A Walk in the Park: Youth Ambassadors Help Develop PBSE for Ninth Graders

PBE Topics of Inquiry Water and land use, stream ecology, macroinvertebrates, conducted chemical, biological and physical stream monitoring techniques, stream mapping and assessment, nature drawing and journaling. Essential Question What role could the Rouge Park play...

Advice from Youth in Southeast Michigan

Young Wisdom Advice From Youth What helps me engage now?  The teachers and relationships. Over the course of the last 6 months we have had the opportunity to spend time learning with a few different groups of students from southeast Michigan schools. We have been...

June 2020 Learning Series Events

SEMIS Coalition Orientation & Place-Based Education 101  During these two events on June 17 & 24 participants included new and returning member teachers, community partners, district leaders and administrators.  At this orientation people were given a sense of our...

2018 Community Forum Presenter Information

Information for those planning on presenting at this year’s community forum: Schedule April 30, 2018 8:30 a.m. Registration Table opens 9-9:30 a.m. Light Breakfast and refreshments available 9:30-9:45 a.m. Opening remarks 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Presentation...

Community Mapping in Place-based Education

Community mapping can be a helpful process to begin a PBE inquiry with students. Community mapping can be done is diverse ways, meeting many learning goals depending on design. Try mapping your community asking certain questions, framing an issue, or with completely...

The SEMIS Coalition Summer Institute

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...

NOAA Assets

NOAA Assets Document, compiled by Laura Florence: noaa-great-lakes-education-resources-and-links Bay Watersheds Education & Training Program, Meaninful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEE):...

SEMIS Coalition Planning Materials

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...
The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition Community Forum

The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition Community Forum

What stood out to participants from last year’s forum… “What stands out today for me was learning new things and learning how to listen.” Student participant, Grade 9-12 “The young students from Ann Arbor presenting on the Ann Arbor carbon plume and the...

Self-Determination Theory and Place-Based Education

Written by Greg Smith. One of the arguments I’ve used to justify place- and community-based educational approaches has been tied to the way I’ve seen it increase students’ intrinsic motivation to learn and participate.  I’ve suggested that this enhanced motivation is...