Place-Based Education »

The importance of learning in place

Rural Schools Collaborative is proud to partner with Teton Science Schools’ Place Network Schools program to promote learning that strengthens the bonds between rural schools and their communities, with a focus on increasing engagement, learning outcomes, and community impact.

The sensibility of grounding educational activities in community and neighborhood is obvious, and the advantage here goes to the small rural school. Rural communities serve as learning ecosystems for schools where local and regional experts, experiences, and places are part of the expanded definition of the classroom. Access to the outdoors, local government, the town square, and agriculture is more readily available to teachers and students in rural school districts.

Rural place-based education gives meaning to learning, strengthens the bonds between school and community, and instills pride and wonder in the cultures and histories of rural places and small towns. In the long term, place-based ed positively impacts rural communities as students see how they can make a difference through their learning experiences.

What is Place Based Education? »

Place based ed is learner-centered, connected to community, and perfect for rural schools!

Place based education connects classrooms to communities, and increases engagement, learning, and community impact.

With a place-based approach to teaching, competency-based assessment and project-based learning are implemented with a common learning model to increase student engagement and community impact.Find out more about Place Based Education and our Educational Approach >>

Place Network Schools »

Place Schools inspire curiosity, engagement, and leadership through transformative rural place-based education.

The Place Network Schools is a collaborative network founded by Teton Science Schools, a worldwide leader in place-based education practices. The network is comprised of rural K-12 schools that connect learning and communities to increase student engagement, academic outcomes, and community impact. The Rural Schools Collaborative works in partnership with Teton Science Schools to support rural districts practicing place-based education through its regional hub network.

Learn more about Place Network Schools and how you can join >>


Research & Resources »

There is a growing body of work on the importance of place-based learning.

Research suggests that place-based education is an invaluable tool for schools and communities. Find out why place-based ed works, and find tools for implementing place-based practices in your rural classroom.

Using a local-to-global approach, place based education transforms the way students see the world. Place-based education is learner-centered, interdisciplinary, and inquiry-based.

Learn more and start implementing place-based practices in your rural classroom today >>