Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World

gettingSmart_logoThe Getting Smart team has released Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World, a publication exploring how teacher preparation and professional learning can align to–and be modeled after–the types of deeper learning environments we seek to create for students. This publication is part of Getting Smart’s year long It’s a Project-Based World campaign.

Drawing upon the expertise and leadership of PBL educators across the country, authors Tom Vander Ark and Dr. Emily Liebtag share what an ideal preparation program and early career professional learning for teachers ought to look like if we want to develop high-quality PBL teachers. The paper focuses on pre-service preparation and the first few years of teaching and outlines what a well-prepared teacher should know and be able to do.

Questions addressed in the paper include:

Questions addressed in this paper:

  1. Why do we need to prepare teachers for PBL?
  2. What are the elements of ideal teacher preparation and professional development?
  3. What does it mean to be a PBL prepared teacher?
  4. How can we prepare and continue to develop PBL teachers?
  5. Who are examples to look to and learn from who are doing this work well?
  6. How can educators get started and what are some recommendations?

Getting Smart also released a quick start guide for teachers that gives PBL practices and suggested actions they can take.

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