Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. Watch an introduction video.
Explore Examples That Work
Find profiles and research on K-12 schools, districts, and programs that are dramatically improving the way students learn using PBL. See the Big List.
This research project by the University of Washington in collaboration with The George Lucas Educational Foundation is studying the impact on student learning of a PBL approach to Advanced Placement courses.
Schools That Work Package
A rural school district transformed using the mentorship provided by San Diego's High Tech High.
Go inside Manor New Technology High School, where an unwavering commitment to an effective schoolwide PBL model keeps both students and teachers motivated and achieving their best.
Teacher Adrienne Curtis Dickinson offers four practical tips for taking PBL from a high concept to something easily implemented in the classroom.
If you're new to Project-Based Learning, Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller eases you into the approach with four suggestions to help you stay sane and begin mastering PBL.
Project Learning Assignment: Seventh graders work with community experts to advance their understanding of bacteria in the environment -- and then share their findings with the community at large.
Use these guiding principles to pull together projects with the time and resources you have.
Foundations and Organizations
- Buck Institute for Education (BIE): Project-Based Learning for the 21st Century
- PBL University: Web-Based Professional Development, Courses, and Projects from BIE
- Expeditionary Learning: National Network of Experiential Project-Based Learning Schools
- The Project Approach: PBL Tips and Tools from Author and Educator Sylvia Chard
- High Tech High: Workshops and Resources from a Model PBL School