Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method that creates deep connected learning experiences to build knowledge and skills. Our students investigate and respond to authentic and complex challenges by engaging in a variety of projects to inquire about local and global topics. Projects connect directly to each grade’s curriculum, allowing students an opportunity to grasp skills and knowledge in a new, hands-on way.
“Why PBL? Because Project Based Learning engages students in learning that is deep and long-lasting, and inspires for them a love of learning and personal connection to their academic experience.” – PBL Works
Student learning goals for projects include multidisciplinary, standards-based content and communication, collaboration, project management, and organizational skills. Each of our schools uses the resources nearest to them to build these authentic learning experiences. Examples of projects include:
- Partnering with a local food bank who provided seeds and best practices for planting, growing, and harvesting. Students learned about sustainability and the power of giving back to their community.
- Visiting local farmer’s markets to understand how they contribute to their communities and elements needed for their success. Students then create their own market by planning and organizing vendors, securing space for the market, advertising the event in the community, and fully setting up and coordinating on the day of. It’s a fun, hands-on experience to educate the students on the concept of creating a robust local economy.
- Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by having our Spanish teacher lead a partnership with the Pulsera Project, an organization that provides hand-woven pulseras, or bracelets, purchased from Central American artists to schools for resale. Students learn about the importance of Fair Trade practices and Latin American culture.