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Sustainable Project-Based Learning

Five Steps for Designing Authentic Classroom Experiences in Grades 5–12

By: Brad Sever

Foreword by: Suzie Boss

Learn how to design, implement, and assess engaging sustainable project-based learning (SPBL) units while ensuring students gain surface-, deep-, and transfer-level knowledge. Author Brad Sever offers a five-step process that partners academic growth with social-emotional skill development.

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Sustainable Project-Based Learning

This essential guide shares a five-step process for designing, implementing, and assessing sustainable project-based learning (SPBL) units while ensuring students gain surface-, deep-, and transfer-level knowledge. Brad Sever draws from his daily work as a practitioner to deliver practical strategies for creating meaningful learning experiences that join academic growth with social-emotional skill development—all supported by the power of professional learning communities.

Use this book to help increase authentic learning for your students:

  • Learn the benefits of project-based learning (PBL) and social-emotional learning (SEL) to student growth and academic achievement.
  • Access a five-step process for planning, integrating, and sustaining a comprehensive SPBL framework in your curriculum.
  • Receive reproducible tools and templates you can use independently or collaboratively to maximize student engagement and learning.
  • Reflect with end-of-chapter questions to enhance your understanding of the content.
  • Understand how to promote transfer learning skills through connections to real-world experiences.
  • Related Topics

    21st Century SkillsInstructionSocial-Emotional LearningStudent Engagement


    Additional Information

    Product Code: BKG012, EKF574

    ISBN: 9781952812330

    Published By: Solution Tree

“In Sustainable Project-Based Learning, author Brad Sever provides one of the most practical guides to not only implementing PBL, but also addressing the common considerations for leaders and coaches in sustaining this pedagogical approach over the long term. Using his wealth of experience in the field, Sever provides strong reasoning and examples to build teacher expertise in developing rigorous and sustainable PBL units.”

Gavin Hays, head of contemporary learning and research, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

“Bravo to PBL thought leader Brad Sever for his significant contribution to the evolving PBL pedagogy and evidence base in his book, Sustainable Project-Based Learning. Sever’s innovative approach to achieve sustainable PBL empowers teacher teams to partner with learners and their families to solve key problems of practice that decrease opportunity gaps through teacher-driven action research and collaborative inquiry. . . . Every teacher and school leader should have this resource to guide them on their way to sustainable PBL.”

Paul Bloomberg, bestselling coauthor, Leading Impact Teams: Building a Culture of Efficacy; co-founder, The Core Collaborative Learning Network; board member, National Parents Union (NPU)

“Brad Sever is emerging as one of the top educational minds in project-based learning (PBL). In Sustainable Project-Based Learning, he makes PBL real and easily applicable for both teachers and students. Sever shows educators how to engage stakeholders in the PBL process and masterfully develops the much-needed connections between PBL and social-emotional learning into a comprehensive how-to guide that schools can use to effectively implement PBL to ensure sustainability.”

Craig McCaffrey, principal, Noblesville High School, Noblesville, Indiana

“I’ve seen almost every book there is about project-based learning, and Brad Sever has added extremely valuable insights to the body of work in his book, Sustainable Project-Based Learning. Sever has extensive experience in the PBL trenches as a teacher, school leader, and professional development provider. In this valuable resource, he offers practical tools and actionable strategies for teachers and schools, whether they’re novices or veterans of PBL.”

John Larmer, senior PBL advisor, Defined Learning; former editor in chief, PBLWorks

“Take heed of Brad Sever’s advice in Sustainable Project-Based Learning, and you’ll be able to implement project-based learning that strikes at the very heart of advancing student academic learning, social-emotional well-being, and collective teacher efficacy. This important resource helps educators synthesize the latest research and practice and ensure project-based learning is actionable and sustainable in their school.”

Michael McDowell, superintendent and author

“In Sustainable Project-Based Learning, author Brad Sever’s approach to systemic sustainability of PBL provides insight school leaders can use to ensure high-quality instructional practices stick without overwhelming teachers. His approach provides a framework for successful implementation while supporting teacher autonomy and creativity. This resource brings together the best in research and resources and is a must-read for anyone trying to provide authentic learning experiences for students.”

Sherri Kulpa, chief academic officer, EducationPlus

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