Global and technological changes are creating an environment where the ability to selectively absorb, critically assess, and act upon high volumes of information that is constantly in flux is crucial to succeeding in the market place and in society at large.
As a response, educators are focusing on the importance of promoting creativity, leadership skills and the ability to critically assess and retain information in the classroom. To this end, Project-based Learning (PBL) is becoming an increasingly important educational tool. It involves presenting students with complex tasks which may range from putting together a presentation to developing an actual artifact and require independent critical thinking.
A growing number of studies proves the effectiveness of PBL in helping students retain the lesson material and encouraging them to take initiative in their education as well as their communities. When combined with cross-curricular and globally themed curricula, PBL can also help youths gain a more complex and nuanced vision of the world. Moreover, if introduced with the right methodology, PBL can contribute to create a more dynamic learning environment and help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
To learn more about Project-based Learning and develop new ideas for your curriculum, attend one of our many breakout sessions on the subject. Join teachers and experts from across the country who will present on the successes and challenges they encountered in implementing PBL strategies in their schools and classrooms. These range from overviews of how a school in Ohio is succeeding in implementing PBL in all its curricula (Create a Schoolwide Approach to Project-Based Learning); a summer program focusing on social action and global citizenship that allows students from the Fairfax Country Public School system to earn college credit and engage with resources from George Mason University (Global Education: Social Constructs, Action, and Globalization); the development of a 7th grade teaching module that includes real-life learning, Common Core Standards and cross-curricular concepts (Integrate Cross Curricular, Project-Based Learning with Common Core Standards); the Cell Project and its relevance in promoting the concepts of “taking action” and project planning among students (Create a “Take Action” Cell Project) .
- Integrate Cross Curricular, Project-Based Learning with Common Core Standards led by Amy Long, Shannon Kuhlman, Jared Manns
- Create a “Take Action” Cell Project led by Brad Lanier, Nancy Galster
- Global Education: Social Constructs, Action, and Globalization led by Craig Perrier
- Create a Schoolwide Approach to Project-Based Learning led by Terri Holden, Kevin Jones
Learn more about our many other breakout sessions that address how to promote student engagement and action in the classroom and beyond.Learn more