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.

Our local neighborhood communities are filled with history richer than we realize!

Did you know that "Frederick Douglass spoke three times in Ypsilanti. In 1866, he spoke on Lincoln's assassination, in 1867 on the Perils to the Republic at Hewitt Hall and in 1888 on the presidential elections at the Opera House."?
South Adams Street circa 1900 with Matthew Siegfried, Historian: Past and Present Landscape
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Frederick Douglass spoke three times in Ypsilanti. In 1866, he spoke on Lincoln's assassination, in 1867 on the Perils to the Republic at Hewitt Hall and in 1888 on the presidential elections at the O...

“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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