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Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Project-based Learning = Teaching Through Projects That Reach
                          Rigorous Standards for Learners!

From the classroom of Molley Bruce, Hennepin Cty. Corrections

Meeting the needs of today’s adult learners is a challenging task for educators, and in this online library we share resources on project-based learning (PBL), which can be put to use across all adult education contexts and at any level of instruction.

PBL is an engaging approach that demands academic language and prepares learners for postsecondary and career transitions. It is also a way to design instruction along a challenging and engaging line of inquiry, an organizational principle emphasized in the College and Career Readiness Standards trainings that ATLAS sponsors statewide.

"Project-based instruction is particularly well suited to addressing more rigorous standards, such as the Common Core State Standards, for example, which call for writing for different tasks, purposes, and audiences. Project-based instruction also provides ways for teachers to address the skills identified as in demand for work and citizenship, such as those outlined by the Partnership for 21st-Century Skills, as it provides lots of opportunities for students to problem solve, collaborate, and think creatively."

Duke, N. K. (2015). Now is the time for project-based learning. Retrieved from:  

How to Use This Resource Library

First, learn more about project-based learning by clicking on Getting Started with PBL in the yellow box on the right!

You can learn more about project-based learning and see sample projects from local MN ABE practitioners. Some project examples are extensive, and others are quite concise and can be done in a single lesson. While these are not intended for exact replication, we hope the information, examples, and additional resources give you enough of a start to inspire you to give PBL a try in your own ABE classroom!

Have a Resource or Project to Share?

As we build this resource library, we would love to hear from you if you have something to share with your colleagues! Please email ATLAS Director Patsy Egan with your ideas.

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This library is still under construction, so watch for new resources to be posted soon!

If you are having trouble finding what you are looking for, try using the SEARCH function in the box above.