Category Archives: Place Based Education

An Artist Says NOW is the Time to Involve Our Students in their Community

A very powerful interview with artist Margo Mullen, a passionate believer in bringing people and communities together through Place Based Service-Learning (and Art of course!) As Margo says, “Now is the time”. — Thanks to Nathalie Sanchez and Emiliano Brooks-Luna for … Continue reading

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“Obvious” Questions & Thinking Like a Child

By DONNA MARIA ROMEO, PhD. Have you ever found yourself talking to someone about a seemingly mundane subject, such as “your morning cup of coffee routine,” only to discover to your surprise that he or she doesn’t have a morning … Continue reading

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Taking an Empathic Approach to Learning Through Community Based Fieldwork

By JOE BROOKS, Director, Community Works Institute (CWI) We had a great conversation in Los Angeles recently, with veteran educators Felipe Sanchez and Alexandra Gonzales. (a video is included below) Alexandra is a science/STEM teacher from Long Beach, California who … Continue reading

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Oral History in the Digital Era: Narratives of Latin@s in Ohio

By ELENA FOULIS Throughout my academic career, I have looked at ways in which authors of fiction rely on personal and family memory to tell the stories of their characters. Writers like Graciela Limón, Gayle Jones, and Denise Chavez link … Continue reading

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Freeways and Country Lanes: A Rebirth of the Small Community School?

By STUART GRAUER Dr. Stuart Grauer is a teacher, the founding Head of School at The Grauer School, and Founder of The Small Schools Coalition. “Will metro areas evolve from the behemoths they are today into a series of smaller … Continue reading

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English Learners Building Language and Belonging through Folk Arts Education

By LUCINDA MEGILL LEGENDRE, JANICE PREVAIL, KRISTIN M. LARSEN, AMY BRUECK, and LINDA DEAFENBAUGH Folk Arts Building Language and Belonging Schools and educational programs intentionally designed to support the academic, linguistic, cultural, and social-emotional needs of newcomer English Learners (ELs) … Continue reading

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Children of Shangri-Lost

By MAUREEN K. PORTER and SUSAN A. DAWKINS We are a group of youth in Pittsburgh who want to show the world that despite being displaced and sometimes forgotten, we have not forgotten who we are and what we have … Continue reading

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CommonLore—Building Empathy One Student at a Time

CommonLore—We’re Building Empathy One Student at a Time, by connecting students to the people of their communities. learn more: commonlore.org             CommonLore is a powerful place based service-learning and ethnography focused training and support program … Continue reading

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Bringing Teaching and Learning to the Local Community

Educators from across the U.S. and well beyond gathered at CWI’s Summer EAST and WEST Institutes on Place Based Service-Learning. Our collective goal: to make community based learning a core experience for all of our students. It’s been a powerful … Continue reading

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The Stone Wall Project: A Reflection on Hands-On Learning and Immovable Objects

by MARTINA DANCING EDITORS NOTE: The Stone Wall Project at Guilford Central School in Vermont was part of a long term effort to create and demonstrate the effect and power of hands-on place basedservice-learning experiences — for both students and … Continue reading

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