Project Management: An Essential Skill for Students

Janice Walton recently wrote a piece for Getting Smart, focused on the need for students to practice and apply Project Management skills in the K-12 classroom. She writes:

One of the keys to successfully integrating a project-based learning experience into the classroom is project management. A teacher first must effectively plan for and manage the design of the PBL lesson and students then, in turn, manage themselves and their work. So what exactly do we mean when we say, “project management”? The leading project management experts, Project Management Institute (PMI), define project management as “the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.” PMI strongly believes in project management’s place in education and brings project management to teachers and students through the work of the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF).

The future of work is going to necessitate that individuals know how to manage a multitude of projects, so it makes sense for students to learn this valuable skill while in school rather than at their first job. The High Quality Project Based Learning Framework (HQPBL), which PMIEF helped fund, recognizes project management’s importance and includes it as one of the six criteria for HQPBL.

Teachers interested in monitoring and assessing students’ use of project management can use a new assessment guide created by the New Tech Network.

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