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Place-Based Learning

Photos: A Look Inside the Grand Rapids Museum School

A struggling district expands the concept of the school campus—using a museum, a zoo, and the city to teach its students.

June 8, 2017

In 2015, an innovative middle school opened inside the Grand Rapids Public Museum, a cultural site that dates back to 1854. An experiment in place-based education, the Museum School recently won a coveted XQ Super Schools award and is driving widespread adoption of its model across the district—bringing families and students back to a city in an economic and cultural downturn.

Place-Based Learning

When Your School Is a Museum

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