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New ASCD Publication Sets New Standards for Project Based Learning

Alexandria, Va. — ASCD released a new professional development publication, Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning: A Proven Approach to Rigorous Classroom Instruction, that explores project based learning and how to fully prepare students for college and career. Copublished with the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), this book provides a step-by-step process for how to create, implement, and assess projects that meet state standards, increase students’ motivation to learn, and offer a more satisfying experience for teachers.

Authors John Larmer, John Mergendoller, and Suzie Boss showcase a classroom-tested framework for the highest quality of project based learning, referred to as Gold Standard Project Based Learning. When teachers use this comprehensive, rigorous framework to plan instruction, they enable their students to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the real world, so they are better prepared for college, careers, and citizenship.

“Project based learning is gaining traction around the world, and a growing number of educators are recognizing the need for new approaches to teaching and learning in the 21st century,” said Larmer. “But projects can't just be hands-on activities, so in the book, we discuss design principles for a gold standard project—how to make it rigorous, align it to state standards, and include authenticity and student voice and choice. We want teachers to create a new standard for project based learning in their classrooms and create lasting experiences for students to excel in the real world."

The book shares examples from K–12 teachers in all content areas and offers advice on how school leaders can use project based learning in informal settings and implement the model systemwide.

Educators can order a print version of Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning: A Proven Approach to Rigorous Classroom Instruction from ASCD’s online store. ($20.95 for ASCD members; $27.95 for nonmembers)

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