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With 38 schools, Michigan leads the nation in the number of schools in which place-based education is an embedded instructional practice, is well established in school culture, and is expected to persist. All 38 schools participate in the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

The state-by-state list of schools was produced by national scholar Dr. Greg Smith, in partnership with the Teton Science School. Michigan’s 38 schools are nearly double that of Oregon, which is next on the list. Some states have only two or three schools on the list, and other states have none.

The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative is helping teachers develop ever-stronger, enduring place-based teaching practices. And we’re inspiring schools to make policy changes that confirm a persistent commitment to place-based education as a powerful practice.