Panel and workshop, November 10 and 11.
Place-based education offers a way to integrate classroom learning into
the everyday contexts of studentsą lives. A panel discussion and workshop
will be held at Lewis & Clark College on Thursday evening, November 10th and
all-day Friday, November 11th to explore ways to expand this kind of teaching
and learning in Oregon and southern Washington.
Three leaders in the field of place-based education will describe their work on Thursday evening. David Gruenewald from Washington State University has written extensively about the way place-based education provides a vehicle to link social justice, equity, and environmental concerns. Grunewald argues that the creation of just and sustainable communities requires a process of decolonization and reinhabitation.
Elaine Senechal taught science for a decade at the Greater Egleston Community High School in Boston where she worked with students from Roxbury to address environmental justice issues. Last spring, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority was found guilty of violating an anti-idling law and is now transforming its diesel-burning fleet to natural gas thanks largely to her studentsą efforts.
Doris Williams directs the capacity-building arm of the Rural School and Community Trust and has worked with teachers in the Deep South and elsewhere to incorporate the local into their classrooms while at the same time juggling the demands of a standards-driven curriculum.
Cost for the panel presentation is $10 for adults and $5 for students. It will be held in Olin 301 on the Lewis & Clark campus.
The workshop Friday is designed to provide participants with an
opportunity to converse with local educators and community activists about the shape that place-based education could take in Portland and its environs.
Panelists from the night before will serve as respondents to ideas generated in small group discussions. The workshop is scheduled between 9:00-4:00 and includes lunch.
Cost for the Thursday evening presentation and the Friday workshop is $50.
People interested in attending both the panel presentation and workshop
should register at the Center for Continuing Education and Professional
Studies at Lewis & Clark at 503-768-6040.