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The Power of Place

“Place: it’s where we’re from; it’s where we’re going. . . . It asks for our attention and care. If we pay attention, place has much to teach us.”

With this belief as a foundation, The Power of Place offers a comprehensive and compelling case for making communities the locus of learning for students of all ages and backgrounds.

Dispelling the notion that place-based education is an approach limited to those who can afford it, the authors describe how schools in diverse contexts urban and rural, public and private have adopted place-based programs as a way to better engage students and attain three important goals of education: student agency, equity, and community.

Place-Based Education (PBE) is an approach to education that takes advantage of geography to make learning authentic, meaningful and engaging for learners. PBE is defined as 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.” We hope you enjoy our multi-year campaign of developing school and community profiles, resources and our new guide to PBE “The Power of Place”.


What is Place-Based Education and Why Does it Matter?

Quick Start Guide to Implementing Place-Based Education

Quick Start Guide to Place-Based Professional

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21 Tips for Connecting Learners to Their Community

By: Becs Boyd. Successfully bringing learning out of the classroom requires good relationships between educators, administrators, students and the community. These tips can help in getting started with Place-Based Education.

5 Tech-Free Classroom Innovations, and Ideas for Getting Started

We don’t need unlimited funding or fancy high-tech toys to innovate our practice. Often, we just need to think differently. Here are five simple tech-free innovative learning experiences that will help you and your students think differently.

What is Place-Based Education and Why Does it Matter?

As part of a three-part series sharing information and experiences we've gathered from dozens of contributors around the power of Place-Based Education (PBE), this first publication provides an overview of PBE including definitions, benefits and examples.

How to Give Students Future-Ready Skills Through Community Service

With community-engaged projects, students learn to solve problems, think creatively, manage uncertainty, and most importantly, how to coordinate and work with others. According to The World Economic Forum, these are the same top 5 future skills needed for 2020.

5 Levels of Place-Based Learning Implementation

By: Nate McClennen. As we approach the possibility of place-based learning at the center of education, here are five levels of PBE for teachers to review to help guide and characterize its implementation in their classroom.

The Past, Present and Future of Place-Based Learning

By: Greg Smith. Place-based education has a long history in education, and this overview of PBE’s roots helps connect the future of place-based education to its rich past.

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Podcast: Rachel Wigglesworth on Learning at Home

More than 36 million of about 50 million US students are learning remotely during the Coronavirus outbreak. But learning at home comes with challenges.

Getting Smart Podcast | Experiencing Place-Based Education at Teton Science Schools

I had the opportunity to spend two days in the beautiful Teton Mountain range experiencing my own place-based learning at Teton Science Schools. Join me on this "audio field trip" for your own place-based experience.

Podcast: Emily Liebtag and Nate McClennen on the Power of Place

On this week's podcast, Tom Vander Ark, Dr. Emily Liebtag, and Nate McClennon discuss their newly published book, The Power of Place: Authentic Learning Through Place-Based Education.

Podcast: Francisco Guajardo on the Language of Place

In this week’s podcast, Tom is speaking with Dr. Francisco Gaujardo. Francisco is a leading voice in bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural education and a noted expert in place-based education.

Giving the Gift of Place

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

Podcast: Dan Condon on Eagle Rock School and PD Center

Today we talk to Dan Condon, the Associate Director of Professional at Eagle Rock School about community-connected project-based learning.