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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.

About the Keynote Speaker

We are excited to announce that Lynnette Grey Bull will be the keynote speaker for our 2023 Place-based Education Symposium!

If you’re unfamiliar with Lynnette, she has been an active advocate for Indian Country for over 10 years. Ms. Grey Bull is the Founder/Director of Not Our Native Daughters – an organization that focuses on the work and education of Human Trafficking and the Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls. Lynnette serves on the Wyoming Governor’s Task Force for Missing, Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) – which she proposed Wyoming Governor Gordan create and implement, and the Wyoming Human Trafficking Task Force. Ms. Grey Bull also advocates for diversity and inclusion of Native Americans, Indigenous preservation of land and water rights, child protection, cultural & traditional competency, environmental justice, and voting rights. Attached is her bio to learn more about her background.

Ms. Grey Bull’s keynote speechPursuing Environmental Justice Through The Indigenous Voice. Working towards the greater collective. There are practical ways to advance environmental justice. Elevate the voices of impacted communities. It is amplifying the expertise towards the cause. Engaging tribal communities directly impacts policy reform and aids in diversifying the conservation realm. GreyBull aspires to enhance the shared synergetic efforts of environmental justice.

Registration is now OPEN for the 2023 Symposium

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.

Here are the options:

PBE_SYMPOSIUM 2023 Program


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 Event

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.