POV: When a “new” idea comes up of “something to try” that will “revolutionize” how students learn…
Because WHO HAS TIME to add one more thing to your already-packed schedules?
Rest assured, this is not that. Place-based education isn’t new, and it isn’t something to add on to what you’re already doing.
Place-based education IS a way to reframe what you’re already doing in a way that helps your students learn. By connecting content to your students’ immediate surroundings, it helps the content be more “sticky,” more meaningful. Which means better outcomes for your students and, ultimately, a better experience for you, too.
Let’s look at some examples of Place-Based Education
These projects are just the beginning – feel free to explore the 60+ examples from schools across the US!
What’s so special about these schools?
Honestly, nothing. If they can do place-based projects like these, you can, too. You might need a little bit of support, and that’s where we come in…
For educators and schools interested in learning more about PBE, take a peek at the Place Network, a collaborative network of rural K-12 schools committed to place-based teaching. We believe that with support from fellow educators and leaders, sample curriculum, and coaching or training, we can accelerate student learning and outcomes for rural students across the continent.
Stay tuned for more information about this supportive and growing network!
One final note – if dipping your toes into the place-based education waters feels a little intimidating, here’s some advice from fellow teachers and students: