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Place-based education offers an ideal opportunity to develop strong, positive partnerships among community stakeholders – in fact, it can’t succeed without them. These partnerships can also help stakeholders build momentum to achieve their own respective missions. Launching a place-based education program in your school and community requires gradually building understanding, enthusiasm and commitment. We have found that a combination of engaging exercises and strong organization tools works best.

Learning to Make Choices for the Future cover Here are some tools and exercises that may be helpful to you as you explore the opportunities to build support for place-based education initiatives in your community. (adapted from Questing by Delia Clark and Steven Glazer, University Press of New England, 2004, and the PLACE website.)

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Louisiana Voices: Students Share their Experiences of Katrina Using Kamishibai

Students in Louisiana used "Kamishibai", a Japanese storytelling tradition, to share with their classmates their personal experiences of Katrina. They drew illustrative pictures on several large pieces of cardstock. Upon completion, each student used the cards to tell their story to their classmates. The project was healing for students, and helped to unify classrooms of displaced children. Go to www.louisianavoices.org for hundreds of ideas for place-based curricula.


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