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.

Place Based Education

Town Hall Recap: Every Place is a Place

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.

Place Based Education

TOPOnexus: Bringing Back Wonder and Whoa!

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.

Getting Through

What the Pandemic Taught Us

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.

Place Based Education

Edible School Yard: A Place to Influence Interdisciplinary Skills

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.