First PBE Workshop series a success!

Southwest Charter School, with a grant from the OR Dept. of Education, concluded our first series of Place-based Education Design Workshops earlier this month.

The first workshop was an introduction to Place-based learning provided by the expert teaching staff here at Southwest Charter School. Several teachers took advantage of months long mentoring by these same teachers to create, and in some cases implement, Place-based curriculum units. A few weeks ago, they gathered again to share what they had created and learned through the process. From the African American history of West Linn to the creation of an emergency preparedness app, the projects were well conceived and engaging.

Here is some of the feedback from participants:

“Very excited to implement my unit. I thought the planning process was easy (and) very fruitful and the mentor helped to support me with clear communication. Great class!”

“I wish I could go through this process again and again. It is so nice to be in a community with people who share my educational philosophy and to finally have a name for it: Place-based Education”

“Thank you guys for being so flexible with time and supportive. I have loved the resources and am happy to have been a part of such  great and inspiring professional development.”

The next series starts June 17th, 2017. If you would like to join, please fill out this survey to register. Currently active teachers qualify for a stipend and mileage reimbursement but all are welcome. Feel free to contact our Grant Manager directly as well at



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