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PBL and Academic Performance
This new study by MIDA Learning Technologies examines the effect of the project-based learning on students' academic peformance.
Deeper Learning Through PBL
In this webinar, you’ll hear from leaders in education who will share their insight on how to best engage students in meaningful learning and boost student success.
Empowering Students with Equitable Access to Careers
In this complimentary webinar, education thought leaders will share insights and resources to help you provide ALL students with equitable access to career exploration and experiences.
Closing the Opportunity Gap Through Career-Connected PBL
In this complimentary webinar, you'll get research on career exploration in K-12 and how it impacts lifelong success and you'll learn how Broken Arrow Public Schools in Oklahoma is implementing career-connected PBL to drive academic transformation in 6th-12th.
Professional Learning for PBL
This white paper explores what high-quality professional learning looks like and how school systems can apply it to PBL to ensure success.
Accelerate Learning this Summer with PBL & STEM
In this webinar, you'll learn how to accelerate learning this summer with PBL & STEM
PBL for ALL
In this complimentary webinar, John Spencer and John Larmer will lay out the case for making PBL a reality for all students.
Evidence-Based Strategies to Boost Student Engagement and Success
In this complimentary white paper from Defined Learning, we’ll share what the experts say about the UbD and PBL approaches and provide examples from districts that have effectively implemented these strategies to boost student success.
Deeper Learning Through PBL
How have academics, physical well-being, and emotional well-being changed throughout the last year as the pandemic and distance-learning mandates continue to change?
Accelerating Learning through Meaningful PBL
Now more than ever, educators need better approaches for engaging students in meaningful learning that builds critical thinking and problem-solving skills –skills that will support them throughout their lives.
Growing Student Engagement & Accelerating Learning
Hear from leaders in education who will help you rethink how to engage students in meaningful learning.
Leveraging Technology to Enhance Learning
In this complimentary webinar, educator and author Rachelle Dene Poth and PBL coach Maria Flaherty will share how they leverage technology to design more purposeful PBL experiences.
Supporting Authentic Learning & Differentiation Through PBL
In this webinar, Jay McTighe and Carol Ann Tomlinson will explain how UbD and Differentiated Instruction Support the Use of Authentic Performance Tasks
Defined STEM - Congress Elementary Case Study II
Congress Elementary Finds Projects to Inspire Students THE PROBLEM
Defined STEM - Congress Elementary Case Study II
Congress Elementary Finds Projects to Inspire Students The Challenge
5 Steps to Engaging Students in a Performance Task
It is no secret that student’s in today’s increasingly complex world need to be equipped with a vast range of skills to enter the workforce. Many are learning and preparing for jobs that have not even been created yet.
I made my classroom look like the real world and test scores soared
Think about the jobs in today’s economy — the ones we're supposed to prepare students for after graduation. Are employees evaluated using bubble-in tests to prove they know the ins and outs of their job?
The Power of Standards-Based Rubrics in Project-Based Learning Units
More than ten years ago, I started my career in education as a lateral entry English teacher. The concept of rubrics was an emerging one in the school district where I taught.
Building a Collaborative STEM Classroom
A high-school math teacher shares tips on building a collaborative high-school STEM classroom at the start of the school year. Let’s set the stage… It’s the first day back from summer vacation at a high school. The students
Projects that Inspire Students to Think Beyond the Classroom
An elementary school intervention teacher shares how imagining their own bakeries inspired her students to collaborate, create, and consider future careers.
Augusta County Public Schools, Virginia
Goal: To incorporate science, technology, and research skills into my writing class - specifically for my expository writing unit.
Engaging Middle Schoolers in Authentic PBL
Being part of a small and underperforming rural district, we feel the constant pressure that surrounds high stakes testing. As administrators and teachers constantly look at how we can improve state assessment scores
Tips on Customizing a Performance Task
I teach 6th graders in a very low-income area. Some of my students are somewhat familiar with technology, but for the most part, they know nothing of tech they cannot hold in their hands.
A High School Math Teacher at Camden County Schools Uses PBL to Drive Student Achievement
It’s easier than you think!” This is the advice I gave to my colleagues who were hesitant to try Project Based Learning (PBL) using the Defined Learning platform.
One District's Approach to Transitioning to an Integrated Approach Through PBL
The motto for the Westminster School District is “Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.” This motto frames the work of all-district teams, including the Department of Educational Services.
