Tenets

We gather once a year at a PEC Team's site to observe education programs in action; develop and share ideas and challenges; action plan; delve into best practices of stewardship education; and, most importantly, support one another's efforts to innovate.  In between our annual gatherings, we provide monthly opportunities to connect and learn together online.

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Grounded in Place

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Real

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Empowering

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Collaborative

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Integrated

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Rigorous

Learning is grounded in the multiple attributes of a particular place including the values of local residents, natural landscape and resources, cultural heritage and resources, social dynamics, and political and economic systems. Learning moves from local to global as children mature.

 Teachers and community partners give students meaningful roles in project planning, decision-making, implementation, and evaluation, thereby building agency in their learning to follow their curiosities and passions while developing self-efficacy and life-long skills.

Students engage with teachers and partners in experiential projects that make the world a better place by addressing authentic, relevant, community stakeholder-identified issues, problems, and opportunities in support of healthy and sustainable communities, including ecological health, social justice, cultural vibrancy, and economic vitality.

Multi-directional collaboration between students, teachers and community partners sets the direction of the learning experience. Students build relationships, and cultivates cultural competency through deepening appreciation for the diverse talents, potential, and perspectives of others.

The co-planned and co-taught curriculum is an exploratory and project-based extension of classroom learning, taking place across multiple disciplines, and instilled through direct experience and reflective practices.

Learning experiences are critical and comparative in nature; they are learner-centered, using inquiry to cultivate systems thinking, enduring understanding, and skills in content and practices that are aligned with state and national learning standards.