Building Parent Support for Project Based Learning

When a teacher, school, or district tells parents and community members, “We’re going to do Project Based Learning!” the response may vary. You’re lucky if some say, “Great news! Students need to be taught differently these days!” but a more typical response might be:

  1. What’s Project Based Learning? 
  2. That’s not how I was taught. Why do we need PBL, if (a) our school is already doing well, or (b) what we really need is a better literacy/math program to raise test scores? 
  3. Isn't that just a trendy new thing that doesn't really work? 
  4. How is this going to affect my child (and me)? 

Basically, they’re asking for the what, why, and how. Here are some successful strategies we’ve seen to answer these questions.