Place Based Education and School Foundations

Place Based Education

The influential Rural School and Community Trust strongly supports place-based education for rural schools through its outreach and professional development activities for rural educators.  According to the Trust, place-based education has the following features:

  • Learning that is rooted in the unique history, environment, economy, and culture of a particular place
  • The community is the context for learning
  • Student work focuses on important community issues
  • Community members are partners and resources in teaching and learning
  • Products of student learning address community needs 

Utilizing a local context does not mean disregarding national, state, or commonsense educational goals.  In fact, Doris Williams of the Rural School and Community Trust believes that place-based education pairs relevance with academic rigor by promoting deep thinking in content areas, sustaining academic work as researchers and scholars, and meeting or exceeding state or local accountability standards (source:  Williams, Doris, Engaged Institutions:  Partnering for Transformation in Rural Places, presented at Rural Education Working Group Conference, Tuskegee Univeristy, May 17, 2008)

School Foundations

Local school foundations are a helpful tool in rural education and place based learning.

Please note the following helpful documents (PDF) regarding school foundations:

Action Steps for Establishing a School Foundation

Characteristics of a Successful School Foundation

Example: Logan-Rogersville Educational Foundation