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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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  • Building a Sustainable Future—One Classroom at a Time

    A mini-golf course, a canoe trip down the local river, a discussion about environmental justice. Here’s how schools are teaching students about environmental science.
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  • With Safety in Mind, Schools Take Classes Outdoors

    There are plenty of logistics to consider, but educators say outdoor classes keep kids and teachers safer—and provide much-needed fresh air.
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  • Engaging Students With Community-Based Projects

    Having high school students research their town, including the history and local issues, can help them see ways to contribute to their community.
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  • Using Origami to Teach Children About Endangered Animals

    As elementary students turn squares of paper into animals they’re studying, the age-old Japanese art form makes lessons more memorable.
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  • 7 Tips for Moving Learning Outside

    Though it can seem daunting, getting students outdoors for even 30 minutes offers many benefits, during the pandemic and beyond. This checklist can help get you started.
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  • Simple Ways to Bring Learning Outside

    Going outside helps students focus, and activities for classes from social studies to math can incorporate the natural world.
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  • 5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

    An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors.
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  • Moving From the Comfort Zone to the Challenge Zone

    When we are faced with challenges, our brains are activated to learn new things—so long as a foundation of safety, belonging, and trust is there as well.
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  • A Place-Based Approach to PBL

    A veteran teacher and author discusses how to bring fieldwork into your project-based learning curriculum.
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  • Connecting Student Learning Across Subjects

    When teachers collaborate on projects across subjects, they can drive engagement in all of their classes.
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  • When Your School Is a Museum

    In Grand Rapids, Michigan, an award-winning school has been the catalyst for a district turnaround after a 20-year decline.
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  • Turning the Community Into a Classroom

    See how students investigate real issues in their communities—and check out an e-book on how to adopt this type of program.
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  • Place-Based Learning: A Multifaceted Approach

    Connecting learning to students’ surroundings—the buildings, the landscape—covers content goals and builds community pride.
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  • Learning Kids Can Put Their Hands On

    Taking kids outside—whatever environment your school is in—provides a new path to engagement in learning.
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  • 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.
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