Top 6 PBL News Stories

Aug. 14-18, 2017

Each Friday we post a list of articles, blog posts, research studies, and other resources we’ve run across that relate to Project Based Learning.

Here’s what we liked this week:

Resources for Addressing Racism and Hatred in the Classroom
Educators are sharing resources on Twitter using #CharlottesvilleCurriculum, and ASCD offers this comprehensive list of articles, books, podcasts, etc. from its collection.  Current events will no doubt inspire lots of project ideas – let me know if you conduct or hear about a project on this topic!

These educators know how to make PBL work for teachers
eSchool News
Sound advice in this post from a superintendent in Illinois (who has used BIE for support), a STEM PD director in Stoughton Public Schools, Massachusetts, and a science consultant in the Northwest Area Education Agency, Iowa.

Project Management Toolkit for Teachers
Project Management Institute Educational Foundation
Here’s a very useful—and free—resource for K-12 teachers that even comes in a “PBL Terminology” version, organized into four “Project Phase Folders”: Defining, Planning, Doing, Reviewing.

8 Things to Look For in a Student-Centered Learning Environment
Getting Smart
Emily Liebtag offers a handy checklist and graphic of what you’d see in PBL-friendly school/classroom.

Proposal for an Innovation Diploma
Getting Smart
Tom Vander Ark makes a proposal for a competency-based diploma “that would represent preparedness for the automation economy” that includes 20 projects completed over a three-to-four year period.

Vermont Medical School Says Goodbye to Lectures
National Public Radio
Saying “lectures aren’t the best way to learn,” the dean of Vermont’s medical school argues instead for “active learning” methods. A few medical schools began using problem-based learning back in the 1960s, which contributed to BIE’s thinking about PBL. Good to see more and more stories like this coming from the post-secondary education world.


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