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Greg Smith: Rooting Children in Place

After working in a variety of different jobs, Greg Smith decided to become an English teacher in his mid-twenties. After completing an M.A. at Southern Oregon State College in Ashland, he taught high school for nine years, most of them at a small Friends boarding school in Nothern California. Convinced of the value of situating education in strong communities, he returned to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where where he earned his Ph.D. and extended the understandings he had developed while teaching in a small high school.

Currently, Greg is a professor of education at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. His publications in leading education journals have called attention to place-based learning: ”Going Local” (Educational Leadership, September, 2002) and ”Place-Based Education: Learning to Be Where We Are” (Phi Delta Kappan, April, 2002).

“How can we encourage students to care about learning? Demonstrate to them that they live in communities that care for and value them, communities willing to acknowledge a long-term dependence on students’ talents and interests, communities willing to make their assets and issues an honored part of every school’s curriculum.”

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