Many traditional models of education — where students passively learn to recite facts with little or no context — are no longer sufficient for today’s 21st century learner. Research has shown that project-based learning (PBL) encourages independent work, critical thinking, lends itself to authentic assessment and evaluation of a learner’s progress, helps teachers reach students with varying learning styles, and most importantly, promotes lifelong learning. Yet, many schools and districts struggle to integrate this approach. So, how can we encourage more project-based learning approaches to be part of today’s educational system?
In this session, participants will explore eight essential elements of project based learning; outline methods for developing a short action plan on how to approach your community or administration on the possibility of utilizing PBL; and identify possible solutions to common community-based questions on “Why should our district or school be exploring project-based learning?”.