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April 27, 2021

Project-based learning is how we teach critical thinking

Shusterman, J. (2021). Project-based learning is how we teach critical thinking. Seattle Times.

In order to create a generation of critical thinkers, we need to make the use of project-based learning (PBL) in classrooms widespread. Critical thinking (or training minds to think) is one of the most important skills for students to develop. It is correlated with academic success, is invaluable in the ever-changing workplace, and increases empathy – which makes for more meaningful social interactions.

April 13, 2021

Project-based learning: An evidence-based way to improve social studies

De Vivo, K. (2021). Project-based learning: An evidence-based way to improve social studies. ASCD Inservice.

A national panel calls for an overhauled approach to teaching history and civics.

April 13, 2021

Analysis: Project-Based Learning or Lectures? Our Research Shows PBL Helps Low-Income Students Do Better in AP Classes, Earn College Credit

Saavedra, A.R., and Rapaport, A. (2021). Analysis: Project-Based Learning or Lectures? Our Research Shows PBL Helps Low-Income Students Do Better in AP Classes, Earn College Credit. The 74 Million.

Can a student-centered approach featuring group work, simulations and oral presentations provide preparation for AP exams as good or even better than lectures? If so, can students from lower-income households, who may not have had the same level of preparation for the coursework as their wealthier peers, benefit?

April 5, 2021

Project-based learning confronts students with uncertainty. Finally.

Mathews, J. (2021). Project-based learning confronts students with uncertainty. Finally. The Washington Post.

Project-based learning, at least in some schools, is much better now. The best lessons have students work on projects that are tied to a real-world scenario and also teach core academic content.

March 31, 2021

Making the Case for Project-Based Learning

Ciampaglia, D.A. (2021). Making the Case for Project-Based Learning. The Elective.

The release of four studies shows the wide-ranging benefits of students becoming active participants in their education.

March 30, 2021

Making Project-Based Learning Inclusive in a Hybrid Setting

Miller, E.A., Codere, S., and Krajcik, J. (2021). Making Project-Based Learning Inclusive in a Hybrid Setting. Edutopia.

It’s not easy to help students feel connected when everyone isn’t in the same room, but these science teachers found a way to make it work.

March 29, 2021

Project-based learning deepens science knowledge for 3rd graders in Michigan

Krajcik, J.S., and Schneider, B. (2021). Project-based learning deepens science knowledge for 3rd graders in Michigan. The Research Brief.

Project-based learning- a teaching approach whereby students explore and solve real-world challenges – can improve third graders’ scientific knowledge as well as their social and emotional skills.

March 26, 2021

How PBL Taps Into the Science of Learning and Development

Edutopia. (2021). How PBL Taps Into the Science of Learning and Development. Edutopia.

A growing body of research shows that project-based learning can have a positive impact on achievement and engagement. Linda Darling-Hammond describes how a rigorous project-based approach fits in with what we know works for students.

March 15, 2021

PBL students excel compared to peers in typical classrooms

Ascione, L. (2021). PBL students excel compared to peers in typical classrooms. eSchool News.

The PBL teaching strategy offers engaging, real-world experiences for students and could prove helpful after COVID-related learning loss.

March 8, 2021

PROOF POINTS: Four new studies bolster the case for project-based learning

Barshay, J. (2021). PROOF POINTS: Four new studies bolster the case for project-based learning. Hechinger Report.

Trials were accompanied by big investments in teacher training and coaching.

March 5, 2021

3 Ways Project-Based Learning Can Address Equity

Edutopia. (2021). 3 Ways Project-Based Learning Can Address Equity. Edutopia.

Education Trust president John King describes how working collaboratively in teams—on purposeful, rigorous projects—can support traditionally underserved learners in the classroom and beyond.

February 26, 2021

Using Driving Questions to Propel Literacy Skills

Peek-Brown, D. (2021). Using Driving Questions to Propel Literacy Skills. Edutopia.

Watch at Edutopia to learn more about Deborah Peek-Brown’s work on project-based learning in elementary science classrooms.  When projects begin with a compelling question that students investigate over time, curiosity can spark the drive to read.

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