Buck Institute for Education partnered with CCPS to support the district in implementing PBL. BIE is a nonprofit organization, based in Novato, in Marin County, CA, just north of San Francisco. BIE provides materials, professional development, and research to promote the effective use of PBL across the U.S. and around the world. BIE also publishes the PBL Toolkit Series, short books on various topics in PBL.
Why do CCPS students need access to Project Based Learning?
In projects, students work on on authentic tasks and products, explore issues relevant to their lives, and connect with adults and organizations in the community and beyond. They see how the knowledge and skills they’re learning apply to the real world. PBL is valuable for CCPS students because it effectively teaches significant content and 21st century skills, it makes school more engaging and meaningful for students, and because the demands of college, career and citizenship require it.
In projects, students delve deeply into topics and spend time thinking about how to answer a profound question, solve problems and resolve issues. In order to successfully create and present the products required in a project, students need to gain content knowledge and use academic skills. As a result of the experience, they understand more thoroughly and retain what they learn longer. Research has proven that students in PBL classes :
Our vision is that Chesterfield County Public Schools will provide an engaging and relevant education that prepares every student to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. Project Based Learning is one of CCPS’ instructional approaches for actualizing this vision and supporting the following goals in the district’s Design for Excellence 2020:
Goal #1: All learners will acquire, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information to solve meaningful problems and to achieve success as productive, thriving global citizens.
Goal #2: All learners will demonstrate the 21st-century learning and technology skills and knowledge that will prepare them for success in school, postsecondary education, work and life in a global society.
Goal #3: Working in partnership with school and family, all students will understand, model and embrace the important attitudes and attributes necessary to be responsible global citizens.
In order to meet these strategic goals through PBL, CCPS will create Project Based Learning experiences for students to apply core knowledge, concepts, and 21st skills, within and across disciplines, to solve real world problems.
PBL is a curriculum design model and teaching methodology that frames all important CCPS initiatives. None of the CCPS initiatives exist in isolation. Rather, they are mutually supportive and all play a role towards realization of the vision. PBL isn’t just “another initiative.” It provides a common way of doing things. PBL provides: