The NEW Gold Standard
Project Based Learning
The NEW Gold Standard for Project Based Learning is here! Please join us throughout the month of May as we introduce the new Essential Project Design Elements and Project Based Teaching Practices. Please check out our new website content that includes blogs, hangouts, and new Gold Standard PBL resources, and hear about our new book to be published by ASCD on: Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning: A Proven Approach to Rigorous Classroom Instruction.
GOLD Standard PBL: Essential Project Design Elements
It's nice that Project Based Learning is becoming popular, but popularity can bring problems. Here at the Buck Institute for Education, we're concerned that the recent upsurge of interest in PBL will lead to wide variation in the quality of project design and classroom implementation. Read more.
GOLD Standard PBL: Project Based Teaching Practices
Teachers who make Project Based Learning a regular part of their teaching enjoy their new role, although for some it might take time to adjust from traditional practice. It's fun to get creative when designing a project, instead of just using "off the shelf" curriculum materials. Most teachers like working collaboratively with their colleagues when planning and implementing projects, and interacting with other adults from the community or the wider world. And PBL teachers find it rewarding to work closely alongside students, tackling a real-world challenge or exploring a meaningful question. Read more.
Upcoming May Hangouts
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Gold Standard Project Based Learning authors John Larmer and John Mergendoller discuss the need for high-quality PBL, and outline the new model for Essential Project Design Elements.
BIE Director of Implementation Jennifer Cruz, BIE Director of Professional Services Rody Boonchuoy, and BIE National Faculty member Suzie Boss will discuss how school and district leaders can lead a system-wide PBL implementation effort.
Join the Project Based Learning Community
Our main online community is the Project Based Learning community on Google+. We invite you to join us there to learn from each other, and share ideas and projects related to PBL. We recommend that you join our other online communities to not only be part of a learning network, but to also spread the word about the benefits of Project Based Learning to the greater education world and beyond.