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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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On the Ground with Place-Based Ed: Investigating City Plans

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By: Annie Holub. It was probably the craziest field trip idea I’d ever had, and I was sure my principal would say no. But in the end, my students agreed that their experience with Place-Based Ed was valuable and worthwhile. Here's what we did.

Three Examples of K-12 Global Place-Based Education

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By: Jason Agins. Place-based education takes a bold approach to maximizing learning through geography, and online learning students who travel with their families often thrive from these unique additional learning opportunities. Here are three such students.

Maritime and Place-Based Learning in a Rural District

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By: Sarah Rubenstein. Our small, rural, waterfront school district is three years into a five-year initiative that will transform it into a place-based, maritime-themed district. Here's what we've learned so far.

Quick Start Guide to Place-Based Professional Learning

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As educators begin to think about how the community can be a classroom for students, it is important for them to develop their own sense of place and long-term strategies to ensure effective implementation. This guide can help prepare teachers for Place-Based Education.

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.

Infographic | The Potential of Place-Based Education

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Our Place-Based Education infographic provides a visual overview of the goals for, benefits of and design principles behind place-based learning.

6 Phases of Professional, Place-Based Learning

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By Nate McClennen - The transition to place-based education takes learning on the part of teachers, and thoughtful implementation on the part of leaders. Here are the six steps we use to make sure it's successful.

Getting Smart Podcast | Implementing Place-Based Education

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The second podcast in our Place-Based Education campaign shares the perspectives of the teachers, leaders and learners at Teton Science Schools, with advice on how to implement PBE in your classroom, school, campus and community.

What is Place-Based Education and Why Does it Matter?

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As part of a three-part series sharing information and experiences we've gathered from dozens of contributors around the power of Place-Based Education (PBE), this first publication provides an overview of PBE including definitions, benefits and examples.

Teacher Advice: Pack Your Bags!

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By: Mary Wang. Not everyone enjoys traveling, but that doesn't mean that everyone shouldn't have the chance to. Pack your bags and take your students out—you never know what you may inspire!

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