Empowering Students to Build Future-Ready Skills Through Career-Connected Learning
Defined Learning is an award-winning online platform that helps teachers implement high-quality project-based learning (PBL) with ease. We provide the essential project design elements including standards-based performance tasks, research resources, editable rubrics and more.
Our engaging hands-on projects are based on careers to provide deeper understanding of concepts and application of knowledge. Our platform serves as a repository of critical challenges and real-world problems for students to solve. We excite students about their futures and empower them to build the critical skills they need to succeed in college, careers, and life.
Our Evidence-Based Framework
Defined Learning’s performance tasks are built utilizing the evidence-based Understanding by Design Framework® (UbD), created by nationally recognized educators Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. UbD seeks to reimagine education for stronger student engagement through two key ideas:
- Focus on understanding and retaining knowledge rather than memorization.
- Designing curriculum “backward” from the idea of understanding to then developing a teaching format.
Dive into the UBD process and discover how it can redefine your curriculum without rewriting it.
Engaging Career-Connected Projects
Defined Learning provides K-12 career-connected learning opportunities for every student. Our tasks contain standards-aligned academic programming across all grade levels and subject areas, including Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, Arts Integration, Computer Science, Financial Literacy, and more. Each hands-on project starts off with an engaging real-world video that shows students the practical application of educational concepts within a company. Students are then asked to complete a performance task and apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world situation. Take a look!
In this task, students will explore how math and engineering play a significant role in product design. They will be measuring to ¼ inch and determining areas to help design and manufacture a backpack for a specific audience.
Wildlife Biologist: Bats
As a wildlife biologist who specializes in the study of bats, you understand the important role they play in the environment. You also know what a bad reputation they can have with the general public. You must get the public excited about having bats in the neighborhood!
Food Truck Entrepreneur
Students will create an equation and determine fuel expenses to create a fuel expense chart and will create an equation and inequality to determine profit and income for a monthly budget.
App Developer: Athletics and Body Systems
This task is focused on helping students understand how the body is composed of different interacting subsystems within one system.
Students determine the rate in relation to airplane flight data collection, graph 3 linear functions based on their data collection, and then write each in slope-intercept form.
The Forensic Entomologist task provides students with the opportunity to understand complex interactions in an ecosystem and how different types of organisms interact depending on the conditions.
Defined Learning Insights
Take a look into our project-based, standards-aligned platform to see how Defined Learning can support your school or district's goals.
Defined Learning's Impact on Student Achievement
School districts across the country are engaging students in deeper learning through Defined Learning's career-connected projects.
To learn how Defined Learning has made a positive impact on student outcomes across the country in this case study.
Additional Features & Resources
Defined Learning provides my teachers with everything they need to implement engaging performance tasks in the classroom. The hands-on projects make careers come alive for students because they can apply their classroom knowledge in a real-world setting- Dr. Genevra Walters, Superintendent of Kankakee School District, IL
I have discovered Defined Learning is a great tool to help me create relevant lessons. The supplementary curriculum provides students with research resources, videos, and project prompts that encourage students to think outside the box and put them in real-world situations.- Anthony Johnson, SW Regional & RSS District Teacher of the Year & TED-Ed Innovative Educator, Salisbury, North Carolina
The collection of performance tasks developed by Defined Learning supports the UbD framework for curriculum, instruction and assessment. Through the utilization of ‘real world’ performance tasks and related resources, teachers engage their students in meaningful learning and authentic assessment – and that is the best preparation for the world outside of school.- Jay McTighe
The Practical can be Inspiring
When students can see the real-world impact of their lessons, it inspires them to seek out knowledge and follow their interests. Education should be a springboard for the future, not an obstacle to overcome. Working together, we can encourage the next generation to rediscover their love of learning.