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Project-Based Learning Resource Set

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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS I: Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
    • Element C: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of the content, central concepts, inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices, and specialized characteristics of the disciplines being taught.
  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element D: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

This set of resources is designed to provide a broad overview of project-based learning - its purpose in today's classroom, how it is designed, assessed and managed, and what it looks like in action. 


In this article, the reader is guided through seven elements to create meaningful project-based learning experiences.  

This opening chapter of the book, Setting the Standard for Project-Based Learning, highlights the reasons why project-based learning is a highly effective instructional model that can engage students in deep, authentic learning. 

This brief blog post from Teach Thought provides a framework for differentiation in project-based learning and considers two types of differentiation: intuitive and intentional. Although written with PBL in mind, the ideas presented in this article could be applied to many other instructional models. 

This guide to assessment within a PBL unit is presented by the New Tech Network of project-based learning schools:

"Our Assessment in PBL tool helps teachers assess their students’ learning throughout an entire project. Use this tool to identify the kinds of learning that students should be typically engaged in during each phase of a project and to identify strategies for effectively assessing their learning in each phase."

This brief article by PBL leader BIE provides practical tips for managing the student logistics of project-based learning. 

This handy infographic shows the differences between "doing a project" and project-based learning. It also provides a continuum of what learning activities in project-based learning might look like. 

This appendix to the book, Setting the Standard for Project-Based Learning, highlights 16 different examples of project-based learning units. Included are a variety of content area and grade-level examples and each provides the driving question for the unit along with the details about the final product, the audience, and ways to potentially extend the learning. 

"Watch this example of a PBL project in action – the “Taking Care of Our Environment ” project featuring Sara Lev, Citizens of the World Charter School, Los Angeles, CA (Transitional-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary)."

"Watch this example of a PBL project in action – "The Water Quality Project” featuring Rayhan Ahmed - Leaders High School, Brooklyn, NY (High School Chemistry)."

"Middle school students from TEAM Academy create menus, grant letters, commercials, and multimedia presentations for a healthy restaurant. (Visit teamschools.org)"

"Watch this example of a PBL project in action – the “Tiny House Project” featuring Cheryl Bautista of Katherine Smith Elementary School, San Jose, CA (Grade 3 interdisciplinary)."