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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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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.

On Beautiful Shared Places

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We recently created a list of the most pressing issues of our time, and beautiful shared places kept appearing. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at a dialogue with our team and Getting Smart friends about why there is a need for these in our world.

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.

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