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  Making Project Based Learning Work for Your District

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In late 2015, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act signaled the end of test-driven instruction. The new legislation urged districts to embrace open-ended learning activities aligned to individual student needs and granted states the ability to develop alternative assessments that test higher order thinking with synthesis activities and engaging projects.

ESSA encouraged districts to differentiate learning with classroom technology and student data. Administrators across the country have responded by leading their districts in embracing project based learning. In this video, we discuss  how districts can use PBL to help students master essential academic standards and gain the social and emotional skills needed for postsecondary success.

During this webinar recording, we cover the following topics:

  • How to differentiate project based learning to accommodate students’ unique academic needs and interests

  • Strategies for supporting teachers and students in the transition to a project based curriculum

  • Assessment results and engagement data from districts with project based learning programs

  • How web and iPad tools can help districts streamline PBL 



Justin Appold

Curriculum Designer

Justin is passionate about empowering learners through education technology. After graduating from Boston College, he joined Teach For America, where he taught low-income middle schoolers on the island of Oahu for two years. Justin’s students significantly outpaced their peers both years – something he largely attributes to properly leveraged adaptive learning software, which helped him differentiate to meet the needs of each learner. His experience in the classroom inspired him to join eSpark in 2015, where he currently designs curriculum for Frontier, the organization’s web-based learning platform. Justin is concurrently pursuing a M.Ed. at Johns Hopkins and will graduate this spring.