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English Language Learner KnowledgeBase for Administrators & Teachers

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The English Language Learner (ELL) KnowledgeBase for Administrators and Teachers is an online resource supporting both the administration, teaching and execution of programs for English learning students. It offers resources related to Office for Civil Rights (OCR) requirements and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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An Example of PBL in Early Elementary: How I Started

This May 2015 article by Mreddick, shares the steps in her journey when she started to convert their fantastic unit into a PBL experience.

Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

This website archives this September 2010 Educational Leadership article that as educators with the Buck Institute for Education, they provide professional development to help schools set up a sustained program of in-depth project-based learning throughout a district, network, or state. In their work with teachers, they have identified seven essential elements of meaningful projects.

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Project-Based Learning: Benefits, Examples, and Resources

This June 2018 Schoology Exchange blog states Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional approach designed to give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through engaging projects set around challenges and problems they may face in the real world. Further, the author offers that Project-Based Learning, or PBL, is more than just projects. As the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) explains, with PBL students "investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex problem, or challenge" with deep and sustained attention. ArchForKids LLC put it even more succinctly: PBL is "learning by doing."  This blog also offers 'Essential Elements' (7 characteristics), benefits, challenges, examples, and lesson plans of Project-Based Learning.


What is PBL (Project-Based Learning)?

This PBLworks website states PBL prepares students for academic, personal, and career success, and readies young people to rise to the challenges of their lives and the world they will inherit. offers research, projects and resources; as well as a series of 7 to 10 minute videos they feel present the Gold Standard PBL model in action, capturing the nuts and bolts of a PBL unit from beginning to end.


Project-Based Learning (Edutopia)

This website defines Project-Based Learning (PBL) as a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge. This website offers tools and videos exploring PBL.

Project-Based Learning Videos

This Bing search offers numerous videos about Project-Based Learning including: Units, Rap, Elementary School, How-To, Charter Schools, and more.

Teaching in Education: Project-Based Learning Video

This Teaching in Education video explores Project-Based Learning (PBL): Why, How, and Examples.



7 Examples of Project-Based Learning Activities

This October 2017 Tech EdVocate article, by Matthew Lynch, features seven examples of Project-Based Learning activities, and a few great ideas to get you started.

What Project-Based Learning Looks Like in Math

This Teach Thought website features Janet Pinto's June 2019 article about what project-based learning looks like in mathematics at Curriki High School.  Curriki’s new Project-based Learning (PBL) high school Geometry course is now available. For so many students, it’s difficult to make a real-life connection between math and their everyday lives. By adopting a Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach, students learn that geometry is not only theoretical, but practical and necessary. This free Geometry course not only leverages the popular PBL “active” approach but is also aligned to Common Core State Standards

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