Project-based learning (PBL) continues to gain momentum as a powerful approach to teaching and learning, and for good reason. Research indicates that when implemented well, PBL improves student motivation and achievement, and helps students master skills that are essential for college and career readiness.
Yet I sometimes run into teachers and administrators who question whether PBL can be used successfully with all students, which ultimately brings up a question of equity. We know that PBL can be a powerful tool to eliminate achievement gapsand help students of all backgrounds develop critical 21st-century learning skills that prepare them to thrive. But how do we ensure that PBL is accessible to all learners?