Inspiring Care, Empathy, & Action:  Teachers are invited to join Discovering PLACE for this professional development opportunity that introduces teachers to the core concepts of place-based education (PBE) and how to integrate it into teaching practice.  Explore how to build students' capacity for inquiry in both traditional and virtual classrooms using STEAM to inspire empathy, appreciation, and care for individuals, community, and the environment. Three day distance learning workshop with synchronous and asynchronous components plus two follow-up sessions in Fall 2020.

Dates:   July 13 - 17, 2020 (Distance learning, mixed-mode format)

Times:  Online, face-to-face: 9:00am - 12:00 EDT on Tues, Wed, Thurs - July 14, 15, & 16, 2020 plus self-guided activities

Cost: Free to eligible teachers, but you must apply to be accepted. Space is limited.

Benefits:  $300 participant stipends * 14.25 SCECHs (pending state approval) * Eligible to receive $500 grants per team for the 2020-2021 PBE projects


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For additional information contact Leyla Sanker at or (810) 424-5477

Supported by the MiSTEM Network and the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative


What is the Discovering PLACE program?

Discovering PLACE envisions a future where our youth develop a sense of self value, wonder, hope, and empowerment, supported by school/community partnerships that enable youth to identify and address environmental and social needs in their community. Through Place-Based Education (PBE) projects, youth will be empowered, learning will be enhanced, and communities will be strengthened. Youth will recognize the interconnectedness between self, society, and environment.  Click here for more information on Discovering PLACE.

Discovering Place Video Series

Click here to view our place-based education videos