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Strengthening place based education on the sunshine coast

Strengthening “Place-Based Education” on the Sunshine Coast

A “Grassroots” Model


What is place based education

What is “Place-Based” Education?


What is place based education1

What is “Place-Based” Education?

  • Place-based education (PBE) is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum.


What is place based education2

What is “Place-Based” Education?

  • Place-based education (PBE) is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum.


What is place based education3

What is “Place-Based” Education?

  • Place-based education (PBE) is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum.

  • Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens.


What is place based education4

What is “Place-Based” Education?

  • Place-based education (PBE) is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum.

  • Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens.


What is place based education5

What is “Place-Based” Education?

  • Place-based education (PBE) is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum.

  • Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens.

  • Community vitality and environmental quality are improved through the active engagement of local citizens, community organizations, and environmental resources.


Strengthening place based education on the sunshine coast

Learning takes place on-site in the school, the local community and environment.

Learning focuses on local themes, systems, and content.

Learning is personally relevant to the learner.

Learning experiences contribute to the community’s vitality and environmental quality and support the community’s role in fostering global environmental quality.

Learning is supported by strong and varied partnerships with local organizations, agencies, businesses, and government.

PBE Foundational Principles:


Strengthening place based education on the sunshine coast

Learning takes place on-site in the school, the local community and environment.

Learning focuses on local themes, systems, and content.

Learning is personally relevant to the learner.

Learning experiences contribute to the community’s vitality and environmental quality and support the community’s role in fostering global environmental quality.

Learning is supported by strong and varied partnerships with local organizations, agencies, businesses, and government.

Learning is interdisciplinary.

Learning experiences are tailored to the local audience.

Learning is grounded in and supports the development of a love for one’s place.

Local learning serves as the foundation for understanding and participating appropriately in regional and global issues.

Place-based education programs are integral to achieving other institutional goals.

PBE Foundational Principles:


Hey that sounds a bit like

Hey, that sounds a bit like…

  • Environmental Education

  • Field Trips

  • Service Learning

  • Sustainability Education

  • Project-based Learning

  • Collaborative Instruction

  • Cooperative Learning

  • Outdoor Education

  • Community-based investigations

  • Experiential Ed


Why place based education

WhyPlace-Based Education?

“The findings are clear: place-based education fosters students’ connection to place and creates vibrant partnerships between schools and communities. It boosts student achievement and improves environmental, social and economic vitality.”

The Benefits of Place-based Education:

A Report from the PBE Evaluation Collaborative

(Second Edition)


But why here on the sunshine coast

But why here, on the Sunshine Coast?

The Sunshine Coast has numerous attributes that lend themselves to supporting a local PBE Initiative, including:


But why here on the sunshine coast1

But why here, on the Sunshine Coast?

  • A relatively small, connected community

The Sunshine Coast has numerous attributes that lend themselves to supporting a local PBE Initiative, including:


But why here on the sunshine coast2

But why here, on the Sunshine Coast?

  • A relatively small, connected community

  • A variety of superb, accessible learning sites around the coast

The Sunshine Coast has numerous attributes that lend themselves to supporting a local PBE Initiative, including:


But why here on the sunshine coast3

But why here, on the Sunshine Coast?

  • A relatively small, connected community

  • A variety of superb, accessible learning sites around the coast

  • A multigenerational demographic with practical skills and a culture of volunteerism

The Sunshine Coast has numerous attributes that lend themselves to supporting a local PBE Initiative, including:


But why here on the sunshine coast4

But why here, on the Sunshine Coast?

  • A relatively small, connected community

  • A variety of superb, accessible learning sites around the coast

  • A multigenerational demographic with practical skills and a culture of volunteerism

  • Local leading-edge professional educational expertise in the field

The Sunshine Coast has numerous attributes that lend themselves to supporting a local PBE Initiative, including:


But why here on the sunshine coast5

But why here, on the Sunshine Coast?

  • A relatively small, connected community

  • A variety of superb, accessible learning sites around the coast

  • A multigenerational demographic with practical skills and a culture of volunteerism

  • Local leading-edge professional educational expertise in the PBE field

  • A growing community awareness of the need for sustainable change

The Sunshine Coast has numerous attributes that lend themselves to supporting a local PBE Initiative, including:


The grassroots community will is there

The grassroots community will is there:

On April 1, 2010, over 100 community members with an interest in “environmental education” came together to give new SCRD EE coordinator Julie Clark their collective vision of what her role might include. This, and other mind-maps resulted.


Is it relevant what current educational and social challenges would a pbe initiative help address

Is it relevant?What current Educational and Social Challenges would aPBE initiative help address?

  • Provincial underfunding of education

  • Meeting different learning style needs

  • Fostering active citizenship/engaged community

  • Cultural age demographic stratification

  • Connecting a digital generation to their home place

  • The challenge of living Sustainably


Strengthening place based education on the sunshine coast

Sounds interesting…where do we sit?


L earn more

Learn more…

…background information, examples, research, approaches…

www.promiseofplace.org


What now

What Now?

In the Long Term,

our group’s

goal is to develop a sustainable program that supports both classroom teachers and site staff in increasing the frequency and quality of Place-based Education on the Sunshine Coast


What now1

What Now?

Short and Medium Term goals include:

  • Build on impetus from last year’s “Langdale Summit” of non-formal educators

  • Survey classroom teachers as to bridges and barriers to quality PBE experiences

  • Develop Sunshine Coast Local Resource Guide, linking to curriculum PLO’s

  • Further local awareness of PBE initiative

In the Long Term,

our group’s

goal is to develop a sustainable program that supports both classroom teachers and site staff in increasing the frequency and quality of Place-based Education on the Sunshine Coast


What now2

What Now?

Short and Medium Term goals include:

  • Build on impetus from last year’s “Langdale Summit” of non-formal educators

  • Survey classroom teachers as to bridges and barriers to quality PBE experiences (Done)

  • Develop Sunshine Coast Local Resource Guide, linking to curriculum PLO’s

  • Further local awareness of PBE initiative

In the Long Term,

our group’s

goal is to develop a sustainable program that supports both classroom teachers and site staff in increasing the frequency and quality of Place-based Education on the Sunshine Coast


Feb 17 2012 pro d day

Feb 17 2012 Pro-D Day

  • Chatelech School

  • 10 Self-Selected Teachers

  • 2hrs

  • 1 brief presentation (this one)

  • 1 sorting activity


Feb 17 2012 pro d day1

Feb 17 2012 Pro-D Day

  • Chatelech School

  • 10 Self-Selected Teachers

  • 2hrs

  • 1 brief presentation (this one!)

  • 1 sorting activity

  • 1 questionnaire


Strengthening place based education on the sunshine coast

For every child…

…a banana slug


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