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March 4, 2016
Top 5 PBL News Stories

by John Larmer
Editor in Chief

Week of Feb. 29 - Mar. 4, 2016


Each Friday we post a list of our favorite articles, blog posts, and other resources we’ve run across that relate to Project Based Learning.

Here’s what we liked this week:

Talking About Text Structure in the PBL Classroom
Nell K. Duke, a professor at the University of Michigan, explains how to use research-supported practices for literacy instruction in the “meaningful and engaging context” of PBL, which increases their effectiveness.

Personalizing Spanish Class 
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
A teacher uses PBL with a personalized approach, including technology and social media, to teach her students Spanish.

Teaching for Tomorrow’s Economy? Teacher Effects on Complex Cognitive Skills and Social-Emotional Competencies
A paper by Matthew A. Kraft and Sarah Grace of Brown University examining the degree to which teachers help students develop skills required for success in high-growth job areas in the U.S. The researchers call for teacher education and professional development programs to provide guidance on pedagogical approaches for developing these skills – which BIE believes is PBL.

STEM: A Deep Definition
Partnership for 21st Century Learning
Steve Zipkes, a veteran PBL school principal, deconstructs what it really means to be a “STEM school” and the key role of PBL.

Full PBL Inclusion: Ensuring Deeper Learning for My Special Education Students
Partnership for 21st Century Learning
Sergio Hernandez, a special education teacher at Katherine Smith School in San Jose, CA describes how he integrates his work with the school’s PBL-oriented program.


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