Professional Development & Consulting

Place-Based Symposium

Where Place-based ideas come to life

Teton Science Schools’ annual Place-Based Symposium was originally designed to celebrate the place-based work happening across the organization, bringing together our faculty, staff, AmeriCorps, students, and regional community members to share and discuss best practices in local learning and global citizenship.

Since its establishment in 2015, the Place-Based Symposium has evolved into an annual event through which educators and thought leaders from around the world exchange place-based inspired ideas, learnings, and aspirations.

2023 Symposium Registration Now Open

We are excited to return to an in-person Symposium again in 2023, with opportunities for virtual engagement too.

What: Teton Science Schools’ seventh annual Place-Based Education Symposium, focused on education for a just, vibrant, sustainable world.

When: April 21st, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:30 pm Mountain Time; with the virtual Pre-Symposium poster session taking place asynchronously beginning on April 17, 2023.

Where: In Person @ Teton Science Schools’ Jackson Campus with Virtual opportunities via Zoom and Mighty Networks.

Registration is open with the option for lodging on Friday evening, April 21st at the Teton Science Schools’ Jackson Campus.

Consider presenting at the Symposium

Symposium Themes and Questions to Consider: The 2023 Symposium themes and associated questions can be addressed in any of the presentation formats. We encourage our presenters to consider: why does this matter? How could attendees learn from and replicate or adapt in the future?

  • Teaching the Truth When the Truth is Political
  • The Children Are the Future, but I Need Help Now
  • This Land is Whose Land?


Check out our full Request for Presentation Proposals for details.

Proposals and Deadline: Proposals are due Monday, February 27, 2023, @ 5 pm. To submit, please fill out this Google form. No more than two proposals per person.



Poster Sessions

Pre-Symposium “Place-Based Education In Action” Poster Session – Share a “bite-size” example of Place-based Education addressing one or more of the symposium themes. A website-based gallery walk of posters and an opportunity to interact asynchronously (sharing questions & feedback) with poster presenters. Share an example of a class, lesson, project, or program that demonstrates place-based education in action.

During the


Individual Presentations

Fifteen-minute individual presentations within concurrent sessions, each focused on one of the symposium themes.

  • Share successes or challenges from your place-based education work. Consider a topic from a new perspective. Spark dialogue.
  • Anticipating that these will be presented in person @ Teton Science Schools’ Jackson Campus OR live virtually in Zoom.

Roundtable Discussions

Presenters can propose to lead an in-person dialogue that in-person Symposium attendees will be invited to participate in.  We encourage Roundtable conveners to consider the questions that frame the themes of the event as key questions for discussion.

Keynote Address and Awards

A keynote speaker followed by the People’s Choice Awards.

Missed the Symposium?

Check out the 2022 Place-Based Education Symposium proceedings for videos, ideas and inspiration.