New Place-Based Education Article by Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson, the Fieldwork and Place-Based Education Coordinator of Southwest Charter School has written a new article for

Here is a sample of the article below:

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?

At Southwest Charter School, a small public K-8 school in Portland, Oregon, we attempt to teach much of our curriculum through a place-based lens. When designing units, we consider standards and developmental appropriateness along with service-learning opportunities and the needs of our partner organizations. Students inevitably meet and interact with members of the local community and more deeply explore their own classroom community to gain greater insight into how the world works and how problems can be solved.


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Building Diverse Perspectives through Place-Based Education

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