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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 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. Visit the Place-Based Education Campaign page to learn more.

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 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. Visit the Place-Based Education Campaign page to learn more.

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Why Place-Based Education?

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Over the past couple of years, along with the Teton Science Schools, we have been exploring place-based education and how it can help connect learners to their communities. We are continuing our exploration in 2019, but wanted to revisit what we’ve learned so far and resources we’ve created to help you get started.

Learning Gardens Provide Equity, Access and Great Food

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Caroline Vander Ark has long appreciated community and school gardens but worried that they often didn’t connect to student learning and create a lasting impact. However, when she heard about the work of Big Green she was intrigued and reached out to Kate Waller, who manages their national growth to learn more.

Design Thinking, City as Classroom, Museum as Homebase

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Tom recently visited the Grand Rapids Public Museum School that's rooted in design thinking and place-based education. Here's a look at the school and how they're using their XQ Super School grant to extend their vision for high-quality, community as a classroom learning opportunities for more students.

A Student’s Perspective on Urban Place-Based Ed

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By Elizabeth Irvin. A senior at Sidwell Friends Schools gives her perspective on urban place-based education.

Giving the Gift of Place

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In this episode Tom & Emily take you on a virtual field trip to Murie Ranch, in the Grand Teton National Park, to talk about place-based education with Christen Girard and Nate McClennen

Network of Place-Based Community-Connected Rural Schools Receive Grant to Expand

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Small community-connected schools sharing resources in networks & leveraging local learning opportunities may be the solution to the rural education decline.

Talking Learner Experience at the Zoo

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In this episode of the podcast, Tom Vander Ark talks learner experience with leaders from Washington state. He focuses on three small community connected, experiential schools in Tacoma, WA. One of which can be found in a zoo.

Get Kids in the Community and Change the World

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It has become apparent that basic literacies are no longer enough. Students must find ways to apply, own, and direct how literacy and problem-solving skills are used. A look at place-based education and how it's doing just that while also building capacity for citizenship.

School Design that Combats Nature Deficit Disorder

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By: Ashley Flores & Lida Lewis. There can be a healthy balance struck between media intake and real-world engagement. This balance is much more likely to happen through intentional design. The good news is that there’s a simple design prescription for what ails: nature. “Biophilic design” focuses on bringing elements of nature—from literal plant and water features to more analogous and referential approaches—into our built environments.

Learning Leadership Skills Outdoors: Place-Based Ed in the Puget Sound

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By: Roberta McFarland. Students in the Waskowitz Environmental Leadership & Service program participate in place-based learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills as well as choose their next steps for college and career.