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Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.

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  • Building Student Agency by Collaborating on Learning Standards

    When students have a say in choosing driving and supporting standards for project-based learning units, they get invested in the outcomes.
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  • Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    A new study shows that when implemented well, AP courses built around project-based learning can raise test scores for all students, including those in traditionally underserved demographics.
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  • Students assemble a model wind turbine they constructed.

    New Research Makes a Powerful Case for PBL

    Two new gold-standard studies provide compelling evidence that project-based learning is an effective strategy for all students—including historically marginalized ones.
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  • Dispelling Myths About PBL and Direct Instruction

    Dispelling Myths About PBL and Direct Instruction

    Linda Darling-Hammond discusses how well-placed direct instruction can scaffold rigorous, student-centered project-based learning.
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  • A Project-Based Approach to Teaching Elementary Science

    A Project-Based Approach to Teaching Elementary Science

    New research reveals that when science, reading, and math come together in rigorous hands-on projects, student collaboration, engagement, and achievement can soar.
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  • Combining Social Studies and STEM in a Project-Based Learning Unit

    High school students can apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math classes to a local issue they’re interested in.
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  • How Project-Based Learning Can Teach Empathy

    When PBL is personal to students, it can provide more than just content knowledge—it can also foster important connections.
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  • Using Driving Questions to Propel Literacy Skills

    Using Driving Questions to Propel Literacy Skills

    When projects begin with a compelling question that students investigate over time, curiosity can spark the drive to read.
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  • How PBL Taps Into the Science of Learning and Development

    How PBL Taps Into the Science of Learning and Development

    A growing body of research shows that project-based learning can have a positive impact on achievement and engagement. Linda Darling-Hammond describes how a rigorous project-based approach fits in with what we know works for students.
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  • Teenager working on schoolwork at her laptop during distance learning

    3 Keys to Making Project-Based Learning Work During Distance Learning

    This challenging time provides an opportunity for students to work on real-world problems they see every day.
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  • Student illustration depicting justice for Ahmaud Arbery

    Exploring Social Justice Issues Through PBL

    The open-ended work in project-based learning can help students explore issues that matter to them.
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  • High school students collaborate in math class

    Creating Opportunities for Project-Based Learning in Math

    Rigorous PBL units in middle and high school math answer the age-old student question: “When am I ever going to need this?”
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  • High school students engage in civic debate

    Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social Studies

    Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.
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  • Designing Science Inquiry: Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation

    The Claim, Evidence, Reasoning framework is a scaffolded way to teach the scientific method.
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  • Middle school girl giving presentation in classroom at school

    A Schoolwide Exhibition Builds Excitement for Project-Based Learning

    Interdisciplinary project-based learning encourages teacher collaboration, and a whole-school showcase is deeply engaging for students.
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