Place-Based Urban Education and Best Practices


"An alignment between education and the full range of life experiences congruent with the human condition"

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Our philosophy: The Newark Engagement Project, or N.E.P., is an idea brought about by four Graduate Students at Montclair State University that focuses on community-based learning within and beyond Newark, NJ's public schools. Community-based learning can be defined as experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. Combined with the efforts of urban educators and communtiy leaders in Newark, the N.E.P. hopes to broaden the necessity of learning through centralized service with the community in order to strengthen knowledge concerning individual and collaborative achievement.

"The beauty of place-based education is that it can not only serve as a vehicle for learning school subjects, but also give students to develop inter- and intra-personal intelligence, as they work with one another to and discover something about the hardships they share in living in America's passed-over urban places."
- Linda Tolbert and Paul Theobald