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Project-based learning yields better student outcomes in studies supported by famous filmmaker’s foundation
Thomas, L. (2021). Project-based learning yields better student outcomes in studies supported by famous filmmaker’s foundation. University of Michigan Vice President for Communications.
Students in project-based learning classrooms across the United States significantly outperform those in typical classrooms, according to studies announced by Lucas Education Research, along with five major universities, including the University of Michigan.
Arundel, K. (2021). Project-based learning boosts achievement across demographics. K-12 Dive.
Studies give more proof that project-based learning increases academic achievement.
DeVivo, Kristin. "The Only Class a High School Dropout Never Missed." Education Week.
New research shows how to engage even the hardest-to-reach students.
A remedy for COVID learning loss? Project-based learning improves outcomes in elementary science, social studies
Michigan State University College of Education News
With growing concern about the “COVID slide” effects of distance learning, researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan have developed two project-based learning studies that seek to help teachers boost student engagement- Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning and Project Place.
Terada, Youki. New Research Makes a Powerful Case for PBL. Edutopia 2021.
Two new gold-standard studies provide compelling evidence that project-based learning is an effective strategy for all students—including historically marginalized ones.
Terada, Youki. Boosting Student Engagement Through Project-Based Learning. Edutopia 2018.
A researcher-practitioner partnership in San Francisco shows promising results for middle school science students.
Bell, Susan. "USC Dornsife researcher investigates a new approach to Advanced Placement teaching and learning." USC Dornsife. 21 July 2017. Web. 23 Aug. 2017.
Promising results from a pilot study led by Anna Saavedra of the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) and supported by the George Lucas Educational Foundation could herald a shift in traditional approaches to education.
Duke, Nell K. and Halvorsen, Anne-Lise. New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement. Edutopia 2017
Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.
"Less lecturing, more doing: New approach for A.P. classes" Seattle Times (2014).
Read about how Knowledge in Action AP courses are being implemented in Seattle classrooms.
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A Research-Backed Science Curriculum
Watch to see the Equity in Science Education curriculum in action in the San Francisco Unified School District, where middle school students work collaboratively on science projects.Learn More
Democratic Knowledge Project
The Democratic Knowledge Project is a project-based learning civics initiative that includes a year-long 8th grade civics curriculum, Civic Engagement in Our Democracy.Learn More
Sprocket is a free online portal for teachers to access full-year project-based learning courses. It also includes an online community where teachers are able to share ways to implement and adapt the courses.Learn More
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