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.

Two teachers, a community volunteer, an administrator and four student presenters from Experiencia Preparatory Academy attended the Eco-Justice and Advocacy Conference at EMU! We loved all the sessions we attended ... but we especially loved presenting. It's not often that students are able to be public leaders of their own learning! ... See MoreSee Less

Did you attend the annual EcoJustice and Advocacy Conference? Tell us what your favorite session was and why! ... See MoreSee Less

“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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