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March 12, 2015
4 Truths About Effective PBL Leadership

by Jennifer Cruz
Director of Implementation

Originally posted by Getting Smart.

At the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) we get many calls from site and district leaders asking how to create a school system organized for effective Project Based Learning (PBL). We partner with those who are willing and able to engage with us for a multi-year PBL implementation effort. BIE’s systemic partnership coaches support leaders as they progress on their PBL journey. After years of this work across the United States and around the world, we have discovered some key truths about highly effective PBL leadership.

The most effective leaders begin with why.

I was recently at a school with exceptional performance on high stakes tests. While exploring whether to commit to PBL, they struggled to reconcile changing their teaching practices with their current success by traditional measures. What happens if teachers try something new and...

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