The Place-Based Education Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together diverse folks who are interested in connecting classrooms with community and developing knowledgeable, active stewards of the environment.
Presentation proposals are being accepted until September 30 or our program is full.
We anticipate at least 70 presentations and workshops at this year’s conference. 
Click on each strand title below to view current accepted presentations.
Check back often as content will be updated regularly.
Ecological and Social Justice

Climate Reality: We Must, We Can and We Will Solve the Climate Crisis
Rachel Rosner, Climate Reality Project

Storytelling with Maps
Jenna Scheub, Interlochen Arts Academy

UPRIVER: A Story Map Curriculum for Exploring Watershed Citizenship
Kathy Chambliss, NorthBay Education, Inc. 

Foundational Place-Based Education

A Place-Based Approach to Writing Instruction: Utilizing PBE to Marry Quality and Authenticity
Jennifer Suriano, University of Virginia

Field Trip Metamorphosis: Transform One-Off Trips into Vibrant Place-Based Learning Experiences
Dr. June Teisan, Belle Isle Aquarium

Land as Our First Teacher in Schools Workshop (2 hr)
Steve Styers, First Nations Educator 

Phenology on the Farm: Strategies for Rural Place-Based Stewardship Education through School-Farm Partnerships
Eileen Boekestein, Grand Valley Metropolitan Council

PBE on a National Scale: Earth Force’s Model of Partnerships
Grace Scarsella, Earth Force 

Placing Authentic Learning in the Hands of Students and Communities
Matthew McCullough, Schoolcraft Community Schools/Kalamazoo Public Schools | John Kern, The Mill at Vicksburg | Noreen Heikes, KRESA

Projects, Places, Students, and Standards
Gina Morris-Cicalo, Flint Community Schools

Show and Tell: Developing Place-Consciousness in Children Using Photos
Annie McMahon Whitlock, University of Michigan-Flint

Sowing and Harvesting: Outdoor Learning on a Working Farm
Tracey Marchyok and students, Acton Academy Ann Arbor

Transforming Community, One Lesson at a Time Workshop (2 hr)
Lea Sevigny, Learning to Give 

Turn Students into Community Scientists: Learn to Detect Invasive Crayfish and Bring Hands-On, Outdoor Learning to the Classroom 
Workshop (3 hr) Pre-Registration Requested
Bizzy Berg and Greg Hitzroth, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant | Illinois Natural History Survey

Voice and Choice: Starting Points for Strong Stewardship
Meag Schwartz, Northeast  Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative | Luke Freeman, Au Gres-Sims High School

Watershed Engagement Through Live Action Role Play Workshop (2 hr)
Ellen Schultz, Fairmount Water Works

Youth-Adult Partnerships as a Framework for Youth Voice and Engagement Workshop (2 hr)
John Weiss, Neutral Zone

Great Lakes Literacy

Check back for presentations! We’re updating regularly.

Institutionalizing Place-Based Education

Becoming a Boundary Spanner: Why Does Boundary Spanning Matter in Place-Based Education?
Leslie Cook, Teton Science Schools

Connecting Public School Curriculum with a Place-Based Experiential Learning Platform That Focuses on Interdisciplinary Skills in Environmental Stewardship, STEAM Education, and Direct Action
Neha Shah, Ann Arbor Public Schools | Nathan Ayers, We Are The Forest 

Educator Perceptions on the Use of Gardening for Teaching and Bridging School and Community Collaboration
Veronica Konglim, Eastern Michigan University 

Landing Your Message: Adapting Your Communication to Inspire, Empower, and Educate Workshop (2 hr)
Pam Baker and Cindy Hunt, Journeous

Putting Literacy in its Place: Integrating Disciplinary Literacy Instruction into Place-Based Education Workshop (2 hr)
Darin Stockdill, University of Michigan School of Education

School Adventures in Place-Based Sustainability
Emily Umbarger and Christina Barkel, Interlochen Center for the Arts 

Transforming School Culture: Optimizing Place-Based Learning with a Field Trip
Darrell Hendrickson, Washington Middle School 

Watershed Curriculum Implemented in Partnership with Philadelphia School District
Ellen Schultz, Fairmount Water Works

Weathering Change in Institutional Learning (Poster)
Clare Tallon Ruen and Betsy Quail, Pipes and Precipitation/District 65

Place-Based Education in Higher Education

Designing a Place-Based Education Immersion Experience for Pre-Service Teachers
Leslie Cook, Teton Science Schools | Elizabeth P. Cunningham and Dr. Pamela Ross McClain, University of Michigan – Flint

Reflections from Pre-Service Teachers: Teton Science Schools and UM-Flint Partnership
Elizabeth P. Cunningham and Dr. Pamela Ross McClain, University of Michigan – Flint | Leslie Cook, Teton Science Schools

Place-Based Impact Investing and Entrepreneurship

Citizen Investors: How Local Investors Are Redefining Their Own Towns
David Palmer, Workforce Intelligence Network


STEM-Rich Place-Based Education

Doing Community Science: An Egalitarian Community Action Partnership Model
Erin Gallay, University of Wisconsin – Madison | Paula Sizemore, Ypsilanti Community High School/AC Tech

Green Roof Design Challenge
Chelsea Nester, Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative

Renewing MEECS: Using Existing Curriculum as a Cornerstone to Place-Based Learning Workshop (2 hr)
Gabrielle Likavec, Michigan Geographic Alliance

STEM in PLACE: Discussing Critical Features of Place-Conscious STEM Learning
Dr. Caroline Baillie, Waste for Life | University San Diego

STOP Random acts of STEM!!!
Tracy D’Augustino, Michigan State University Extension

Strengthen Place-Based Learning with Vibrant Community Partnerships That Integrate Arts, Social Studies, and STEM
Dr. June Teisan, Michigan Teacher of the Year Network

Transformation of a Pine Plantation as a Case Study for Community Collaboration
Mary Ellen Newport, Interlochen Center for the Arts

We Are the Forest: Place-Based, Nature + Stem Certification for K-12 Students and Teachers
Nathan Ayers, We Are The Forest


The Critical Role of Nature Experiences in Health, and Why Place-Based Education Is Key
Dr. Jennifer Wisdom, Family Medicine Physician

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