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Project-Based Learning and the Common Core: Resource Roundup

Explore a curated compilation of online resources for aligning project-based learning with the Common Core State Standards.
Andrew Miller
Instructional Coach at Shanghai American School
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Are you a project-based learning (PBL) school aligning to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? Are you a CCSS-aligned district needing to see the connections between the CCSS and PBL? Either way, here are some resources for you, broken down into three categories.

Alignment of PBL and the Common Core

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PBL and the Common Core in the Classroom

  • Common Core and PBL in the Classroom (Buck Institute for Education, 2013)

    This BIE Google Hangout goes over some of the major shifts in the Common Core and how PBL can help teachers design projects that teach and assess Common Core standards, including backwards design and performance assessments.

  • Common Core and Project-Based Learning -- Part II (Buck Institute for Education, 2013).

    This Google hangout with BIE's John Larmer goes over specific advice for teachers to design projects aligned to the Common Core.

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ELA- and Math-Specific Guidance

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Related Resources

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Do you know of additional resources, or are there other types of resources you'd like to see included? Please share your feedback in the comments on this page.

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John S. Thomas
First & Second Grade Teacher/Adjunct faculty Antioch University New England, former Elementary Principal

Abby, My first thought was not enough. ;) This would be an interesting data point to gather for all subject areas and grade levels. My guess would be a very small percentage. I'm still amazed at how many educators, even progressive ones, who don't know about PBL. I think math lends itself very well to PBL work.. Though in my experience, my children's math teachers have still been much more traditional when it comes to instruction. I think it comes down to having too many administrators across the country who feel that their teachers need to teach "by the book" and don't allow for the innovative flexibility of PBL.

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