The SEMIS Coalition Blog
The place to connect, learn and share perspectives in place-based learning
Welcome to our SEMIS Coalition blog! A commons-based digital space for shared resources, images, and more. it’s a place for you to ask questions, interact with peers, and keep current with the latest Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition activities.
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Summer Institute Each year, we design our annual Summer Institute around an ecological theme, creating a common language for engaging in deep cultural-ecological analysis, project planning, and community inquiry and action. Using the best practices of professional...read more
Scope and sequence of professional learning Community partners and classroom-based teachers learn in a collaborative setting throughout the annual 9-day SEMIS Coalition professional development (PD) series. The PD series is cumulative over a one-year period and...read more
Example Lessons, Units, Agendas, and materials created with SEMIS Coalition members and used in the classroom
Can a river be a teacher? Visual Arts lesson: can-a-river-be-a-teacher_lesson-one Eco-Justice and Visual Arts, MS and HS slide show: eco-justice-and-art-education-slide-show A Walk in the Park materials, a year-long 9th grade project with SEMIS Coalition and Detroit...read more
Earth Force Community Action and Problem Solving Process The Six Step Model: https://earthforce.org/community-action-and-problem-solving-process/ Youtube Channel for the Earth Force Six Step...read more
NOAA Assets Document, compiled by Laura Florence: noaa-great-lakes-education-resources-and-links Bay Watersheds Education & Training Program, Meaninful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEE):...read more
Designing Sustained PBE (Place-based Education), created by SEMIS Coalition Program Director, Rebecca Nielsen: designing-sustained-pbe-2016 Backward Design: Backwards Mapping - SEMIS planning updated Questions that Deepen Discussion: Questions that Deepen...read more
What’s in a cup of coffee? At Experiencia Academy, students followed the story of the coffee bean from a roaster in Ohio all the way to the fields where it grows in Mexico, Central and South America. Reach Trade Coffee Company’s Water for the America’s campaign...read more
How do you turn a dumping ground into a teachable space? Hope of Detroit Academy (HODA) students engage in many community-based projects as self-defined stewards of their community. While working on other projects, illegal dumping came up in student conversations as a...read more
What does a Great Lakes prairie have to do with classroom learning? NeinasElementary, in collaboration with The Greening of Detroit, DPS and Friends of The Rouge, engaged students outside the classroom in their local ecology. Their research and partnerships led to a...read more
The Green Team gains STEAM at DIT-CODY With the support of the community and their teachers, students at DIT-CODY are taking the lead in developing STEAM-based solutions to pressing Detroit Public School sustainability needs, like energy, insulation, recycling, and...read more