By. Sarah Anderson, Fieldwork and Place-Based Education Coordinator, Southwest Charter School (Portland, Oregon)
Place-based education is helping students make greater connections between their lives, their learning, and the places where they live. Through this approach, teachers find ways to merge curricular objectives with the goals of local agencies and organizations with the aim of strengthening local neighborhoods, cities, and towns. There has been evidence that place-based education increases student engagement while decreasing the achievement gap. (Place-based Education Evaluation Collaborative, 2010) But in addition to offering an exciting and successful mode for learning, how does place-based education help expose students to the diverse perspectives and experiences within their communities….
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