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Finding Teacher Leaders: A First Step in District-wide PBL Implementation

Posted by Becky Webster on Jan 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

You’ve read the project-based learning (PBL) success stories, researched the studies showing student performance gains, and now you’re ready for your district to dive into PBL. Your next step is finding teacher leaders. This is a critical task because these educators will add value in a few different ways:

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Tags: PBL, Teachers, Administrators, Getting Started with PBL, PBL Pilot Program

Collaborating with Colleagues: Working Together for PBL Success

Posted by Becky Webster on Jan 18, 2018 12:20:00 PM

Collaboration is at the core of project-based learning. Educators benefit from working with colleagues whether they’re starting out with PBL or have been facilitating projects for years. Shared development can be done in different ways, from formal training to informal discussions. A combination of approaches gives teachers the opportunity to find the right fit.

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Project-Based Learning: Benefiting Students and Their Communities

Posted by Becky Webster on Jan 16, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Navigating real-world problems is at the heart of project-based learning (PBL). What better way to bring the real world into the classroom than to bring the classroom into the real world? Not only is effective PBL bolstered by service learning and community partnerships, but the community at large can reap benefits that start with engaged young residents participating in community life.

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Does it work? Research on Project-Based Learning

Posted by Becky Webster on Dec 19, 2017 7:20:00 AM

Project-based learning sounds great: but does it work? Is there a way to find out what effects project-based learning (PBL) has on students? Admittedly, assessing PBL’s benefits can be tricky since it can be applied in a number of different ways and is often not the only form of instruction students receive. Luckily, as PBL’s popularity grows, there is also a growing body of research. Studies measuring the effects of PBL show significant benefits to students’ academic performance.

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Tags: Administrators, PBL Research

Aligning PBL with Standards

Posted by Becky Webster on Dec 14, 2017 9:20:00 AM

Student success and school (or school district) success is typically measured by test scores. Teachers and administrators are accountable for student performance. Home values can even rise or fall with the perceived quality of a school district. So, it’s no surprise that test scores are on the minds of educators.

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Tags: Standards, PBL, Administrators, Teachers

Seasonal Project-Based Learning  Activities for the Classroom

Posted by Becky Webster on Dec 12, 2017 12:25:38 PM

Keep students on track as winter holidays approach by including seasonal project-based learning (PBL) in your plans! The holiday season can be a time when students lose interest in classes, but it’s actually a great time to build enthusiasm around PBL. Acknowledge the excitement of the season and build those 21st Century Skills with fun projects like planning parties and making gifts.

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Tags: Teachers, PBL Projects

6 Keys to a Successful PBL Pilot Program

Posted by Becky Webster on Nov 22, 2017 11:35:12 AM

We solve problems every day, from figuring out a faster route to work to deciding what to make for dinner. Project-based learning (PBL) offers students a chance to start actively solving problems, learn through real-life scenarios, and come away with deeper understanding. PBL is a great way to build skills like collaboration, critical thinking, and communication into lesson plans, but getting started can be intimidating since PBL may be a change of pace in your classroom or school district. Here are six key ideas to remember when planning your first projects.

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Tags: PBL Pilot Program, Getting Started with PBL, Teachers, Administrators

Thinking of starting a PBL pilot program? Five things to keep in mind.

Posted by Becky Webster on Nov 22, 2017 11:34:52 AM

Project-based learning (PBL) is a powerful way to give students the opportunity to master 21st Century Skills like creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, helping them apply what they’ve learned to their daily lives, today and in the future. This strategy isn’t a standardized model of schooling, which can seem daunting, but launching a PBL pilot program in any school district is achievable and worthwhile. PBL leads to improved engagement and can be combined with a standards-based curriculum, empowering students to solve real world challenges. Establishing a PBL pilot program requires thinking differently—not just for students, but administrators and teachers, too. Here are five things to keep in mind when getting started.

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Tags: Administrators, PBL Pilot Program

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