Sharon Laidlaw on The Place Network

Key Points

  • The Place Network is rooted in Ecology, Culture and Economy.

  • It’s critical that we teach young people to think about their role in both the local and the global community.

Sharon Laidlaw the Place Network

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Nate McClennen is joined by Sharon Laidlaw, Director of Place Network at Teton Science Schools, to discuss place-based education, a movement that was articulated in the 1990’s and now has become a centerpiece of education innovation everywhere. 

This movement is rekindling purposeful and agency filled learning experiences for young people. And while not explicitly named as place-based, these learning experiences that are unbundled, project-based, and real-world  grounded in the tools of competencies and personalized approaches ALL fit within the place-based paradigm – using learning to engage the real world around real experiences and challenges – and this approach teaches critical skills that are a priority for an increasingly disconnected and complicated world.


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