Leader Virtuoso Unit 3:
Project-Based Learning

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  • Welcome to the Administrative incarnation of the Project-Based Learning Classroom. This abridged course will expose you to the integral concepts and principles that make the Project-Based model so absolutely effective. I advise you to keep detailed notes and download important documents in a well labeled and clearly located folder for later access. To quickly evaluate all of the necessary elements of a successful unit we will be analyzing the Project-Based model through the lens of the final assessment Rubric found here.
  • Your first task will be to procure this book, Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry from Susie Boss and Jane Krauss. This book is also available for loan through the TIE members library found here.
  • The first thing you will need to do is watch this video from The Buck Institute for Education. This will provide you with some very general information regarding the Project-Based Model. This is your framework that will support future learning about the Project-Based approach.
  • The next step will be to read through Chapter 4, pgs 33 - 38, from the book Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry.
  • Read through this article to familiarize yourself with the typical pitfalls and hazards that present themselves in the first years of a Project-Based implementation. 



  1. After watching the video found here, prepare a 1 paragraph argument that could be presented to your staff in defense of initiating a Project-Based approach based on the major elements presented in the video  Email the paragraph to your instructor.
  2. After reading the article on typical Project-Based implementation pitfalls, provide your instructor a one paragraph summation detailing the common pitfalls of first year Project-Based implementation.
  3. A solid, stable, user friendly LMS is a critical element of Project-Based Success. After reviewing the information on Edmodo found here, write a single paragraph proposal detailing the rationalization for your LMS selection, and email to your instructor.