What is Place-Based Education?

Place-based education immerses students in local heritage, culture, landscapes, opportunities, and experiences as a foundation for the study of science, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and other subjects.

Place-based education encourages teachers and students to use the schoolyard, community, public lands, and other special places as resources, turning communities into classrooms.

Project-focused and inherently tailored by local people to local realities, place-based education is equally relevant in small towns and big cities, equally effective for kindergartners and high school students.

Some web links that have inspired this work:

http://www.promiseofplace.org/

http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/index.html

And a couple documents that tell you more about place-based education:

What is Place-Based Education?
The Benefits of Place-based Education
The Foundations of Place
See this brochure on the benefits of place-based education
from the Place-based Education and Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC).