Smokies to Schoolyards Connection is an initiative of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (GSMIT), focused on developing and sustaining GSMIT’s opportunities for inquiry-based learning within Great Smoky Mountains National Park and communities in east Tennessee. We are achieving this by:
Hands-on, immersive education experiences are proven to boost test scores, improve behavior, increase interest and engagement in the learning process, and support active and healthy lifestyles. We believe this methodology can be used daily in the classrooms of east Tennessee. Smokies to Schoolyards Connection is an initative rooted in GSMIT’s mission of “connecting people and nature”.
Percentage of student assessment scores increased using the Environment as an Integrating Context (a framework for collaborative, student-centered, hands-on, and engaged learning) compared to peers in traditional programs.