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Project-based learning can feel overwhelming. It can seem like an entire transformation in your teaching practice. However, it doesn’t have to require a massive overhaul. Often, it’s more like an evolution. In my latest podcast episode, I interview Dr. Melissa Deutsch about her PBL journey. She addresses key concerns and common myths about PBL implementation. Dr. Deutsch has the unique perspective of using PBL in vastly different contexts as well. She also has research experience and leadership experience that shape her unique perspective.

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About Dr. Melissa Deutsch

In her own words:

This marks my 19th year in education! During my career, I’ve been a 5th grade classroom teacher, instructional coach, Project-Based Learning specialist, PK-12 Curriculum Coordinator, and Director of Instruction. Through leadership work. Through leadership work in best instructional practices, standards-based curriculum and assessment alignment, and learning environments that empower all students, we will continue striving to ensure high levels of student engagement and achievement.

I received my Undergraduate Degree from UW-LaCrosse, a Masters Degree in Education from Viterbo University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College.

My husband and I have two young children. I spend much of my free time in nature on hiking trails. I spend time each summer climbing mountains in Colorado. So far, I’ve climbed nine of the Colorado “14ers” (peaks that exceed 14,000 feet). I also enjoy reading historical books, going on adventures with my family and finding quiet spaces to enjoy a cup of coffee.

It was an honor to have her on my podcast! I hope you enjoy!

Getting Started with PBL

If you’re interested in getting started with project-based learning, check out my Getting Started with PBL page, complete with articles, videos, and resources. You might also want to check out my PBL toolkit with a free PDF overview of PBL, along with sample structures and strategies you can use in your PBL journey. There are even a few free projects you can use! Just sign up below! You might also want to check out my brand new Getting Started with PBL self-paced course or my newly updated PBL Master Course.

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John Spencer

My goal is simple. I want to make something each day. Sometimes I make things. Sometimes I make a difference. On a good day, I get to do both.More about me


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