I’ve seen lives turned around by Project Based Learning. I have loads of success stories from learners, teachers, and administrators. There is also research to back up the benefits of Project Based Learning. This leadership episode is going to be a two-part episode focusing on Research on Project Based Learning by Lucas Education Research. The brief is linked to in the resources below.

This episode takes a high-level view, and then I break it down in the upcoming episode 90 as we take a deeper look. We also have a “need to know” that focuses on the question of where do I get started with PBL? I share a free resource in the show notes and other options for learning about Project Based Learning. I also share the best way to learn by visiting a school and seeing it in action. 

Episode Highlights: 

[02:54] Where do I get started with PBL? Educate yourself with books, podcasts, videos, and visiting a school that is doing PBL.

[04:01] On your visit ask good questions and be sure to talk to the learners.

[05:55] It's a powerful lever for improving equity. When it's used significant learning occurs. 

[07:05] The study shows that when underserved students engage in PBL they learn significantly.

[09:22] Learners miss out on opportunities and authentic learning experiences when not involved in Project Based Learning.

[11:59] Curriculum needs to be flexible enough to pull in additional resources to help your students connect it to the work. Connections are a huge benefit.

[13:06] Belonging in the school community. We need to build the culture so students are in a safe environment.

[15:37] PBL also creates strong learning opportunities for teachers. Sustained high-quality professional learning. 

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