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June 22, 2017
PBL Isn’t Just Curriculum; for Some Students It’s a Lifeline.

by John Larmer
Editor in Chief

We at the Buck Institute have been making the case for PBL as an educational equity strategy. For all students, and especially those from historically disadvantaged groups, a great project can be a transformative experience. Students gain a sense of agency in the world, confidence in themselves as learners and problem solvers. They gain the ability and the desire—and the grit, perseverance, and success skills that it takes—to tackle real-world problems in their lives, communities, nation, and world.

The title of this post is a quote from this morning’s keynote speaker at PBL World 2017, who told some stories that brought the equity argument home in a big way for the audience.

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