Location, location, location! See what happens when schoolwork explores students' connections with local history, environment, culture, or economy.
- A veteran teacher and author discusses how to bring fieldwork into your project-based learning curriculum.
- In Grand Rapids, Michigan, an award-winning school has been the catalyst for a district turnaround after a 20-year decline.
- A struggling district expands the concept of the school campus—using a museum, a zoo, and the city to teach its students.
- 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.
- See how students investigate real issues in their communities—and check out an e-book on how to adopt this type of program.
- Connecting learning to students’ surroundings—the buildings, the landscape—covers content goals and builds community pride.
- When teachers collaborate on projects across subjects, they can drive engagement in all of their classes.
- Taking kids outside—whatever environment your school is in—provides a new path to engagement in learning.
- Two Canadian experiential leadership programs usher students into the great outdoors to pique their academic curiosity while enhancing their physical and mental health.
- "All I needed during middle school was to feel a part of something, and connecting to my community brought me that." -- Grace Whitmore, Hood River Middle School alumna
- 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.
- On a family farm, parents teach their kids STEM skills through their farmwork.
- Kids in Waldkindergarten, also known as forest kindergarten, are building fires and braving the snow. And they're all the better for it.
- When you offer students extra credit to take field trips without you, you give them agency to bring related classroom content alive in new ways.
- Edutopia blogger Monica Burns proves that technology has a place in the great outdoors with her list of iPad apps to help kids identify birds and trees, navigate with maps, tie knots, and explore national parks.