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Journalist and PBL advocate

Promising Results for Low SES Students

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Hi Michelle,
As Cindy mentioned, the full data will be released later this summer. That may give you more of the information that you're looking for. But in the results she shared this week, she pointed out the 10 percent increase in pass rate for low SES students. That's certainly encouraging. The results on PBL and engagement are also powerful. Deep learning won't happen unless students are engaged.

Project Foundry Guru

Bullied into using the wrong metric

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Feel obligated to point out that 10% is still a considerable improvement. Also, I'm not convinced using an AP exam is the best way to exemplify the effectiveness of PBL for that group. I'm more interested in the numbers on how many children from low poverty doing PBL go to post secondary options and if they graduate in less time than traditional edu. There are many PBL schools going on 8+ yrs old where this data could be mined (especially in the Great Lakes states). These types of metrics are more meaningful for figuring out how we really break the poverty cycle.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
― Albert Einstein

Re:PBL Keynote

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I was a little disappointed that both you and Cindy glossed over some of the other data presented. Although AP kids did well, kids from lower SES show no improvement ("due to reading and writing issues"). I notice that information is not in your blog and Cindy, during the keynote, glossed over it with no indication that anything was going to be done to close the gap. Given that public schools have a mix of abilities in their classes, it would be best to explore this area. These kids are our "canaries in the coalmine". If PBL works for then, it will work for anybody!

HIgh School HIstory Teacher in Spokane, WA

I knew it!

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This research confirms what I know as an educator. Students want to be involved. I am a newbie who has only taught AP World History for two years. How can we incorporate more PBL to a curriculum that has 10,000 years of history in 30 weeks? I am so open to hear good ideas. Please share.

Kinetic Conundrum Project from King

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Thanks for the shout-out about Kinectic Conundrum from King Middle School in Portland, ME. You can find many more project in our Center for Student Work on the Expeditionary Learning website.

AP Govt

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I am an AP Govt teacher and would like to know what Projects they used. Was it from the Social Studies Interact? Would definitely like to see the projects if possible. Thanks.

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