Phenomenon Based Learning (PhBL) is a multi-disciplinary form of learning that approaches a topic (phenomenon) initially from a bird's eye view. PhBL was developed as a means to address the growing need for learning experiences which encounter and solve real-world issues while being aligned to 21st century skills. The topic or concept is deconstructed into distinct yet interdependent aspects. The learning then spirals full circle to encompass the topic or concept holistically.
PhBL SPOTLIGHT: Environmental Justice
We are SO thrilled to share this PhBL concept that emerged from a design team collaboration here in Washington State as we support the opening of Cascade Charter School. Our design team developed multiple concepts for PhBL experiences before involving students and community members in selecting the most relevant concepts and contributing to their continued development for what will become the 9th grade PhBL curriculum.
We hope these concepts will seed some ideas with you!
Phenomenon: Environmental Justice-Restoration
Puget Sound Superfund
Who owns the water?
How do we balance people, industry, recreation, wildlife, environment?
Elwha & Duwamish River case studies
River ecosystems (salmon, orca,
Tribal rights (treaty, recognition)
Local J pod Orcas information/lifecycles
China’s current dam building projects
“Little Miss Flint” Mari Copery
Chief Seattle’s Speech
Examples of environmental restoration from around the world & case studies
Loess plateu, China
Colorado River Delta, Mexico
Nashua/Cayahoga rivers in NE
Clean Air & Water acts of 1970’s
Superfund & Brownfield laws
Formation of the EPA by Richard Nixon
Science Friday profile of Navajo scientist & river clean up/monitoring in Arizona (“Bitter Waters”)
Environmental impact assesment
Clean up proposals & actions
Letters to legislators (river or tribal rights)
Models of river flows with and w/o dams & construciton
Water, Air, Habitat Quality Analysis
SSLC3 & Environmental Science:
Adult World Connections:
Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group
Duwamish Tribe (Longhorse)
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Committee who brought the Elwha dam down
Case study: California failed and no longer has salmon populations (big bummer)
Orcafest concerts San Juan Islands