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Suzie Boss profile

Suzie Boss

Journalist and PBL advocate

I'm a journalist who writes about the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. Author of Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World and co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, I'm inspired by educators who push the boundaries of the traditional classroom. I'm on the National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education, and have also helped nonprofit organizations design programs that teach both youth and adults how to improve their communities with innovative, sustainable solutions.

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Posts

  • Literacy

    Gaming as a Tool for Narrative Writing

    Teachers are leveraging the power of gaming to turn even reluctant student writers into enthusiastic storytellers.
  • College Readiness

    College Prep for First-Generation Students

    Two high schools with different strategies to support students who will be the first in their families to go to college.
  • Environmental Education

    Teaching Climate Change Across Subjects

    Teachers in diverse disciplines—such as environmental science, language arts, and social studies—are covering climate change.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

    Twenty ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.
  • PBL Planning

    10 Ready-to-Borrow Project Ideas

    As you consider the following project possibilities, ask yourself: Would this project help my students meet important learning goals? Would my students find it engaging?
  • Teacher Development

    Teaching Kids to Argue—Respectfully

    Tools and resources for teaching controversial topics and building students’ argumentation skills.
  • Teacher Development

    3 Reads to Inspire Your Teaching Practice

    Find ideas on student engagement, deeper inquiry, and project-based learning, whether you read on your own or in a book study group.
  • School Leadership

    A Small Town School Embraces a Big Vision

    A determined superintendent looks to transform student lives in his rural Kentucky hometown.
  • Professional Development

    3 Ways to Unlock the Wisdom of Colleagues

    Sometimes the best ideas are inside your own school. Here are three thoughtful practices to find—and share—inspiration from your peers.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Playful Inquiry for Elementary Students

    Six suggestions for bringing a key idea from a Reggio Emilia–inspired school to your K–5 classroom.
  • PBL Planning

    A World of Project Ideas (You Can Steal)

    To get off to a flying start planning this summer, borrow good project ideas from other teachers and adapt them to fit your context.
  • Place-Based Learning

    A Place-Based Approach to PBL

    A veteran teacher and author discusses how to bring fieldwork into your project-based learning curriculum.
  • Education Trends

    Sharing Student Work Beyond the Classroom

    The Share Your Learning campaign highlights the value of having students present their work to authentic audiences.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Agriculture Students Harness Innovation

    Students in school-based farming programs are exploring everything from hydroponics to robotics to entrepreneurship.
  • Project-Based Learning

    How Can We Successfully Land a Rover on Mars?

    The classic egg drop experiment gets reinvented as a driving question for physics students to explore a real-world problem.