Reflect: Affirming the model
Having gathered data from across the school, the task force convened to again reflect upon the model.
Feedback from the middle and high school prototypers had actively supported the model. Based upon
feedback, as well as the experience conferring with teacher prototypers, the task force affirmed the
prototype model as ready for sharing with the Leadership Team as an ASB PBL Model. This completed the
first charge of the task force: to build, define, and prototype a working model and framework for PBL at
The second charge of the task force had been to grow a deeper understanding of PBL in the ASB
community. Feedback over the prototype provided strong evidence that this charge had been met. 22
teachers participated in prototyping a PBL unit during the 2013-2014 school year, representing nearly 25%
of the teachers in the school. Of this group, over three quarters reported that after prototyping, they had
moderate or a great deal of experience with PBL.
At the end of this process, we found ourselves concluding a mighty project. We had asked "How can we,
as a school, use Project Based Learning to improve student learning?" In answering that question we went
through a playful and iterative inquiry process. We knew that we had completed that process when we
moved from revising our model to affirming it. At that point we were ready to present to an authentic
The task force has made the following recommendations to the school Leadership Team:
Recommendation 1 - Implement and embed PBL as a key learning approach at ASB.
Recommendation 1. 1 - Require classroom teachers at ASB to plan, teach, and reflect on one PBL
unit during the next school year. (This work to be supported and facilitated by external PBL Experts,
school instructional leaders and internal PBL Mentors during the school year.)
Recommendation 2 - Establish comprehensive professional development on PBL to ensure successful
planning and implementation of PBL throughout ASB.
Recommendation 2. 1 - Establish and develop PBL mentors from within the faculty to support
successful planning and implementation of PBL units at each division.
Recommendation 2. 2 - Conduct PBL training for all instructional leaders (curriculum leaders,
principals, associate principals) in the fall of the next school year to establish shared depth of
understanding for implementing PBL.
Recommendation 2. 3 - Create and implement a plan for sustaining and deepening PBL practice
for a transient teaching population.
Recommendation 3 - Adopt the prototype PBL Model as ASB’s PBL Model.