In this book, Sam Seidel describes how the High School for the Recording Arts, which serves urban youth in St. Paul, Minnesota, engages students who were turned off by traditional schooling by building its curriculum around PBL and hip-hop music, culture, and business. The book shares the important message that education works better when students are engaged in learning that is connected to their own lives.
This video, from the Teaching Channel, explains how Expeditionary Learning's "Crew" model helps students to build a sense of community and belonging, and to support each other through academic and personal challenges.
This recorded BIE webinar focuses on student self-assessment. It distinguishes between evaluation and assessment, and focuses on ways that teachers can support students in reflecting on their own progress, identifying what they know and can do, and setting goals for growth.
This blog post demonstrates how teacher autonomy, student voice and choice, and the challenge of producing work for a public audience leads to high student engagement. Read about an exemplary project that demonstrated these attributes, meeting students' need for meaning and authenticity.
This blog post explains how helping students build relationships with themselves, peers, and subject-matter experts can deepen learning, ultimately leading to greater rigor and engagement in a project.
In this recorded webinar, BIE National Faculty member John McCarthy shares proven strategies that support readiness, interests, and learning profiles. The webinar offers valuable practices and ideas for differentiating instruction within a PBL context.
This document helps students think about what they did in the course of a project and how well the project went. It provides valuable feedback for students on their own strengths and needs, and valuable feedback for teachers on how a project might better meet the needs of students.