Teton Science Schools

Educating for a Vibrant World

Place-Based Education Professional Development
Teacher Learning Center
Saturday Apr 7, 2018
Forsyth School, 6235 Wydown Blvd, St Louis, MO 63105, USA

About The Event

The Teton Science School's Teacher Learning Center in partnership with the Experiential Education Exchange presents a one-day training introducing place-based education and principles of place-based learning. The day will be engaging and active with opportunities to get to know the economy, ecology and culture of the St. Louis area better through inquiry-based explorations. Lunch provided.

Participants are eligible for 1 continuing education credit from the University of Wyoming for a $50 fee. Pre-reading and post-program follow-up will be required for the credit.

Educational Framework: The Teacher Learning Center (TLC) at Teton Science Schools has implemented a variety of professional development experiences for both public and private schools. An educational framework is used by the TLC to help guide these experiences. The framework is neutral to benchmarks and standards and thus can be implemented in any school. Central to the framework is the concept of understanding place as a tool to engage students and integrate curriculum.

Place-Based Education Principles

  • Local to Global Context - Local learning serves as a model for understanding regional and global challenges, opportunities and connections. An understanding of self is a starting point to understanding place.
  • Learner-Centered - Learning is personally relevant to students and enables student agency. The teacher serves as a guide or facilitator to learning.
  • Inquiry-Based - Learning is grounded in observing, asking relevant questions, making predictions, and collecting data to understand the world through economic, ecological, and cultural lenses.
  • Design Thinking - Design thinking provides a systematic approach for students to make meaningful impact in communities through the curriculum.
  • Community as Classroom - Communities serve as learning ecosystems for schools where local and regional experts, experiences, and places are part of the expanded definition of a classroom.
  • Interdisciplinary Approach - The curriculum matches the real world where the traditional subject area content, skills, and dispositions are taught through an integrated and frequently project-based approach where all learners are accountable and challenged.

Core Competencies

Critical to the implementation of this framework are three core competencies that we believe are essential to support high levels of student learning: community leadership, educational approach, and intentional culture.

Program Goals

Introduce place-based education, TSS Framework, and 6 principles of place-based education
Engage in an inquiry-based experience to learn more about place and practice the inquiry process
Plan for a place-based lesson

To sign up for this opportunity, please click here.


For more information, please contact tlc@tetonscience.org.


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