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.