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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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  • Why Project-Based Learning Outperforms Traditional Instruction

    Research shows that PBL can lead to better outcomes for many students—here are five reasons why it works.
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    Ron Berger on the Power of ‘Beautiful Work’

    To motivate students and teachers alike, we need to deepen the work of schools and give everyone the time and space to work toward greatness, says the noted educator.
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    Taking an Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Science

    Teachers in any content area can use project-based learning to explore environmental concerns with their students.
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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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