Bartlett City Schools Increases Access to STEM Experiences with Defined Learning
“Can I use this exclusively?!” When Katie MCain, the 6-12 instructional supervisor for Bartlett City Schools in Tennessee, heard this from one of her teachers, she knew the district’s plan for STEM and Project-Based Learning (PBL) was going better
North Carolina School District Gives STEM some STEAM
The data speaks for itself in Greene County, North Carolina, but it’s only part of the story. The real story comes from the district’s response to remote learning, and, most importantly, according to district leaders, the feedback
Using Defined Learning to Support Teachers with High-Quality PBL Professional Learning
When Angelina Rowden, principal at Sunrise School, says, “Our school is our community” she means both literally and figuratively. The school, which serves students in grades pre-k through 8 is 50 miles south of St. Louis
Engineering All Around: Design Challenges For Every Classroom
Have you ever traveled down the highway and noticed a giant water tower? These elevated, cylinder-shaped structures support a huge water tank that can hold over 30,000 gallons of water
Professional Development That Changed My Teaching and Inspired My Students
Educators have many options to hone their craft in the quest of becoming better teachers. Professional development (PD) opportunities include: 1) improving teachers’ content knowledge
7 Questions That Guide the Work of Inspired Teachers
I’m near the ocean where the sky is bright blue and the water is placid, but I can’t help recalling how gray, mute, and turbulent the last 15 months have been. While I spent most of that time wrestling with a book I began four years ago, the
Los Angeles Unified School District, CA
Students who attend any of LAUSD's Local District West “Option” schools have an extra...
Plainfield Community School Corporation, IN
When Superintendent Olinger discovered Defined Learning, he thought it might be just..
State Level Strategies for Engagement with STEM & PBL
[Webinar] In this webinar, you'll hear learn how the Tennessee STEM Innovation...
Richardson ISD, Texas
[Webinar] Two administrators from Richardson ISD share how Defined Learning helped...
Sunrise R-9 School District, Missouri
As instructional leader for the school, Angie Rowden's observations revealed that...
Kankakee School District, Illinois
The Superintendent of Kankakee, Dr. Genevra Walters, shares how Defined...
Camden County Schools, New Jersey
A Camden high school math teacher explains how she uses Defined Learning to drive
Crete-Monee School District, Illinois
[Webinar] Educators from Crete-Monee share how they use Defined Learning to support...
Chickasaw School District, Alabama
[Webinar] Educators from the Chickasaw school district will discuss effective ways educators...
Fallbrook Union School District, California
[2020 Webinar] The Superintendent of Fallbrook shares how Defined Learning helps them...
Wilson County Schools, Tennessee
When COVID-19 forced Wilson County Schools to adjust learning environments...
Fulton County Schools, Georgia
ulton County Schools faced some challenges getting teachers on board with STEM-based...
Prosper Independent School District, Texas
At Prosper Independent School District, the rapid growth of the district requires a constant...
Greene County Schools, North Carolina
To add some steam to their STEM program, Greene County decided to use Defined...
Norwalk Public Schools, Connecticut
To provide teachers with a launchpad for project-based learning (PBL), Norwalk...
Bartlett City Schools, Tennessee
3 years ago, Bartlett City Schools was looking for a STEM-based PBL curriculum...
Introduction to Performance Tasks by Jay McTighe
Performance tasks are essential to ensuring your students understand the concepts being taught and can apply their learning in context.
Getting Started with Project-Based Learning
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional methodology that encourages students to learn and apply knowledge and skills through an engaging experience.
Exposing Students to STEM in the Early Grades
Exposure to STEM concepts and careers should begin in elementary school when students’ natural curiosity is greatest.
Implementing Competency-Based Education in K-12
Competency-based education (CBE) lets students learn at their own pace and produce work that reflects their passions.
Empowering Students with Equitable Access to Career Experiences
Connecting what students are learning to careers not only deepens their engagement in school but also helps them make more informed choices about their future.
Guide to Meeting the Performance Expectations of the NGSS
Project-based learning (PBL) provides students with opportunities to solve real-world problems and empowers them to build the skills they need to succeed in college, career, and life.
Connecting Classrooms to Careers Through PBL
Project-based learning (PBL) provides students with opportunities to solve real-world problems and empowers them to build the skills they need to succeed in college, career, and life. In this report, three K-12 district leaders explain how they incorporate PBL into their curriculum and how you can make this successful in your school district.
Supporting Teachers in Their Shift to Project-Based Learning
This session will address these issues and provide practical tools to assist teachers in making the shift to STEM-based PBL.
Educating for Authentic Performance
Authentic project-based performance tasks help students build the “real-world” skills and transfer abilities that are needed for success in college and the workplace.