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Currently, 40-60% of students in the U.S. are chronically disengaged from school. The top reason students say they disconnect and dropout of high school is because school is not relevant to their lives and future careers.

Research shows that connecting school and student learning with their local communities can increase student engagement. Not surprisingly, 95% of teenagers agree that more place-based learning opportunities would improve school.

What Does Place-Based Learning Look Like?

Place-based education is often called real-world learning or community-based learning. As the name implies, it promotes deep learning that uses one’s local location as an educational resource. 

So, imagine that you took your child to the park and taught them all about the trees, wildlife, and landmarks. That’s a prime example of using “place” as a way to gain knowledge. 

This foundation for learning is student-centric and emphasizes the importance of community to teach virtually any discipline. 

The Powerful Benefits of Place-Based Learning

This is not an extensive list by any means, but it should help you grasp the benefits of connecting student learning with their local communities. 

Personalized Experience

Since this educational model focuses on the student (aka student-centered), it allows for a completely personalized experience. What is being taught is catered to the individual while also maintaining high academic standards. The students can learn what they want in the ways that are suitable for them. Personalization is a huge benefit. 

More Autonomy 

When you teach in a place-based education style, you open the door for autonomy. This kind of goes with the benefit above, but it is so powerful it deserves its own section. Autonomy in learning means higher student engagement, higher motivation, dedication, and persistence. When you put the student in the driver’s seat (or at least make them feel like it), resistance barriers are broken down, and better learning can occur.

Real-World Concepts 

Knowledge is grounded in place- local communities that are rich in context. Students can see a real-world application for whatever discipline they are learning, whether it be math or history. When you put a student in an active environment outside of the classroom, they are challenged to view the world through a different lens. This makes education relevant to the world we live in.

Easily Connect Your School With Parent and Community Partners

At SchoolSquare, we know schools want to have a strong positive connection with their community and provide their students meaningful learning experiences. But, often they don’t have the time or the resources to make this happen. After you install SchoolSquare’s affordable online network and invite the community to support and engage your teachers and students, you will have created a strong school-community partnership and more parents and community members will feel a positive connection with your school. This will result in more people supporting your school and more students succeeding in school and in life. 

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