Free Resources and Downloads for Project Learning

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Portable Learning:

Every middle school student in Maine gets a laptop.

Credit: Michael Warren

You don't have to reinvent the wheel to bring project-based learning to your school. Educators from Maine have shared details about their administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials you may adapt for your class, school, or school district.

Be sure to check out our Project Learning Reading List and our big list of other schools around the country who have started project-learning programs.

Click on any of the titles below to download a PDF of one of Maine's public schools' resources for success.

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Resources On This Page:

Resources from Edutopia

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Examples of Project Learning/Expeditionary Learning

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School Assessment and Measuring Success

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Teacher and School Planning Guides

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Professional Development

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Organizations

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Resources for Parents

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This article originally published on 3/17/2010

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Why no upper great lakes/midwest representation?

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Is it a requirement that the resource must have originated on the east or west coast?

Disappointing that the Great Lakes/midwest is sorely under represented in this list, considering the tremendous number of pioneering PBL schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan that have been PBL way before many of the school listed here.

One of which, is Minnesota New Country School (Henderson, MN - http://www.newcountryschool.com/) has been around longer than most of these and was recognized as the 'Coolest school in America'.

Going Beyond. . .

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This page does list a lot of great resources, and project-based learning within the traditional classroom setting is a place to start. Start there, do what you can where you are, but reflect on the root of the problem: it's not the students--it's the system. When you're ready to do more, check out www.valleynewschool.com. Continued luck to progressive educators everywhere!

I think this site is awesome

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I think this site is awesome and exciting. It would be wonderful to have this same focus and commitment across the country that Maine has. I want to know how to do get to this point with limited funds and technology (a smartboard and 4 min. working student computers)?

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