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Place-Based Learning

Location, location, location! See what happens when schoolwork explores students' connections with local history, environment, culture, or economy.

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Technology, PBL, and Place-Based Education

A project- and placed-based learning school learns to use cutting-edge technology in the classroom while maintaining a close relationship to its stunning natural setting.

iPads and Arts Education: Rewriting Cultural Narratives with The 524 Project

High school students from DC and Detroit get acquainted via digital media, sharing their own worlds and learning to appreciate each other's world.

Expansive Classrooms: Taking Learning Outside

Two Canadian experiential leadership programs usher students into the great outdoors to pique their academic curiosity while enhancing their physical and mental health.



Using Place-Based Education to Revitalize Rural Schools – and Communities

An innovative program in New Mexico engages schools and students in the growth and development of rural communities.

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Escuelas sin Fronteras

Edutopia senior fellow Milton Chen on forging better relationships between U.S. and Latin American schools.

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Snapshots of Innovation: Travels With Chen (After Steinbeck's Travels with Charley)

Milton Chen, Edutopia's executive director emeritus, offers a glimpse into some exciting developments in public education.

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Career Tech Meets College Prep: Downloads and Resources

A compilation of sites and organizations that provide useful information and resources to help you better understand and implement Career and Technical Education.

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Funding a Career Tech/College Prep Start-Up

Locating the pots of money designated for career tech academies and pathways.

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Animation as a Pathway to College and a Career

Career Technical Classes: Preparing Tomorrow's Skilled Professionals

Learning trade skills without losing sight of college.

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Career-Themed High Schools

A whole-school focus on a specific profession helps make amazing partnerships possible.

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Technology Inspires Self-Directed Learning

EAST -- A Way Forward: Tech Inspires Self-Directed Learning

Students in the Environmental and Spatial Technology program, at Horace Mann Magnet Middle School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, connect with nature through projects that serve their community.

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Geo-Literacy: Using Technology to Forge New Ground

Students use visual learning and communication tools to build an in-depth understanding of geography, geology, and local history.

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The Benefits of Taking Students Outside to Inspire Writing

Student writing can take off when kids are asked to step out of the classroom and into their imaginations.

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Global Education On a Dime: A Low-Cost Way to Connect

Resources to help teachers create international collaboration projects on a small budget.

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Project Learning: Expeditions in Portland, Maine

Project Learning: Expeditions in Portland, Maine

Project learning combined with 1-to-1 laptops creates a rich and rigorous environment for learning at a middle school and a high school in Portland, Maine.

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Wetland Watchers: Kids Care for Their Environment

Wetland Watchers: Kids Care for Their Environment

Through this nationally recognized service-learning project in Louisiana, students have become stewards of the area's fragile wetlands.

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Science and History Lessons Come from Restoring Ancient Ponds

Science and History Lessons Come from Restoring Ancient Ponds

Students develop and manage their own projects with guidance from mentors in this coastal high school's community.

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