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Basics of Place-Conscious Education: The Nebraska Experience

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This podcast is the first of a seven-part series that introduces the big concepts of place-conscious education as used by Nebraska Writing Project teachers. It situates place-conscious work in Nebraska in three stages: the Rural Institute program developed 1995-2007; the online Place-Conscious Institute and the suburban inquiry team 2008-2015; and the current community engagement/literacy programs of Husker Writers and the National Parks Service partnership. Then, four main concepts of place-conscious education are explained:

  • Active citizens as opposed to migratory education
  • The 3-legged stool of education, community vitality, and environmental quality
  • Spiraling out from local community to regional, national, international knowledge
  • Watershed and commonwealth as the crucial web of interrelationships

We finish with examples of two exemplar projects: the Henderson/Bradshaw school consolidation project; and the Greater Omaha schools Urban Justice Project.

Photo Credit: Erin Chambers