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.)
Urban Ecology Project
Students are involved in all stages of design, construction, study, and maintenance of planter boxes, birdhouses and feeders, a weather station, and a vermiculture station for their urban school. Inmates at Riker's Island prison constructed planters. Staff from the Horticultural Society of New York's Apple Seed Program help design curriculum.
New York, NY
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