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Project-Based Learning

Introduction to Project-Based Learning

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

Upon completion, you will receive a Basic Level certificate of completion.

The introduction provides an overview of project-based learning, including the benefits of authentic projects and engaging students in a process of inquiry. Learn how to design hands-on projects and move from a driving question to a culminating event to a reflection on learning.

Implementation Strategies

Estimated time to complete: 5-7 hours

Upon completion, you will receive an Advanced Level certificate of completion.

Find strategies to move project-based learning into practice, including setting project goals and keeping projects student-centered. Learn how to sustain your project over time and how to document your project’s progress.
After completing this section, you'll be able to
  • Explain components of the three phases of project-based learning.
  • Implement the steps to plan, define, implement and assess high quality project-based learning activities.
  • Use authentic resources and tools to develop and implement project-based learning activities.

Coaching My Staff

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour

Upon completion, you will receive a Leadership Level certificate of completion. 

Learn how to coach staff to effectively plan projects, engage youth, and document learning. Identify ready-to-use tools to help you in building your staff’s skills.
After completing this section you'll be able to
  • Identify primary reasons for implementing a purposeful professional learning plan.
  • Create a professional learning plan for your staff.
  • Integrate tips for coaching your staff.
  • Get started on implementing project-based learning into your program activities.


Find ready-to-use and customizable tools that can assist you in planning, implementing, and assessing your projects.

My Notebook

Project-Based Learning

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Project-Based Learning