Community as Classroom

Saturday, May 1st 12:00 - 1:30pm

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Session Description

Employing Place to Cultivate Connection

Place-based education is an approach that connects learners and communities to increase young people’s engagement, boost learning outcomes, impact communities and promote understanding of the world around us.

Place-based education can happen anywhere – not only outside. The key is to make the place relevant to what the students are learning and experiencing, not only the venue where the learning is happening. In this session, you will learn more about place based education, learn from example and have time to think about how it might work in your community so that students believe that they have the skills and resources to accomplish their goals, see themselves as part of a thriving and vibrant community and have access to the social capital and tools to make a difference.

Speaker Info

Leslie Cook 

Sr. Director of Teacher Learning Center 

Teton Science Schools

Leslie’s interests in science and getting kids outside led her to attend Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center’s Graduate Program in Finland, Minnesota. She completed her Master’s degree at Prescott College focused on understanding how educators connect students to place. Those graduate studies led her to Teton Teton Science Schools where she has been since 2008. Leslie works with Teacher Learning Center and Place Network, facilitating trainings for youth professionals in the Tetons, across the US, and around the world.

About Teton Science Schools

Teton Science Schools (TSS) is a nonprofit educational organization with headquarters in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In the classroom, in the community, and in the wild, Teton Science Schools creates authentic educational experiences for 15,000 learners and leaders every year—the kind of experiences that bring you closer to the people and places all around you, deepen your understanding, and give you clarity and courage to make a change in your world.

The TSS mission is to inspire curiosity, engagement, and leadership through transformative place-based education.