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.
PBL projects lead to deeper understanding and greater retention of content knowledge. Students are better able to apply what they know to new situations.
Through PBL, students interact with adults, businesses and organizations, and their community, and can develop career interests.
A great project can be transformative for students. Seeing a real-world impact gives them a sense of agency and purpose.
Beyond basic knowledge, students learn to take initiative and responsibility, solve problems, and communicate ideas.
Teachers work closely with active, engaged students doing meaningful work, and share in the rediscovered joy of learning.
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
Research confirms that to be successful in today’s rapidly changing and complex world, students need to develop a broader set of knowledge and skills beyond academics.
Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.Learn More
Rigorous study demonstrates PBL’s power to develop students’ skills to reason about complex issues and make thoughtful decisions about unfamiliar issues.Learn More
Teachers and school leaders rate our professional development as exceptional. Whether you’re seeking teacher training or you’re looking for a whole-district PBL implementation, BIE looks forward to working with you.