Project Based Learning: Holliston

Holliston Public Schools proudly supports and encourages innovative, student-centered learning opportunities for our students. One powerful approach is Project Based Learning (PBL).

Project Based Learning (PBL) is “a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge” (PBLWorks).

While allowing for significant opportunities for student "voice and choice," rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice essential 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality authentic products & presentations. Students in Holliston collaborate on meaningful projects and through this process are given the opportunity to develop the real life skills required for success in today’s world.

PBLWorks (formerly the Buck Institute for Education ) is the preeminent organization in the nation for supporting teachers and schools to develop powerful Project Based Learning experiences for students. In order to assist our teachers in understanding and implementing Project Based Learning in their classrooms, teachers had the opportunity to participate in a PBL 101 workshop provided by one of PBLworks National Faculty. To learn more about PBL in our classrooms and the dynamic projects that our students have experienced, examples of PBL projects are shared below.