PBL Handbooks: Creating Projects to Ignite Learning for Every Student

New! Are you a K-12 teacher, excited about Project Based Learning? Get a practical guide to PBL.

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Choose a handbook to be your go-to guide as a PBL teacher...

In these two new handbooks, written by PBL experts and classroom teachers, you’ll learn how to design high-quality projects and implement them effectively.


Project Based Learning Handbook
for Elementary School

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Project Based Learning Handbook
for Middle & High School

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Creating Projects to Ignite Learning for Every Student

Our guidance is based on the PBLWorks model for Gold Standard PBL, including the Essential Project Design Elements and Project Based Teaching Practices.

What's inside...

The Table of Contents for each handbook follows the Project Based Teaching Practices.

  • Designing and Planning a Project
  • Aligning to Standards
  • Building the Culture
  • Managing Activities
  • Assessing Student Learning
  • Scaffolding Student Learning
  • Engaging and Coaching Students

And here's what else you can expect...

✔ An overview of the what and why of PBL, your role as a PBL teacher, and the latest research findings
✔ Why PBL aligns with social-emotional learning and educational equity
✔ Examples of grade-specific projects, in various subject areas
✔ PBL Pro Tips, with advice from veteran PBL teachers
✔ Remote/hybrid learning tips, with tech tools
✔ For elementary school, guidance for teaching literacy in Project Based Learning

table of contents

PBL Handbooks

Our best thinking, all in one place.

Use the PBL Handbook as your personal guide to our favorite go-to resources and best thinking on Project Based Learning for teachers.

You'll find more information about how to use popular resources included in the appendix:


The PBL Handbook for Elementary School also includes two anchor projects. Download the completed project planners here: Ready for Anything (pdf) and Community Heroes (pdf).

Looking for practical guidance on PBL? This is for you.

PBL Handbook for Elementary School

Project Based Learning Handbook
for Elementary School

Buy now – $29.95

PBL Handbook for Middle and High School

Project Based Learning Handbook
for Middle & High School

Buy now – $29.95