Project Based Learning (PBL) has the power and potential to transform the culture of a school community. At Cabot School, we are building the next generation of a project-based learning pedagogy: rigorous, real-world, collaborative, interdisciplinary experiences infused with the arts and informed by social-action. Our design process leverages these elements to provoke inquiry and fuel the creation of authentic products that are relevant to students and have meaning in our world.
Our approach to PBL is modeled after the work of High Tech High, Expeditionary Learning Schools and The Buck Institute for Education (BIE). This model emphasizes sustained inquiry through collaborative group work guided by relevant and compelling driving questions, while also developing 21st century skills.
Cabot School's approach to High Quality PBL includes the following Essential Elements. Links provide specific examples from Cabot or models that we aspire to incorporate into our teaching and learning environment.
LaunchPad: A web app to support teachers and students in designing high quality, personalized learning experiences and curricula.
Powerful and holistic assessment
6As of Project Based Learning (Adria Steinberg)
Buck Institute 8 Essential Elements of PBL
CORE VALUE : : GLOBAL BEST PRACTICE
HIGH QUALITY PBL
Continuous improvement of our High Quality PBL practice will leverage Cabot's ability to address these Global Best Practices:
1.4 Standards Based Education
1.5 Assessment Practices
2.2. School Culture
2.3 Multiple Pathways
2.7 Data Systems + Applications