Project-Based Learning

First-Year iLEAD AV Facilitator Inspires 5th and 6th Graders with Real-World Learning
e of the many aspects of sound project-based learning, as well as good instruction in general, is the idea of application. This is about allowing...
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How the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Can Transform Education
Educators have often based curriculum on a set of standards. In recent years, we've seen iterations from Common Core Standards to the Next Gen Science...
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Colorado SKIES Academy’s Exploratorium Facilitator Holly Pierce Inspires Learner-Led Projects
A couple of years ago, veteran K-8 educator Holly Pierce was thinking about leaving the profession. Fast-forward to today, and not only has Pierce not...
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Empower Generations Learners Partner with Local Entrepreneurs
When learners adopt and embrace an entrepreneurial mind-set, they develop a way of thinking that empowers them to overcome challenges, be decisive and accept responsibility...
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Alaka’i O Kaua’i 3rd Graders Protect Oceans through Project-Based Learning
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, our oceans cover 70 percent of our planet. Oceans affect our weather, air, food and all life on...
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DreamUp Learners Prepare for Experiment Launch to International Space Station
DreamUp To Space is an exciting multiphase project that pushes the boundaries of how kids look at Earth and our universe by empowering them to...
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See What’s Cooking at iLEAD Agua Dulce!
Famous restaurateur Guy Fieri once said, “Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment and creativity.” The...
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iLEAD Lancaster 7th Graders Propose Inclusive Playground Redesign
In project-based learning, learners identify a real-world challenge and work to offer solutions. Sometimes there is no better real-world learning opportunity than the one in...
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Vidya Community High School Focuses on Being Life Ready
High schools are shifting more focus to learner outcomes and graduate profiles, using terms like "college-and-career ready" and "future ready." But at Vidya Community High...
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SCVi Inspires Learners with Imagineering Project
Disneyland and Walt Disney World are world famous in part because of their attention to detail. The mission of the Walt Disney Company is to...
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iLEAD Lancaster Challenges Learners through Power of Black History
In this historic moment, we are collectively experiencing heightened awareness and discussion of race and racism and simultaneously seeing a rise in young people's civic...
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Space Matters: How Classroom & School Design Can Enhance Deeper Learning
Project-based learning (PBL) thrives with excellent pedagogy, culture, technology, partnerships and physical spaces. Yes, spaces can inspire and energize the learning journey when designed with...
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Women’s History Month Call to Action for iLEAD AV 5th-6th Graders
Today is International Women's Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It has also come to represent an...
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Project-Based Learning: The Perfect Fit for Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education experts often deal with the misperception that younger learners face barriers to deeper learning or high-skilled activities. According to Wendy Ruiz, director...
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A New PBL Facilitator’s Real-Time Reflections
Educators who are motivated to improve their instructional skills embark on a lifelong journey of hard work and reflection. At Empower Generations, facilitator Susan Miller...
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iLEAD Antelope Valley 2nd Graders Design Businesses to Meet Community Needs
Around the world, a dynamic discussion is taking place. Many people are working to identify and nurture the skills students will need to be successful...
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iLEAD Online Science Facilitator Offers Innovative, Personalized Project-Based Learning
The worlds of advanced placement and project-based learning have not always aligned well. Indeed, many have argued that they are often the antithetical to one...
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SCVi Math Facilitator Increases Engagement, Collaboration with Virtual Escape Room
Engaging learners in math problem-solving can be difficult. Many educators have turned to challenges and games to increase participation. At SCVi Charter School, 7th grade...
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iLEAD Antelope Valley 3rd Graders Take on HEAL Project for Lifelong Health and Wellness
iLEAD Antelope Valley 3rd grade facilitators Trish Bogna and Trista Baham launched the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Project this year to educate their learners...
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iLEAD Agua Dulce 8th Graders Launch Podcast to Challenge Broken Laws
iLEAD Agua Dulce 8th grade facilitators Ally Benedetti and Deja Munn challenged their learners to change or propose a new local, state or federal law....
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iLEAD Lancaster 3rd Grade Team Models High-Level Collaboration
Collaboration drives productivity and fosters healthy relationships, motivation and engagement. For the 3rd Grade Team at iLEAD Lancaster — Zenaida Morales, Lara Lim and Francesca...
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SCVi’s New Dual Immersion Program Transforms Learner Experiences
There are two things that are well documented when it comes to second-language acquisition. First, we learn languages better the younger we start. Second, we...
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7 Valuable Community Partners for Successful Project-Based Learning
Successful project-based learning has many foundational elements. It (1) addresses real-world problems or challenges, (2) takes the learners’ work public, (3) creates options for voice...
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iLEAD and Maker Learning Network Launch Badging System to Recognize Professional Learning
All professions emphasize ongoing learning, training and growth. For years, many occupations have had certifications, credentials or licenses to formally signify levels of mastery, competency...
