The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is recognized for setting the Gold Standard for high-quality project-based learning (PBL).

The Getting Smart team is supporting a coalition of over 100 organizations and people to create guidelines for high-quality PBL. At a recent steering committee meeting, we had the chance to speak with ten EdLeaders about the benefits of project-based learning and the challenges to more high-quality PBL at scale for this podcast:

The people featured in this podcast are on the steering committee and represent a fraction of the organizations involved in this collaborative project. They are:

  1. Rick Lear, formerly of New Tech Network, Buck facilitator
  2. Kaleb Rashad (@kalebrashad), High Tech High
  3. John Larmer (@JohnLBIE), BIE
  4. Michelle Armstrong, (@PMIEF), PMI Educational Foundation
  5. Tony Jackson, (@AsiaSociety), Asia Society
  6. Megan Pacheco (@NewTechNetwork), New Tech Network
  7. Rebecca Wolfe (@@rewolfeJFF), Jobs for the Future
  8. Annmarie Baines (@annmariebaines), Lucas Education
  9. Valerie Greenhill (@@val_green), EdLeader21
  10. Jessica Wood (@ELEducation), EL Education


Andy Calkins of Next Generation Learning Challenges summarized the need: “The risk is that America will do a lot of project-oriented learning — high on engagement and not much else — and congratulate itself, leaving most of the value of richly and complexly built-out PBL on the table.”

You can help. Share your ideas about what’s working and what could improve with #PBL[email protected]_Smart and @BIEpbl on Twitter. We are also accepting guest blogs about high-quality PBL. Please email [email protected] with the title PBL to submit a post and see our guest posting policies.

For more, see:

This podcast and blog are part of the High-Quality PBL project. This project is supported by Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. For more, see and follow @BIEpbl for all the latest news and resources on high-quality project-based learning and use hashtag #ProjectBased or #PBL.

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