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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.

Shakespeare's faerie queen, Titania, describes the chaos of climate change caused by "the forgeries of jealousy" in her conflict with Oberon. "From our debate, from our dissension" the world's weather has become chaotic, drowning fields and bringing pestilence, of which "We are their parents and original."

The human mortals want their winter here;
No night is now with hymn or carol blest:
Therefore the moon, the governess of floods,
Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
That rheumatic diseases do abound:

A more profound description of the tumult of climate change has not been written in the 500 years following Shakespeare's pen.
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Ayesha Dharker plays Titania, the queen of the fairies, in a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“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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