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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. We've recently released a new book, The Power of Place: Authentic Learning Through Place-Based Education, which focuses on how 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.

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. We've recently released a new book, The Power of Place: Authentic Learning Through Place-Based Education, which focuses on how 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.

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TOPOnexus: Bringing Back Wonder and Whoa!

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Getting learners out the door to explore their own “backyard” can be a powerful first step in creating community change. Wonder, whoa and the Arc of Action can be used as tools to shift from a checklist to a learner-centered approach.

Dive Into a Virtual Ocean and Three Other Ways Young People Can Experience the Wonder of the World This Earth Day

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Chief Education Officer of National Geographic, Vicki Phillips, explores the ways to engage with the planet from wherever you are this Earth Day.

Strategies and Considerations When Designing for Summer Learning

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There are abundant summer learning opportunities. Alongside Katie Martin, we highlight some of the most compelling and interesting options.

What the Pandemic Taught Us

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By: Casey O’Meara. Slate Valley Unified Union School District’s approach during pandemic teaching relies on flexibility, empathy, experiences as moments for learning, and essential content and skills, and is resulting in lasting change for the district.

Gary Funk & Haley Richardson On Rural Teachers and Rural Schools

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On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom sits down with Gary Funk and Haley Richardson to talk about an innovative rural school network.

Connecting Classroom and Community: 7 Strategies to Try (even virtually)

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By: Kyle Conley. As students return to learning this fall, this is the time to lean into the challenges of delivering deeper learning remotely. Here are seven strategies educators can try to build critical connections for students with their classrooms and communities.

Creating Connections Across Slate Valley for the Common Good

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By: Casey O’Meara. The Slate Valley Unified Union School District applies community-focused experiential teaching and facilitation methods to better support deeper learning for its students.

We Can Never Repay The Earth, But We Can Try

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This Earth Day, we're reflecting on our duty to the planet: to experience it to its fullest and to face the largest issue of our time head-on.

Edible School Yard: A Place to Influence Interdisciplinary Skills

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The Environmental Charter School takes students outside of the classroom to discover local learning and cross-disciplinary applications in the school’s Edible Schoolyard (ESY). Students not only learn how to garden and cook, but they also draw connections to real world issues and current studies.

Oaklore: A Student Podcast About Difference Making in Oakland

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Students in Oakland have launched Oaklore, a student podcast focused on highlighting Oakland's changemakers and cross-generational storytelling.

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