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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.

  • Middle school student participates in presentation during National History Day

    A Beginner’s Guide to National History Day

    National History Day—which, despite the name, runs through the school year—is powerful project-based learning for middle and high school students.
    Matt Weyers, Taylor Hamblin
  • 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?”
    175
  • Two high school students work on science project designing wind turbine

    Climate Justice Projects Combine Science and Citizenship

    Schools and districts can help students make connections between course content, environmental issues, and public policy.
    103
  • 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.
    5.5k
  • 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.
    4.7k
  • 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.
    1.8k
  • 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.
    3.6k
  • 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.
    2.5k
  • Student works on laptop in classroom while wearing mask

    Making Project-Based Learning Inclusive in a Hybrid Setting

    It’s not easy to help students feel connected when everyone isn’t in the same room, but these science teachers found a way to make it work.
    637
  • 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.
    3.2k
  • Student makes notes during outdoor science experiment

    7 Tips for Exploring Environmental Science Through Project-Based Learning

    The National Park Service has great resources for students to do real environmental science work—even if they don’t visit a park.
    134
  • 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.
    734
  • Middle school student writes in her notebook

    3 Strategies to Help Students Move From Start to Finish in PBL

    Between the launch of a project-based learning unit and the final presentation, targeted instruction and feedback are crucial for student success.
    800
  • 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.
    3.5k
  • Middle school boy works on school project at home

    Supporting Multilingual Learners in Hybrid Classrooms

    Hands-on learning strategies help English language learners participate in discussions—whether in-person or online.
    680

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