On April 19, 24 teachers and community members filled the meeting room at the Beecher Community Resource Center to discuss place-based education, then briefly share their aspirations, goals and needs in a “speed dating” session.
Teachers said the whirlwind exercise gave them new perspectives on the projects they’re planning, as they move closer to writing applications for mini-grant funds that will support upcoming projects.
The session also helped acquaint representatives of community organizations with the place-based education initiatives happening in the Flint area.
Discovering PLACE is a program of University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint. One of eight hubs of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, the program aims to help students develop into Flint community and environmental stewards. Working with Flint-area teachers and community partners, Discovering PLACE supports place-based education projects to help students connect with their surroundings.
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