June 8-10, students in 5th through 8th grade will be asked to take the YouthTruth Student Survey. While we want to hear from all students, participation in this survey is voluntary. If you prefer your child not to take the survey, please e-mail your child’s classroom teacher or principal. For more information and how to opt out, read this story.
Project-based learning is one of the best ways to teach students 21st century skills. It promotes deeper engagement in the content while also teaching skills such as communication, collaboration and teamwork. But a good PBL program only works if the school or district invests in targeted, sustained professional development.
Our school, Katherine Smith Elementary School in California adopted a PBL program six years ago. It was a massive overhaul for us. The program focuses on six principles: Think, Learn, Work, Communicate, Collaborate and Contribute. [Read more]