Place-based Learning means using the unique resources, cultures, history, and issues of our city and region to root student learning in our place. When students engage with their neighborhood, their city, their lived experiences, they see themselves in the learning. When students feel connected geographically and personally to the topics, the learning comes alive and becomes more meaningful. Place-based learning is just one way we make learning meaningful and authentic.
Place-based learning shows up in unit plans which are focused on local issues and histories. It also shows up in all the ways we get students out into our community to learn from experts in their field, to interview locals about their lived experiences, and to explore the historical and cultural landmarks which tell the story of the borderlands.