Theme of the month

Theme of the Month

Join us each month as we focus on a topic of interest to STEM Teacher Leaders with a webinar panel, open discussion, resources and blog post. 


Join the Discussion: Partnering Culturally Responsive Teaching and Place-Based Science Education

In this facilitated discussion, we will explore the power generated at the intersection of culturally responsive teaching and PBE. We invite your participation!


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Hello!  This is Mike Szydlowski - one of the panelists on place-based education.  I would love to hear how others have started their place-based journey.  What was your first place-based lesson and how did it go?   Remember, a place-based lesson does NOT have to be a huge project.  Short experiences are great too!

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 11:52 AM Permalink

Thank you for the great job. The webinar was worthy.

I want just to state that relatives as familly miss the role of informal learning because it initiate child thinking functioning before joining a simple classroom.

Other thing I want to add is how can a learner since enrolling in a school will never hear from his local industry or agriculture, culture and untill he will be graduate.

So I think that it's time to promote local environment as a toolkit to performing learners academical achivement.

Best regards,


Fri, 09/10/2021 - 2:08 PM Permalink

Hi Abdelfattah,

Yes! How do we make the STEM learning ecosystem - all the possible places and spaces we learn about the world, from family and community through K-12 , high ed, and the work world - more visible? How do we build partnerships that center the student? I know Beatriz's group had some great thoughts on building community partnerships. I hope they share the highlights!



Fri, 09/10/2021 - 3:44 PM Permalink
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Thanks for a great presentation and resources! 

My experiences with PBE though engaging, often did not extend beyond a year to help teachers develop expertise.  What work arounds have you utilized with teachers given prescribed curriculum? Are there co-development opportunities for long term local experiences? What type of professional learning would be needed to infuse any given curriculum with let’s say 20% PBE? Stem teaching tool 31 recommends self-documentation as a way to leverage student and community interest and expertise.

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 4:12 PM Permalink
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What aspects of land education are driving your work and how are you engaging this with community? What has been exciting in your developments and/or what challenges are you continuing to work through?

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 10:06 AM Permalink


I share with you my experience with google earth, my son know how situed himself by manipulating this digital tool. He was excited.

Since my son is born, the priority to me is that I have to educate him rely in time and space, commencing by second and meter until earth and time. By himself and as he prefer will discover the world.

Don't ask boy to do too much if some inner options aren't activated like with a smartphone.

Here are four easy ways anyone can use Google Earth as a learning tool or even simply to experience new places and adventures while staying safe at home proposed by Emily Henderson ( Program Manager, Google Earth Education) in her article published Apr 17, 2020

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Fri, 09/17/2021 - 11:41 AM Permalink
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