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 EcoJustice and place-based education
SEMIS Coalition research and evaluation documents

Reports, Evaluations & Case Studies

Articles, Book Chapters, White Papers, and Book References

Conference Presentations at Regional and National Conferences

 EMU Dissertations, MA Projects and Other Research on SEMIS Coalition

SEMIS Coalition Newsletters
View current and past SEMIS Coalition e-newsletters.
  • January | GLSI Place Based Education Conference Highlights; DIT Cody Project Review
  • February | Tools for Teachers; Experiencia Academy Project Review; History of the Commons
  • April | The Power of Community Collaboration; Ann Arbor Learning Community Project Review; Fostering Civic Engagement
  • May| Developmental Patterns in Conceiving the Commons; The Spencer Foundation; Tools for Teachers
  • June | Neinas Elementary’s Ghost Waters project; Matrix Theater and STEAM; SEMIS Coalition Community Forum.
  • September | Summer Institute Review: Renewing the Commons.
  • October | Jack Harvey Elementary salmon project; NOAA, Earth Force and GLSI partnership; Civic Engagement Projects.

“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, contact us. We’re always available to answer your questions and point you to additional resources.