An active voice in the national dialogue on place-based education


The SEMIS Coalition uses research-based practices in teacher professional development and coalition building to provide sustained professional development throughout the year, including an intensive summer institute.

We also facilitate partnerships between school teams and community organizations, and provide on-site facilitation of professional learning communities, classroom coaching, and active coordination with school administrators.

As these activities take place, we are constantly assessing and evaluating our methods for effectiveness in a variety of dimensions. Please stay tuned to this section for posts about our research findings and evaluation tools.

Current research about the impact of Place-based Stewardship Education

The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative provides funding and research in best practices across nine regional hubs in place-based education focused on three core areas:

SEMIS Coalition research and evaluation documents

Reports, Evaluations & Case Studies


“When I am able to implement PBE [place-based education] fully, students are fully engaged, leave with a broad range of ‘take away’ thoughts, and make connections I hadn’t even thought of!”

Johnny Thompson

Teacher, Honey Creek Community School

Learn more about place-based education

If you’d like to learn more about place-based education, its impact in real-world settings, or how to implement curricula in your educational setting, check our blog post. We’re always available to answer your questions and point you to additional resources.

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