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SEMIS Coalition related projects are making headlines!


Teachers community partners honored for commitment innovation in STEM education, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, March 3, 2023

Teaching Resilience in the Face of Climate Change, The New York Times, December 2, print featured in the Science Times on December 3, 2019.

Centering the classroom on climate resilience, Michigan Radio, NPR, December 9, 2019.

Civic Environmental Science in Urban Schools, in Green Schools National Network, December 12, 2019.

‘Place-based learning’ invigorates school with real-world experience, The Detroit News, front page, December 13, 2019.

Planting the Seeds of Place-Based Education for Future Generations Spotlight On Stewards, PBS Learning Media, 2018

All Aboard! Place-Based Education in a Different Kind of Classroom, Spotlight on Stewards, PBS Learning Media, 2018

As its population falls, Detroit adjust, Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2017

Teaching for equity and environmental justiceGreen Schools Catalyst Quarterly, 2017

How good teachers are making a difference in Detroit’s multi-ethnic classrooms, Model D, 2017

Out of the Classroom: Learning comes alive when students engage in place-based education, Eastern Magazine: The magazine of Eastern Michigan University, 2017

Fostering Youth Leadership in Urban Places, Green Teacher Magazine, article originally appears in the Summer 2016 Issue

Education Coalition works to connect Detroit students with their community, Detroit Metro Times, 2016

Eastern Michigan University professor recognized for his dedication to building partnerships between schools and community partners, Eastern Michigan University’s EMU Today, 2016

Green Living: Growing Visionary Educational CommunitiesCrazy Wisdom Journal, 2015

Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition hosts annual community forum at Eastern Michigan University, celebrates importance of young stewards in local communities, Eastern Michigan University’s EMU Today, 2015


Recent Articles and Publications

Hot off the press! Place-based civic science--collective environmental action and solidarity for eco-resilience

This article is written by SEMIS research partners and SEMIS staff: Erin Gallay, Miriam Furlan-Brighente, Constance Flanagan & Ethan Lowenstein, 2022.


Flanagan, C., Gallay, E., Pykett, A., & Smallwood, M. (2019). The Environmental Commons in Urban Communities: The Potential of Place-Based EducationFrontiers in Psychology, 10. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00226

Smith, G. (2016). Michigan’s Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative: A Statewide Place-Based Education Effort to Connect Schools to Communities. LEARNing Landscapes10(1), 289-306. Retrieved from

Photo ID: Three high school students are facing a crowd (who are not seen by the viewer) and presenting the story of their climate change resilience project. There are two male and one female student and one of them is holding out his arm while he explaining an aspect of their learning. This presentation took place at the SEMIS Coalition Community Forum in 2018 at Eastern Michigan University.

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