Place Based Education
Place-Based Education (PBE) is anytime, anywhere learning that leverages the power of place, and learning space – 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.
Physical isolation presents a barrier to the kind of authentic learning we often desire in 21st-century schools. Learning Suites are part of the solution to break out of isolated learning environments.
In many ways, the factors that spur teachers to change jobs or thrive are similar to those influencing employees in a corporate environment. Research can help develop facilities that attract and retain teachers, reduce stress and support the aspirations of educators.
In Tacoma, WA, there is a small network of three specialized high schools providing a wide range of students with an entirely unique high school experience. This blog post looks at how these schools are rethinking education in an urban environment.