Place-Based Learning The sensibility of grounding educational activities in community and neighborhood is obvious, and the advantage here goes to the small rural school. Access to the outdoors, local government, the town square, and agriculture is more readily available to teachers and students in rural school districts. In addition, local decisions to implement these kinds of learning activities should be less bureaucratic, and there is ample opportunity for student work to contribute to community problem solving. Place-based education gives meaning to learning, strengthens the bonds between school and community, and instills pride and wonder in the cultures and histories of rural places and small towns. Tell your place-based education story! Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find our more about Place-Based Learning, visit Rural Schools Collaborative.