Recent data shows that students on project based learning programs are more engaged and sometimes more successful than their peers.
Cedar Rapids schools implemented a wide range of project based learning last year. The programs allow students to learn traditional subjects for a portion of the day through community projects and business activities instead of classroom based learning.
Associate superintendent Trace Pickering says that the idea is to ignite passion for learning in students by giving them more freedom with their projects, and enable them to retain more information. The idea is supported by preliminary test scores and survey data.
Preliminary test score and survey data seem to support that argument.
Students heard pitches for potential projects this week, from business and community organizations. Pitches were competitive as the school has received more of them this year than last year.