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Why PBL?

Project Based Learning can be transformative for students. By presenting students with a mix of choice and responsibility, cognitive concepts and practical activities, within an environment of real-world authenticity, projects engage students in learning that is deep and long-lasting.

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Student Impact

Engaged hearts and minds

Students actively engage with PBL projects which provide real-world relevance for learning. Students can solve problems that are important to them and their communities.

Deeper learning

PBL projects lead to deeper understanding and greater retention of content knowledge. Students are better able to apply what they know to new situations.

Exposure to adults and careers

Through PBL, students interact with adults, businesses and organizations, and their community, and can develop career interests.

A sense of purpose

A great project can be transformative for students. Seeing a real-world impact gives them a sense of agency and purpose.

21st century workplace skills

Beyond basic knowledge, students learn to take initiative and responsibility, solve problems, and communicate ideas.

Rewarding teacher relationships

Teachers work closely with active, engaged students doing meaningful work, and share in the rediscovered joy of learning.

Creativity and technology

Students enjoy using a spectrum of technology tools from research and collaboration through product creation and presentation.

“I love PBL because it’s like a secret. There’s so much learning but you don’t realize it. Sometimes, we think so much that our heads hurt. We are the ones doing the projects and the teachers guide us through the hard work but they don’t tell us the answers. They ask us more and more questions to help us think.” Madison, 4th Grade

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Get started with Project Based Learning

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