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.
Whether the goal is to move off of the islands or lay roots in Hawaiʻi, Nalukai Academy prepares its youth for an entrepreneurial future that will lead to stewardship and a positive impact on their community.
Community Learning Hubs have become a lifeline for students that are in all virtual and hybrid school models providing a safe place to be throughout the day and, in some cases, evenings.
On this monthly town hall, we went long on place-based education and the ways in which it is a powerful tool for building community and inquiry. We also discussed the ways in which community-connected projects are an outstanding way to continue learning through the summer and beyond.
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.