Place-conscious education, Nebraska style: NeWP Podcast Series

Willow Lake Recreation Area Outside Pierce Nebraska

As part of a partnership between the National Writing Project and the National Park Service, the Nebraska Writing Project (NeWP) presents its Place-Conscious Education NWP Radio Podcast Series. In this seven-part audio series, NeWP director Robert Brooke and several Nebraska teacher-leaders introduce their place-conscious approach and discuss several projects and partnerships that have expanded and deepened the approach over the years. The full audio series is available at write.learn.lead, and will be rebroadcast as part of the Plainstate podcast, a production of the Department of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Episode 1: Basics of Place Conscious Education: The Nebraska Experience. In this first episode, Nebraska Writing Project director Robert Brooke introduces the basic concepts of place-conscious education and frames the series of examples that are featured in the remaining episodes.

Episode 2: We Are All Immigrants
In this second episode, Brooke is joined by educator and doctoral candidate Cara Morgenson to discuss an extensive project for her high school English learners with the Homestead National Monument and Brooke’s college juniors.

Episode 3: Blending Place-Based Education and C3WP in Rural Nebraska: A Focus on Civil Discourse
In the third episode, Brooke and English educator Melissa Legate illustrate how a place-conscious focus can blend with the C3WP emphasis on civic engagement and understanding issues from multiple perspectives.

Episode 4: Place-Conscious Experiential Writing for Students and Teachers
Learn about a partnership between the Nebraska Writing Project and Homestead National Monument that used place-based writing to give students a greater appreciation of place, writing, history, and the Homestead Act.

Episode 5: Bare Bones: Place-Based Teaching Through the Stories of Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Part five of The Nebraska Experience gives an outline of the initial work between the Nebraska Writing Project and Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and examines the rich place-based teaching that occurred in this partnership.

Episode 6: Writing the River: Nebraska Writing Project and Niobrara Scenic River Partnership
Hear about a new partnership between the National Park Service and the Nebraska Writing Project that is under development and moving toward a planned river float for area high school students to allow them to experience the Niobrara River in a way they may not have done in the past.

Episode 7: Being Heard: Students Presenting Live to State Senators on Local Issues
The final episode of our seven-part series, The Nebraska Experience, explores an approach to teaching argument writing that involves students in researching local issues and presenting advocacy writing live to legislators at the state capitol.

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