HQPBL Case Study: Thrive Public Schools
PBL provides an opportunity for the students of Thrive Public Schools to work on authentic, real-world challenges--the kind that equip them with a practical skill set to tackle the kinds of obstacles higher education, and later, their professional lives, may very well present. (The schools, which serve students across San Diego, were designed specifically for PBL.)
The methodology is igniting enthusiasm starting in Kindergarten, where Thrive's youngest students are collaborating on intellectually challenging problems--and they're seeing real-world impact. As students advance, PBL naturally builds with greater complexity and autonomy.
Yet when educators advocate for PBL as the exclusive approach to take, CEO Nicole Assisi responds by saying 'Yes--PBL and...?' She believes that bolstering students' testing ability, vocabulary and content skills are more effectively delivered in another modality.
"If PBL isn't an integral part of their education, students won't have the passion, persistence and sense of purpose that outcomes-based PBL brings," Assisi explained. "So we understand that PBL can get students through college, but it can't be the method relied upon to gain them entry."
The complexities of supporting students' social and emotional development as well as their academic progress requires an integrated approach. In this spirit, Thrive's teachers are trained to incorporate PBL into their instruction in ways that support other methods of learning as well.
Interesting in learning how Thrive has put HQPBL into practice in its classrooms? Check out our case study for teacher-created resources, including rubrics, project cards and more.
For more, see:
- Introducing a Framework for High Quality Project Based Learning
- The Keys to High Quality PBL: Public Products and Presentations of Work
- Collaboration: Key to Successful Teams and Projects
- High Quality PBL Framework on the Horizon
- What We are Doing to Ensure High Quality PBL for All
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