Students all over Southeast Michigan are thriving outside of the classroom.

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Creating community stewardship
through student citizenship

Community stewardship transforms education and our future. The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS Coalition) nurtures partnerships between schools and innovative thinkers in the community. We build communities that support visionary practices in our schools and beyond— so that students can grow into citizen-stewards of healthy ecological-social systems.


Place-based education drives student engagement

Place-based education is more than taking a fun field trip. It’s a transformative approach that makes learning real and empowers students to create positive change in their communities while mastering an integrated array of skills.  Learn more.

Who are we without an understanding of the history of our 'place'? The more we know and understand, the more we can name. The more we can name, the more we understand.

The North Star, settlements of freedom-seekers in Canada, by historian Matt Siegfried.
Any idea how many of these families/people lived in the SE Michigan area? Check it out to see, you will be impressed!
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I was fortunate to take a trip this weekend to visit some of the places in Canada with deep ties to Ypsilanti's black history. Ypsilanti was part of a community across the Detroit River rooted in the ...

“SEMIS Coalition is modeling, for educational activists, strategies aimed at empowering youth to become ‘solutionaries’ capable of improving the health of human and natural environments.”

Dr. Gregory Smith

Author, Place-Based Education in the Global Age: Local Diversity

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Connect, learn, search and share perspectives in place-based learning in the Common Room. It’s more than a blog; it’s a new space for creating relationships and strengthening communities in Southeast Michigan.

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