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Alakaʻi O Kauaʻi Charter School Celebrates Growth and Potential
By Michael Niehoff Education Content Coordinator, iLEAD Schools Now in its third year, Alakaʻi O Kauaʻi Charter School — which translates to iLEAD Kauai —...
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iLEAD Facilitator Ingrid Moon Inspires Deeper Learning through the Sciences
Every teacher you meet will be able to argue why their core subject is foundational to success in life. Ingrid Moon, facilitator of IB Biology...
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Lessons for PBL Educators from the Food Truck Phenomenon
Before the pandemic, food trucks were all the rage. Now, with restricted indoor dining options, food trucks are gaining even more popularity. Just as food...
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iLEAD Agua Dulce Spreads the Joy of Toys in School-Wide Project
In an effort to engage in the universality and power of play, iLEAD Agua Dulce has embarked on an ambitious school-wide project to answer the...
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Colorado SKIES Academy Launches 2020-21 School Year with School-Wide Project
At Colorado SKIES Academy, an aviation/aerospace-focused middle school, learners and facilitators have launched powerful, school-wide projects as the fall semester 2020 begins.  School-Wide and Cross-Curricular...
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4 Ways to Produce High-Quality Presentations of Learning
Presentations have been a part of classrooms everywhere for centuries. In elementary school, you may have read book reports or short stories from the front...
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iLEAD’s DreamUp Missions Rise to Virtual Challenges to Empower Learners
Around the world, facilitators of project-based learning have experienced the impact of the global pandemic. Some projects don’t translate as well virtually, but some don’t...
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Modeling Distance Learning Through Camp Make: A Virtual Success
All projects have an entry event or launch. The project of the 2020-2021 school year just launched with Camp Make, the pre-service and year-long professional learning...
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New iLEAD Facilitators Voice Their Excitement for the School Year
Each school year brings lots of new things. We have new learners, families, projects, resources, technology and more. But one of the most exciting things...
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New Facilitators, New Voices at iLEAD Schools
Each school year brings lots of new things. We have new learners, families, projects, resources, technology and more. But one of the most exciting things...
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Camp Make Redefines Professional Learning, Especially in Virtual Spaces
Traditionally, teachers all over the country gather before school starts for pre-service professional development. For some, this can be one or two days. For others,...
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4 Ways Project-Based Learning Prepares Kids for the Future of Work
With increasing globalization, artificial intelligence, new technologies and a growing gig economy, our kids are entering an ever-changing world that will require adaptability, creativity, flexibility,...
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8 Ways to Make Student Work Authentic (Part 2)
Both learners and facilitators want their ‘why’ to be an integral part of the learning process. Authentic learning can make learning real and optimal for...
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8 Ways to Make Student Work Authentic (Part 1)
In the middle of a school lesson, a student asks, “When am I ever going to use this?” Since the advent of formal education, it’s...
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iLEAD-SCVi Seniors Share Learning, Reflections in Senior Defense Presentations
One of the greatest forms of higher-order thinking and learning is metacognition — or thinking about thinking. This includes planning, monitoring and assessing one's understanding...
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iLEAD’s Weekly Radio Show Highlights Learning, Supports Community Needs
In project-based learning at iLEAD Schools, learners regularly showcase and present their work publicly. iLEAD staff members also model the importance of taking their work...
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High-Quality Projects Continue in Virtual Environments
Inspired learning at iLEAD Schools continues online using digital tools, resources, and environments. iLEAD learners at all sites and programs are producing and publicly sharing...
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DreamUp Offers iLEAD Learners an Out-of-This-World Experience
Recently, dozens of learners from various iLEAD schools (iLEAD Lancaster, iLEAD Agua Dulce and iLEAD-SCVi) experienced an out-of-this-world opportunity. Selected from over 200 teams, the...
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Why Presentations of Learning Are Foundational to iLEAD Culture
One of the first terms iLEAD newcomers learn is POL. This stands for Presentation of Learning, a foundational element of project-based learning at the network...
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iLEAD Learners Lead with ‘The Why’
In the ever-changing worlds of education, business, politics and culture, a few themes resonate about what makes things work, what motivates us toward solutions and...
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Empower Generations Incorporates Competency-Based Approaches for Greater Skill Mastery and Personalization
Since formal education has existed, we have often wrestled with what the goals or outcomes are supposed to be and how we know if our...
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Leading the Way in Two PBLs: Project-Based Learning and Play-Based Learning
By Michael Niehoff Education Content Coordinator, iLEAD Schools As project-based learning practitioners, some facilitators may still be in recovery from the years focused on the...
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Holding the Parents’ Hand(book): a PBL Intro (by Ingrid Moon, iLEAD Facilitator)
You’ve probably heard enough about project-based learning (PBL) that it enticed you to give it a try. You heard from a friend how amazing the...
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