Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, technology and other subjects across the curriculum. Emphasizing hands-on, real world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, develops strong ties to the community, enhances appreciation and understanding of the natural world, creates an ethic of stewardship, and a commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens. Our location in the Forest Hill Neighborhood, walking distance to the James River, Forest Hill Park, and local businesses, provides endless opportunities and access to place-based education. GSES has initiated phase one of the place-based curriculum through outdoor education with our youngest students, but it will ultimately be integrated into the entire K-8 population.
Here is our Head of School, Ken Seward, speaking a bit more about how Place Based Education is incorporated into the curriculum at Good Shepherd.