“Indigenous knowledge systems view people and place as overlapping and interacting, thus, people carry the energy of places as part of their being.”
– Kame’eleihiwa, 1992; Kana’iaupuni & Malone, 2006
PLACES Hawaiʻi supports teachers in the planning and implementation of Place-based Cultural Projects (PBCP) for the children in schools across the Waiʻanae Coast. These projects ground learning in place and allow children to engage with the community and develop social activism and environmental stewardship habits while simultaneously developing the skills and strategies outlined in The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The PBCP curricular framework embraces the multiple cultural locations in which children live and grow and utilizes community and place as the springboard for learning. Based on several educational research bodies, PBCPs engage real-life ways of knowing and doing and provide integrated teaching and learning opportunities.
"We’ve all experienced the power of place: those moments when we’re immersed deeply in experiencing the world around us and what’s happening there is real and meaningful. Learning in these moments is organic and visceral. There’s much to learn from the places we inhabit — from traveling across the globe to getting out into our own communities. Yet, formal learning experiences that leverage the power of place remain the exception and not the rule.”
An excerpt from What is Place-Based Education and Why Does it Matter.
Dr. Kay Fukuda
Place-based Learning And Community Engagement in School
Place-based Afterschool Literacy Support
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED)
2600 Campus Rd., QLSSC 413
Honolulu, HI 96822