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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 compliment 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 compliment 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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Growing an Army of Green Schools for Good

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Going Green in education is a popular choice for schools around the globe for many reasons. Here are ten trends that are driving the green schools movement, as well as examples of great schools embracing these trends today.

Back to School with The Power of Place

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Communities and cities are rich with opportunities for place-based learning that we ought to take advantage of. Here are some questions and a reflection that can help with getting started.

Quick Start Guide to Place-Based Education

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Our team has visited hundreds of schools. The best all had something in common: teachers created learning opportunities for students out in the "real world." In this publication, we explore how more teachers and schools can start doing the same.

Smart Review | Is There PBE In Your Water?

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Teacher and parent Andrew Larson takes advantage of his family's vacation to do a fun product review and get in some place-based education practice that could benefit his biology classroom.

Getting Smart Podcast | Improving Learner Experience: Agency, Community, Challenge

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Nate McClennen of Teton Science Schools and Neva Geisler of student-led One Stone school take you on a walking tour of downtown Boise while discussing place-based education, learner experience and the power of community connections.

Avoid Summer Brain Drain with Place-Based Learning

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Avoid summer learning loss with powerful learning experiences outside the classroom walls. With place-based education students can continue learning and connect with their community.

A Literature Class in a Museum: A Place-Based Experience

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This multi-authored post shares a number of perspectives on a college literature class on Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and some of their contemporaries, which was taught on-site at the Stowe and Twain house museums in Hartford, Connecticut.

Place-Based Education Empowers Students to Make Change

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By: Susan Santone. When local government actions removed a community's access to clean water, this teacher used place-based learning to show his students that they were not helpless. Here's how he did it.

10 Reasons to Take Advantage of the Every Kid in a Park Initiative

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As we come off of National Park Week, and as many families begin to look ahead to summer adventures, now is a good time to get the the word out about the Every Kid in a Park initiative and the way it can contribute to the learning of kids everywhere.

The Common Core of the Student Needs the Common Core of Place

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By: Nate McClennen and Milton Chen. Place-Based Education is fundamental to supporting "whole-child" development, as it propels students towards becoming active citizens, and shows them that change is possible and that initiative and creativity are critical.

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