Project-Based Learning (PBL) teaches skills that matter (critical thinking, communication, processing and analyzing information, self-awareness, problem-solving, navigating systems, adaptability and willingness to learn, respecting differences and diversity, and interpersonal skills) while teaching content skills in a real-world context.

These steps are one way to use a Project-Based Learning Plan:

  • Step 1: The teacher introduces the Project-Based Learning unit by sharing the theme and Driving Question.
  • Step 2: The teacher shares the product options (a plan, presentation, graph, video, etc.) and schedule with the learners.
  • Step 3: With student input, the teacher facilitates activities from the resource list that give students more information about the content needed to create a product that answers an aspect of the Driving Question. The teacher provides resources for the class, individuals, or groups that either support learning the content or support the inquiry process.
  • Step 4: Learners complete their project and publish or present their work publicly.
  • Step 5: The teacher and students reflect and assess their products and the process.

We've compiled some ready-to-go materials to help you get started with PBL. 

Topic Area
ADEI (anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion)
Curriculum Development
ESOL/English Learners
High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED)
Learning Disabilities / Differences
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
Media Type
Resource Type
PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Action Type