The 3rd Annual Great Lakes Place-based Education Conference brings together practitioners and teachers from formal and non-formal education, local partners from communities across the region, and staff of other organizations, all of whom provide vital leadership and resources to the cause of developing environmental stewards of the Great Lakes and its ecosystems.
This year's conference is in Grand Rapids and session will take place in one of the two locations noted below.
- Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University (301 Fulton Street W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | Map)
- DeVos Center (401 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI | Map | GVSU Directions)
Join us for a grand gathering in Grand Rapids, Michigan! The three-day conference (November 7–9) features opportunities to learn about place-based education, environmental stewardship, and service learning. Our two previous conferences have been highly praised by participants. This one’s going to be even better!
Kick-off Field Trips (Thursday, November 7)
New this year, and by popular request—a day devoted to local field trips! These journeys to sites in and around Grand Rapids are organized by the staff of Groundswell (a regional hub of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and a co-host of our 2013 conference). Click here for a description of the available field trips!
Registration for this day is $60. Online registration has closed.
Conference Sessions (Friday–Saturday, November 8–9)
We’re back with our successful two-day format featuring keynote speakers, presentations, and networking opportunities. The two-day registration fee is $100. The one-day registration fee is $70. Online registration has closed, however, you may still register in person at the conference.
- Jordan Howard (www.jordaninspires.com) is an energetic leader at the intersection of sustainability, environmental education, and youth empowerment. Ms. Howard understands that education is empowerment and has made it her mission to provide youth with the inspiration and tools to create the change they want to see in their schools, communities, and cities.
- Dr. Shelley Billig leads several national and regional studies documenting the effects of service learning on students, including its impact on civic engagement, academic performance, and social-emotional development. Her research led to the development of the K–12 standards and quality indicators for service learning. Dr. Billig has published or edited 13 books and over 50 articles on educational innovation and service learning.
Who Should Attend?
This Conference is a MUST for:
- Formal and non-formal educators of any subject or grade level (K–16)
- School administrators who want to establish a curriculum and related instructional practices that focus on place, inspire students to learn, and forge strong partnerships with the community
- Foundations, organizations, or community leaders interested in K–12 education, environmental stewardship, and youth or community development
- Others who want to learn more about place-based education, environmental stewardship, and service learning
SCECHs (formerly SB-CEUs) offered by Kent County ISD. (Additional fee may apply.)
Calling All Presenters!
All presentation slots have been filled at this time. There are still spots available to attend the conference and we would love to see you there. Join us!