This talk will highlight the need for high quality project based learning in our schools. First I will explain what “Gold Standard PBL is and how it differs from other hands-on, but not necessarily minds-on lessons. Then I will share real life examples of how teachers have used PBL in their classrooms and how it has impacted student learning.
JoAnn Groh is the Co-Founder of the Paulo Freire Freedom Schools, innovative middle schools that uses interdisciplinary PBL as its instructional methodology and has a social justice/environmental sustainability curricular focus She is a National Facilitator for both PBLworks, the premier professional developer for PBL and the School Reform Initiative, an organization that trains educators in facilitative leadership and Critical Friends Groups. Currently JoAnn is the Director of Academics for City Center for Collaborative Learning.