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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.

Watch this year's keynote session!

The 2022 Place-Based Symposium was held virtually on April 22nd, 2022. Watch the Symposium’s main session, featuring keynote speaker, Amy Azano, or check out this year’s proceedings to watch the Symposium breakout sessions.


Meet our keynote speaker, Amy Azano!

A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime: Understanding Place-Based Relationships

Relationships are tough–even the ones we have with the places we love. We often use place in the classroom to affirm a sense of place, but how can we extend a critical lens for understanding the geographic, economic, social, and political implications of a place? How can we safely and courageously learn for ourselves and teach others to value and evaluate, praise and appraise place, particularly the ones we care the most about? In this keynote presentation, Dr. Amy Price Azano will provide a metaphor for thinking and rethinking our complex relationships with place.

Amy Price Azano, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Rural Education and Adolescent Literacy in the School of Education at Virginia Tech and focuses her scholarship on issues of equity for rural learners. Dr. Azano served as the co-PI on the U.S. Department of Education grant, “Promoting PLACE in Rural Schools,” and is the current PI on two place-based educational grants focused on developing talent in high-poverty rural areas. Dr. Azano is a national and international leader in rural education research who has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters; chairs the American Educational Research Association’s Rural Education Special Interest Group; and is co-editor of The Rural Educator.

She is the co-author of Teaching in Rural Places: Thriving in Rural Classrooms, Schools, and Communities (2021, Routledge); and co-editor of the research monograph Gifted Education in Rural Schools: Developing Place-Based Interventions (2021, Routledge) and The Bloomsbury Handbook of Rural Education in the United States (2021, Bloomsbury). Dr. Azano is the 2021 recipient of the Brzezinski Memorial Research Award by the National Rural Education Association.

Learn more about this year’s Symposium format


Poster Sessions

Ahead of the Symposium, check out a website-based gallery walk of posters that demonstrate place-based education in action! You’ll have the opportunity to interact asynchronously (by sharing questions & feedback) with poster presenters.

Coming Soon: View Posters and Presentations

Pre-Recorded Pecha Kucha

Challenge your thinking about place-based education and consider a topic from a new perspective. Pecha Kucha presentations are 15 slides long with 20 seconds of commentary on each slide (roughly five-minute presentations). They’re fast and fun!

Coming Soon: View Pecha Kucha presentations

During the Event

Individual Presentations

Individual presentations are 15 minutes long and will be broken into one of the Symposium’s four annual themes. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend any session they like, regardless of the theme or “track”.

Virtual Roundtable Discussions

Following individual presentations, presenters will lead a virtual dialogue related to one of the four themes.

Keynote address and awards

Join us for this year’s keynote speaker, Amy Azano. Then, attend the People’s Choice Awards for best presentation, best Pecha Kucha, and best poster voted on by all attendees of the Symposium. Winners will receive a gift certificate!

Missed the Symposium?

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