Civic Engagement and Youth Voice in Place-Based Education

During the Winter Professional Learning of 2021, Ethan Lowenstein, Director of SEMIS Coalition, gave a beautiful and hopeful speech addressing the challenges we have experienced lately. People in global, national, and local communities have faced a frightening...

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...

SEMIS Coalition Virtual Community Forum: Student Presentations of Place-Based Learning

    Place-based education (PBE) is an approach to teaching and learning that uses the local environment and community to investigate content and engage students in stewardship and civic action. PBE, at its root, is a humanizing practice that puts youth and...

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...
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...

Community Forum

The annual Community Forum provides students and educators with the opportunity to share their work with SEMIS Coalition members in a professional conference setting with peers and community members sharing methods and project development.  This conference puts...
A Walk in the Park, Detroit Institute of Technology, SEMIS Coalition, We Are The Forest

A Walk in the Park, Detroit Institute of Technology, SEMIS Coalition, We Are The Forest

As a result of the Walk in the Park project, students have developed a sense of responsibility for nature in their community. Students have been able to use Rouge Park as a space to learn stewardship skills such as water quality monitoring, conducting environmental...

Porter Chair Series: Guest Blogger Bill Boyle on Restorative Practices and EcoJustice Education

Recognizing Community, Recognizing Its Members By Bill Boyle October 27, 2015 One of the more promising antidotes to the alienated individualism of the “ethic of achievement” in schools lies in the use of Restorative Practices.  As I’ve written previously, “We tend to...

SEMIS Coalition in the News!

It is always great to see SEMIS members celebrated in the media, and the SEMIS Coalition has received a lot of it in the past month.  These articles feature Neinas Elementary and Hope of Detroit, as well as the larger Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. Detroit kids...