Place-based education offers an ideal opportunity to develop strong, positive partnerships among community stakeholders – in fact, it can’t succeed without them. These partnerships can also help stakeholders build momentum to achieve their own respective missions. Launching a place-based education program in your school and community requires gradually building understanding, enthusiasm and commitment. We have found that a combination of engaging exercises and strong organization tools works best.
Here are some tools and exercises that may be helpful to you as you explore the opportunities to build support for place-based education initiatives in your community. (adapted from Questing by Delia Clark and Steven Glazer, University Press of New England, 2004, and the PLACE website.)
Technical Science Writing Project
A local hardware store provides unassembled wheelbarrows to a local junior high school science class. The students put the wheelbarrows together, critique the assembly directions, and then write letters to the company indicating how they could make the directions more user-friendly. This synthesis of practical science and writing help the hardware store while improving student skills.
Great Brook Middle School
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