PBL Info for Parents and Community

Last Updated: 7/21/2020 4:16 PM

1. What is PBL?

PBL, or project-based learning, is an inquiry-based teaching and learning method. Students choose a complex question or problem to answer, and then work toward solutions. These topics are often real-world based, addressing issues in the school, community, or on a larger scale. Project-based learning is hands-on, student-driven and engaging.

2. Why use PBL in Yellow Springs Schools?
Project-Based Learning has been proved to help students develop skills that align with the values of the Yellow Springs community. Students learn to be collaborative, critical thinkers, and agents of change. Through project-based learning, students practice skills that will help them to be leaders and to make an impact on their community locally, nationally and globally.

3. How does PBL work?

PBL is learning through doing. It involves engaging students with authentic problems. It requires students to be given an opportunity and the support to explore the problem and identify solutions or answers. Next students create, critique, revise, and reflect upon their answers, ideas, or products. Finally, student learning, and any evidence of that learning is made public in an exhibition of some kind.

4. Do students still learn content standards with PBL?

Within project-based learning, our teachers still cover all the required content standards with students. and Students learn the important concepts that make up any education, like literacy, math, science, social studies, fine arts, foreign languages, and other subjects.

Additional Info

What is PBL?

The Buck Institute, a leader in the field of project-based learning, answers the question.

PBL Explained (Video)

A brief video offers engaging insight into PBL.

PBL at High Tech High (Video)

High Tech High is a pioneer in the pedagogy of PBL. Learn all about their journey in this 15 minute video.

High School PBL: Save the Beach (Video)

This moving five minute video gets to the heart of PBL.

Middle School PBL: Gender Roles (Video)

This 9 minute video shows how PBL incorporates the arts as middle school students work on the art installation.

Elementary PBL: Kindergarten Harvest

A short video gives you a glimpse into PBL in a kindergarten classroom.

Elementary PBL: Worms to Wall Street (Video)

PBL engages students at every grade, as demonstrated in this seven minute video about a 1st grade project.

Expeditionary Learning

A K-12 Model for PBL

New Tech Network

A model organization for PBL

International Studies Schools Network

A PBL Model with an international focus

PBL Outcomes

Edutopia reviews the research on PBL Learning Outcomes

PBL Research

BIE provides additional research on PBL.