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The Power of Place: Authentic Learning Through Place-Based Education


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"Place: it's where we're from; it's where we're going. … It asks for our attention and care. If we pay attention, place has much to teach us."

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An Introduction to Place-Based Education

Community as Classroom

About the authors

Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for innovations in learning and the power of place. As CEO of Getting Smart, he helps education and learning-focused organizations increase their impact with strategy, design, growth, publication, and learner experience services.

He advises school districts and networks, education foundations and funders, and impact organizations on the path forward.

A prolific writer and speaker, his books include Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World (Jossey-Bass, 2011) and Smart Cities That Work for Everyone: 7 Keys to Education & Employment (Getting Smart 2014), and he has published thousands of articles and coauthored more than 50 books and white papers. He writes regularly on www.GettingSmart.com, LinkedIn, and contributes to Forbes online.

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