Park for Every Classroom
Park for Every Classroom (PEC) is a professional development program based on the approach of Place-Based Service-Learning (PBSL) for K-12 educators of all disciplines.
The purpose of PEC is to build collaborations among National Park service staff, community partners, and teachers to engage students in PBSL that promotes stewardship of parks and communities. Through PEC and PBSL, teachers learn how to use their schoolyard, community, public lands, and other special places as resources to engage students in teaching concepts across the the curriculum.
In 2012 and 2013, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, working in collaboration with Essex Heritage, planned and facilitated two very successful teacher professional development workshops that introduced educators to the PBSL pedagogy. Salem Maritime and Essex Heritage are part of a larger PEC network of National Parks, teachers, and community partners across the Northeast Region focused on implementing PBSL programing.
What research says about PEC and PBSL:
"The findings are clear: place-based education fosters students' connection to place and creates vibrant partnerships between schools and communities. It boosts student achievement and improves environmental, social, and economic vitality."
Visit this link to view "The Benefits of Place-based Education: A Report from the Place-based Education Evaluation Collaborative."
Visit this link to view the Conservation Study Institute's report on the piloting of the PEC program.
What teachers and students are saying about PEC and PBSL:
To find out more, contact 978/740-1662 or email.
Did You Know?
Salem native Captain John Derby was the first to bring news of the Battle of Lexington and Concord to England when he sailed from Derby Wharf in April 1775. In 1783, Captain John Derby was also the first person to bring news of the signing of the Treaty of Paris to America.