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Ohio University’s third annual Place-Based Teaching & Learning Symposium, which will take place Friday, April 5, 2024, in Schoonover Center. The event is free and open to the public (and provides a boxed lunch and snacks at no cost to those who register in advance).


“This annual event celebrates how the places we occupy — their history, art, economy, ecology, and more — are enhancing teaching and learning across the academy, throughout southeast Ohio, and beyond,” says Professor of Communication Studies (and Symposium co-coordinator) Jerry Miller. “It’s a gathering of people who use the power of place to bring learning to life, to inform their research and creativity, and to build connection with and pride in our communities.”


This year’s keynote speaker is OHIO Eastern Associate Professor of Education and Program Director Jacqueline Yahn.


The Symposium debuted in 2022 and has included presentations by community partners like Rural Action and the Athens Photo Project; OHIO student (undergraduate and graduate) poster presentations; k-12 educators; faculty researchers; authors and poets; and staff from the University Archives.


The Symposium will host a Place-Based Teaching Workshop on Thursday, April 4 (4 to 5:30 p.m.) designed for OHIO faculty and regional k-12 teachers and a Ridges Hike and Share for the community on Saturday, April 6.


The Symposium is sponsored by the School of Communication Studies, the Center for Campus & Community Engagement, the Center for Teaching, Learning & Assessment, the OHIO Fellows Program, and the OHIO Place Initiative.

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Schedule of Events!
            - Registration
            - Coffee, tea, fruit, muffins
            - Posters up and attended

Session I
Place Based Learning: Make Home Wherever You Are
This session will explore the experiential learning opportunities of The Center for International Business Education and Development both domestic and internationally and will discuss ways in which we can increase multi-cultural student engagement both in and out of the classroom.
Facilitated by: - Andrew Pueschel/Assistant Professor of Marketing/Director, Center for International Business, Education and Development, Ohio University College of Business

Session II
Examining Place-Based Pedagogy and Community Impact
Place-based education connects learning and community to increase engagement, learning, and community impact. Learning about places promotes equity and access in education by making learning relevant and connected to learners' daily lives and experiences. Teton Science Schools’ (TSS) mission is “inspiring curiosity, engagement, and leadership through transformative place-based education.” Our approach to place-based education considers economic, cultural, and ecological lenses on place across a spectrum of scales from self and community to national and global places. In this session, learn more about the TSS’ place-based approach, the place-based framework principles, and ideas for bringing these principles to action in your classroom or community.
Facilitated by: Leslie Cook (Teton Science Schools/Head of Professional Learning)

Symposium Plenary:
The OHIO Rural Teacher Fellowship: The Role of Educators in Community Vitality
Featuring: - Dr. Jacqueline Yahn (Ohio University Eastern/Associate Professor of Middle Childhood Education)

12:30/45-1:45 LUNCH (provided for registrants)

Session III
PB Pedagogy: The Rewards & Challenges
Facilitated by: Dr. Dwan Robinson & Isatou Secka

Place-Based Field School Model(s) in development: Integrating Research and Stewardship into PB pedagogy
Facilitated by: Dr. Yolonda Youngs, Professor of Geograph, University of California/San Bernardino; Dr. Michelle O'Malley, OHIO Place Initiative, OHIO University, & Jennifer Shutt Bowie, Assoc VP Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving/Exec. Dir. of OHIO University Alumni Assoc.

Session IV
Elevating PLACE: A Case Study examining the history and development of the Baileys Trail System and its contributions (achieved and potential) to regional economic development and public health outcomes.
Round Table with Jessie Powers, Exec. Dir./Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia (ORCA)

*Attendees are encouraged to bring their own ideas for further developing the role of the Baileys in Place-Based/Experiential/Community-Engaged offerings for students, staff and community members alike