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Place-Based Education (PBE) is anytime, anywhere learning that leverages the power of place, and not just the power of technology, to personalize learning. PBE is an immersive learning experience that “places students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences, using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum.” PBE is also a natural complement to Personalized and Project-Based Learning, providing a way to connect these efforts to students' local environment for engaging learning that leads to more engaged citizens. Learn more about our Place-Based Education series at our Place-Based Ed Campaign page.

Place-Based Education

Home Series Place-Based Education
Place-Based Education (PBE) is anytime, anywhere learning that leverages the power of place, and not just the power of technology, to personalize learning. PBE is an immersive learning experience that “places students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences, using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum.” PBE is also a natural complement to Personalized and Project-Based Learning, providing a way to connect these efforts to students' local environment for engaging learning that leads to more engaged citizens. Learn more about our Place-Based Education series at our Place-Based Ed Campaign page.

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Get Kids in the Community and Change the World

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It has become apparent that basic literacies are no longer enough. Students must find ways to apply, own, and direct how literacy and problem-solving skills are used. A look at place-based education and how it's doing just that while also building capacity for citizenship.

School Design that Combats Nature Deficit Disorder

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By: Ashley Flores & Lida Lewis. There can be a healthy balance struck between media intake and real-world engagement. This balance is much more likely to happen through intentional design. The good news is that there’s a simple design prescription for what ails: nature. “Biophilic design” focuses on bringing elements of nature—from literal plant and water features to more analogous and referential approaches—into our built environments.

Learning Leadership Skills Outdoors: Place-Based Ed in the Puget Sound

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By: Roberta McFarland. Students in the Waskowitz Environmental Leadership & Service program participate in place-based learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills as well as choose their next steps for college and career.

Place-Based Professional Development in the Water Systems of California

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By: Stacey Rafalowski. Whether it’s a student excursion or an educator expedition, bringing the excitement of discovery and the thrill of first-hand experiences to learners helps to engage, inform, and expand the classroom into the real world in a deeply empowering way.

How to Give Students Future-Ready Skills Through Community Service

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With community-engaged projects, students learn to solve problems, think creatively, manage uncertainty, and most importantly, how to coordinate and work with others. According to The World Economic Forum, these are the same top 5 future skills needed for 2020.

A Place-Based Micro-School in the Heart of D.C.

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Whether at the early childhood or the high school level, we see that leaders are listening to their students and developing responsive microschool models. Have a good learning idea? Try it with six kids tomorrow.

Building Student Ownership Through Community Mapping

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What if we engaged students in the community around real problems, with real outcomes? What if they partnered with organizations who benefited from their insight? Community mapping is one way to make it happen

Where Place-Based Ed Fits Into NGLC’s Fields of Learning

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Next Generation Learning Challenge just released the final two reports in their 12 part MyWays Student Success Series. Learn more about their findings, and where place-based education fits in, here.

Every School Needs a Garden

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When our school opened in 2008, we knew we wanted a garden. Since then, I have come to believe quite ardently that growing food is an important life skill, as it is a perfect way to teach students how to use wherever they're at for rich learning experiences.

5 Tech-Free Classroom Innovations, and Ideas for Getting Started

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We don’t need unlimited funding or fancy high-tech toys to innovate our practice. Often, we just need to think differently. Here are five simple tech-free innovative learning experiences that will help you and your students think differently.

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