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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 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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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.

Learning Through Community Health Partnerships

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By: Corinne Neil. What happens when a school invites teens to learn about Alzheimer's and dementia from world class researchers & physicians, then connects these young people with Alzheimer's & dementia patients and caregivers? Find out here.

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.

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