Read Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World to find out more about our vision for preparation and beginning teacher development.
About one-third of American workers are now engaged in some kind of freelance, or project-based, work. Students are graduating into a working world that encourages short-term projects or “gigs” over full-time employment. And, for those who do work in full-time jobs, they often organize their work into projects, work collaboratively in teams and solve unique and pressing problems.
We are exploring the following questions:
- What implications does this shift in our economy have on young people and the ways we design our schools? How are we preparing students for a project-based world? (See our recent publication for more).
- How can we align teacher preparation and professional learning so that it is modeled after the type of project-based learning environments we seek to create for students? How are we preparing teachers for a project-based world?
- How can leaders across sectors foster learning environments that promote equity and access in preparation for a project-based world, with longevity and at scale? How are we preparing leaders for a project-based world?
It’s a Project-Based World: A Year-Long Thought Leadership Campaign
In this year-long campaign titled “It’s a Project-Based World,” Getting Smart is exploring the economic realities of a project-based world as part of the equity movement to ensure all students are prepared for college, career and citizenship. The purpose of this project is to promote equity and access to deeper learning outcomes for all students. We are cultivating a blog series exploring topics around the preparation of students, teachers and leaders for a project-based world. In addition to the blog series, the campaign includes podcast interviews, publications, infographics and speaking engagements.
We are currently accepting guest blogs with a focus on developing school and system leaders. The driving question of this work is: How can we best prepare leaders so that they foster learning environments that promote equity and access in preparation for a project-based world, with longevity and at scale?
Specifically we are seeking contributions that address the following questions:
- Preparation: What are examples of organizations or groups that are already preparing leaders for a project-based world? How can we better prepare leaders? What does/should it look like?
- Practices: What makes a prepared leader in a project-based world? What are the characteristics or qualities?
- Proof/Examples: Show us, tell us or write about the PBL prepared leaders you know of (or are yourself) and how their PBL work has made a positive impact.
- Student Voice. Note: We welcome guest submissions by students. Describe an amazing project you worked on or completed. Share a driving question you have for your next project. Or, come up with your own idea to share for a PBL blog submission! We would love resources, photos and stories for students, by students.
- It’s a #ProjectBased World. #Teachers, write a blog or tweet a photo of a project w/ @Getting_Smart http://bit.ly/2c0Jixv
- @Getting_Smart exploring the importance of preparing teachers #projectbased world http://bit.ly/2c0Jixv
- The world we’re living in is #projectbased. Contribute a picture, project or blog w/ @Getting_Smart #ProjectBased http://bit.ly/2c0Jixv
Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World
In the paper Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World, Emily Liebtag and Tom Vander Ark explore how teacher preparation and professional learning can be aligned to–and modeled after–the types of deeper learning environments we also seek to create for students.
Preparing Students for a Project-Based World
Preparing Students for a Project-Based World by Bonnie Lathram, Bob Lenz and Tom Vander Ark explores economic realities, equity, student engagement and instructional and school design in the preparation of all students for college, career and citizenship. There is also a quick start guide for students to get started with projects today.
For more, see our latest articles on the project and track the conversation at #ProjectBased.
- 5 Professional Learning Practices for PBL
- Taking PBL One Step At A Time
- Back to School: A Time to Thrive
- What Is Our World’s Greatest Challenge?
- Preparing Teachers for Project-Based Learning
- Teachers – Designers and Architects of Meaningful Student Learning Experiences
- 3 Teacher Tips for the PBL Paradigm Shift
- Teaching is a Project-Based Profession: 10 PBL Teacher Mindsets
- Project-Based Teaching: The Untamed Spaces of Innovation
- It’s Not Just About the Projects
- How Project-Based Learning Prepares Youth for Freelance Nation
- Project-Based Learning Models the Work World
- What’s Next? Personalized, Project-Based Learning
- Building Better Teams for Project-Based Work
- How to Avoid the Free Rider Problem in Teams
- How Project-Based Learning Fosters Community Change
- 5 PBL Power Examples: Muppets, Makers and More
- Reflection versus Critique in a PBL Classroom
- 10 Teacher Moves to Build Support in a PBL Classroom
- 3 Tips for Planning Authentic PBL Projects
- 4 Ways to Promote Growth Mindset in Project-Based Learning
- Welcome to a Project-Based World (A 5 Minute Commencement Speech)
- 17 Teacher Tech Tools for High Quality Project-Based Learning
Media: Interviews, Podcasts and Videos
Superintendent Patricia Deklotz shared with the Getting Smart team how she is working to prepare teachers in the Kettle Moraine School District
Drew Perkins, Director of PD at TeachThought and PBL enthusiast, chatted with Getting Smart about student-centered learning and ideas for how to best prepare teachers for this work.
The Getting Smart podcast features students and educators from Bulldog Tech.
Bonnie Lathram was interviewed on Education Talk Radio on August 31, 2016 with Larry Jacobs.
The Getting Smart podcast features Students and Parents of Project-Based Learning.
Bonnie Lathram was interviewed on Education Innovations Radio with Paula Lazor.
The Getting Smart podcast features student projects and teachers from Highline School District.
Tom Vander Ark offers a five minute commencement speech from June 2016.