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Place-Based Learning

Connecting Inquiry, Community, and Culture

By: Micki Evans, Charity Marcella Moran, Erin Sanchez

Foreword by: Lisa Delpit

Empowering educators to cultivate student connections to place, culture, and community, this book provides tools and principles for teaching and learning beyond the classroom walls. Teachers can learn to enrich the traditional curricula with authentic, community-driven experiences that create student ownership.

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Seven place-based learning design principles to promote equity for all students

Understand the impact a sense of place has on education, culture, and community. The authors share seven place-based learning design principles to help educators implement projects smoothly, from start to finish. With their project-planning tools and community asset map, teachers, school coaches, and leaders will be equipped to empower students and promote equity for all.

Grades 4–12 teachers, instructional designers, and school leaders will:

  • Learn the seven place-based learning design principles and apply them
  • Understand what role maps and countermapping have in establishing a sense of place and how to map community’s assets
  • Build meaningful community partnerships with students using collaborative projects
  • Empower students to confront inequitable societal structures
  • Reflect on key takeaways and consider chapter-ending questions to further their place-based learning practice

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Product Code: BKG106, EKF651

ISBN: 9781954631816

Published By: Solution Tree

“Rich with examples and stories, Place-Based Learning invites readers to consider their curriculum from multiple perspectives and to adopt practices that allow our students to see the world—and themselves—in a more honest and nuanced way. The authors share a guiding belief in the importance of tying our curriculum to place, in providing pathways for action and community connectedness, and in the urgency of elevating Black, Brown and Indigenous narratives and ways of knowing. They offer practical tools and strategies so readers can plan, implement, and evaluate their own place-based learning experiences, and they provide the rationale for a more culturally diverse, community-connected form of education that all students deserve.”

Jennifer D. Klein, speaker, facilitator, and coach; author, The Global Education Guidebook; coauthor, The Landscape Model of Learning

Place-Based Learning is a magnificent exploration of the way we think about educating our youth through lessons that are familiar and relevant. As a Native Hawaiian teaching artist, I appreciate the step-by-step breakdown of how to customize an educational journey that empowers our students to take full ownership of their learning, developing the next generation of leaders who are firmly rooted in who they are in their communities and in this world.”

Kealoha Wong, first poet laureate emeritus of Hawaiʻi

“How can educators design learning experiences that honor what students know, address authentic challenges, and promote social justice? Place-Based Learning assures us that such powerful opportunities are within every teacher’s reach and, indeed, in every student’s best interest. Micki Evans, Charity Marcella Moran, and Erin Sanchez—a powerhouse team with nearly a century of collective wisdom, practical experience, and commitment to equity—are trustworthy guides to help you on your journey.”

Suzie Boss, project-based learning advocate and author

Place-Based Learning shows how a strong classroom community can profoundly enrich school culture and empower student learning. It brings a shift to my practice, offering me guidance on ways to take my outreach beyond the basics of what educators typically do. The insights, and spaces to work within the book, provide opportunities to elevate your teaching and grow your impact. This book is a must-read for any educator seeking to cultivate a transformative educational experience through placed-based learning!”

Andre Daughty, speaker and educational presenter
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