Project-based learning (PBL)

Project-based learning

Project-based learning is a student-centered approach to student engagement and empowerment. Students choose a driving question they want to answer, then work collaboratively to construct a solution. Students focus for an extended period of time on their solution, then present it to real-world stakeholders.

project-based learning in a middle school classroom

Why project-based learning?

We believe project-based learning, or PBL, is one of the most powerful learning experiences available to students. PBL empowers students by giving them the opportunity to collaborate on having a real-world impact. Young adolescents crave the ability to make adult-sized impacts on the world.

#ready2launch project-based learning

And you’ll be amazed at the ways project-based learning can help shape a student-centered learning community in your classroom, on your team and in your school.


How do I get started with project-based learning?

Educator and author Katy Farber has put together the ultimate guide to getting started: Get on The PBL Highway.

PBL Highway




What does real-world project-based learning look like?

real world project-based learning

Take a deep dive into PBL with these examples from around Vermont.





I’m a huge fan of PBL. How do I take PBL to the next level with my students?

take project-based learning to the next level

We’re glad you asked. Take a look at these eight ways to deepen, broaden and enhance your existing PBL practices. Head for PBL 2.0.













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