The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) is a program that helps schools and communities grow stronger together. It was established by Michigan’s Great Lakes Fishery Trust with the support of the Wege Foundation, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Fremont Area Community Foundation, the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Frey Foundation and other charitable organizations. Sustained support for the GLSI is provided by a Funders’ Collaborative and an Advisory Group.
The GLSI supports a proven method of place-based education in K-12 classrooms across Michigan. In these places, the local environment provides the context for education: students learn academic content while studying issues or problems of local importance. This approach builds students’ enthusiasm for learning and results in higher academic achievement.
The GLSI features three components: place-based education, sustained professional development for K-12 teachers, and school-community partnerships. Grants are awarded to regional hubs, such as Discovering Place. These hubs provided leadership, expertise, support for classroom teachers, and material and financial resources for the collaborative, community-based work of local organizations and K-12 schools in their regions.