The recent 2nd Annual Statewide Place-Based Education conference was a historic moment for SEMIS! Over 50 SEMIS students, parents, teachers, community partners, university students, and staff attended the conference leading 8 inspiring presentations.
Two presentations were lead by students. Dorris Williams, one of the leaders of PBE in the country referred to the presentation by students from the Detroit Institute of Technology as an example of what rigorous PBE looks like. The Director of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) quoted the 4th/5th grade students from Ann Arbor Learning Community during an address to conference participants.
We’re well on our way to demonstrating that an EcoJustice approach to PBE is a promising method for promoting rigor, relevance, and social and ecological responsibility. Along with other GLSI hubs, SEMIS is changing the face of education in the State to a model that supports youth and community vitalization.