WELCOME TO SENSE OF PLACE LEARNING!
SPL’s mission is to create unique educational experiences that explore and celebrate the places we live through local history, ecology, and the arts.
For the past four years, we’ve had a great time partnering with the Consortium for Public Education and inviting students in Clairton, Woodland Hills and Wilkinsburg to explore their neighborhoods through science, art, music, gardening, field trips and more!
If an education is to be used well, it is obvious that it must be used some where; it must be used where one lives, where one intends to continue to live; it must be brought home. – Wendell Berry
Are You Looking for an Engaging Arts Presentation ?
Paula is happy to be included in the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s new Commonwealth Speakers Tribute page. Here, you’ll find expert speakers on music, dance, folk arts and more. Check it out! Commonwealth Speakers Tribute
Survival Camp with SPL!
Here’s terrific article about SPL’s Survival Camp from Pittsburgh Youth Media:
The goal of SPL’s Survival Camp is to introduce Pittsburgh area kids to skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to survive in the wilds of Western PA. The students have gone above and beyond – learning about edible and medicinal native plants; how to find and identify animal tracks; navigating with maps and GPS, and cooking using solar energy. Many thanks to the Consortium for Public Education for making these outdoor encounters possible, and kudos to the terrific kids and teachers!
Champions of Learning Award! SPL was thrilled and honored to be included in the amazing array of nominated educators and businesses from twenty regional school districts. Here’s the award description from the Consortium:
Champions of Learning Awards Finalists have been selected, honoring individuals, organizations and businesses that create, support or expand learning opportunities in our region. Categories include Business Partnerships, Classroom Teaching, Community Outreach, Leadership, Technology Integration and Nominator’s Choice.
Sense of Place Learning was one of three finalists in the Business Partnerships category, and was nominated by Greg Spotti, Director of the Clairton CASTLE after school program. We didn’t win, but I got to meet my favorite Steeler and fellow nominee Charlie Batch – how great is that?
Gardens are a great way to connect to our communities! Working with the good folks at Grow Pittsburgh, Clairton students designed, built, and planted their own school year garden. The first year, we harvested enough lettuce, spinach, radishes and greens to make a healthy salad for our community celebration.
Clairton Cooks! Cookbook
The second year, the kids wrote, illustrated and produced their own cookbook, titled Clairton Cooks! We also wrote letters to First Lady, Michelle Obama, and received a packet from the White House in return, including a letter, photos, and two recipes to share in our cookbook
You can download your very own copy of our cookbook here – clairton-cooks-final
TREES ARE LIKE LUNGS: AIR QUALITY INDEX MURAL
SPL and The Consortium for Public Education received a New Voices of Youth Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation to work with local artist, Ian Green, and Clairton C.A.S.T.L.E. students to create a visually exciting interpretation of the EPA’s Air Quality Index. With support from The Breathe Project, Ian also created a coloring book, which allows people to make their own small-scale version of the full mural. For more photos and to read about the project, visit The Breathe Project’s blog http://breatheproject.org/news/trees-are-like-lungs-air-mural-unveiled-in-clairton/
Have You Been Fishing on the Mon Lately?
What could be better than a day of fishing on the Mon? There was no shortage of action as our Clairton anglers caught sheephead, bass, and a variety of other fish, and had a great time learning to hook worms and just watching barges go by. Thanks to Mr. Manko!