Program implications

Implementing effective project-based learning calls for a dynamic and supportive organizational program. Individuals and teacher teams should have consistent professional development as well as opportunities to explore their own interests and passions; students, in turn, will find their enthusiasm contagious. Schedules should provide common teacher planning time for teams integrated across disciplines. Frequent sharing and feedback cycles should allow evaluation of progress, helping to define effective techniques and areas for improvement, as well as revisiting best practices for successful projects. Teachers should have time and resources to reach beyond school walls to engage professional partners in the community to mentor, advise, and assist with student projects.