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They Remember What They Touch: The Impact of Place-Based Learning in East Feliciana Parish.

Rural School and Community Trust

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Research Design

The Rural School and Community Trust works at the grassroots level to reform schools and communities across the country. In 1999-2000, they began Project Connect, a district wide place-based math and science initiative in Louisiana. Traditionally, this region had scored lower than the state average in all areas. 52 teachers participated in 1 or more of 3 consecutive summer trainings and research investigated 4th grade ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies scores on Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP 21), 1998-2002. The study compared district to state for % of students at “unsatisfactory” level.

Summary of Findings