Over the years, we’ve visited and learned from hundreds of schools. We set out to learn more about ways that educators are implementing powerful learner-centered models that prioritize deeper learning and prepare students to thrive in the modern world.

While we do believe in the potential of technology to personalize learning, we’ve discovered that technology is not a prerequisite for personalization. In fact, we learned that there’s a rich history of personalized learning—rooted and contextualized in local communities—that can serve as the foundation for a thriving democracy.

In July we launched a Place-Based Education (PBE) campaign and invited the education community to join our effort. We also committed to sharing what we learned along the way. We disseminated ideas in a blog series with more than 60 contributions and counting. We launched a social media campaign with thousands of tweets. We recorded and released two PBE-focused podcasts. And we’re excited to share that we just released a summary of this effort in a publication titled What is Place-Based Education and Why Does It Matter? This overview is the first in a three-part series and offers new definitions, benefits and examples of PBE.

Our infographic below, The Potential of Place-Based Education, provides a visual overview of the information in the first publication—including the goals for, benefits of and design principles to guide the implementation of place-based learning.

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This infographic is the first in a publication series from Getting Smart. For additional publications in the series, including the recently released “What Is Place-Based Education & Why Does It Matter?” and forthcoming “Quick Start Guide to Implementing Place-Based Education” and “Quick Start Guide to Place-Based Professional Learning,” see our Place-Based Education Campaign page.

For a collection of all of the contributions to the “Learning & The Power of Place” campaign from educators all over the world, see our series of Place-Based Ed posts here. Check out the hundreds of examples of Place-Based Education in action and share your own using #PlaceBasedEd on social media.


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