Schools that Change Communities

Schools that Change Communities

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

From economically challenged rural areas to crime-ridden urban neighborhoods, a diverse range of K-12 public schools in five states are tackling educational reform at the local level. Principals, teachers, students, residents and others discuss place- and community-based education, an interdisciplinary approach which emphasizes hands-on, curiosity-based investigation using the surrounding community and neighborhoods as "living" classrooms. Proponents say this creates not only a different type of learning environment, but a different kind of student. In confronting and solving real-world issues in their own hometowns, the students develop a sense of civic responsibility and pride. The community feels the impact too, whether students are delivering baked goods to neighbors, planting vegetables in a community garden, testing drinking water and air quality, helping restore natural habitats, shining a light on important social or environmental problems, or simply encouraging others to spend money locally. Schools that Change Communities airs Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7 p.m. -8 p.m. on WXXI World.

This program is part of WXXI's American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen Initiative: a public media initiative to stem the dropout crisis by supporting community-based solutions.  Learn more at: http://wxxi.org/grad

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