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Project-Based Learning+, Grades 6-12

Enhancing Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
By: Jorge Valenzuela

Foreword by Yaritza Villalba

Written with different levels of educator PBL experience in mind, this guide shows you a powerful new PBL framework for strengthening instructional practice to create an empowering student experience.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071889169
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication date: September 14, 2023

Price: $31.95



Project-Based Learning PLUS Social and Emotional Learning equals student and educator success

Imagine not only helping kids reach their potential academically but as citizens in society as well. In this groundbreaking new book, you will learn how!

Take project-based learning (PBL)—in which students develop educational skills like research, critical thinking, and teamwork—to the next level by enhancing it with personal competencies like self-management, social awareness, and responsible decision-making. Written by an expert in PBL, student well-being, and technology with different levels of educator PBL experience in mind, this guide to harnessing the power of these approaches provides:

  • The five elements of the PBL+ Framework
  • Tools and rubrics that help you engage all students and assess their projects
  • Ways to align PBL with the five SEL competencies outlined by CASEL
  • Tips for putting PBL+ into practice to facilitate your own teaching plans

The framework described in this book, grounded by research and supported by practical steps, is replicable in any classroom and provides educators guidance for strengthening their instructional practice to create an empowering student experience.



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Jorge Valenzuela

Jorge Valenzuela is a well-regarded and nationally recognized performance and education coach, author, and speaker at Lifelong Learning Defined. He has helped countless educators improve their leadership and instructional innovation skills. Jorge specializes in emphasizing core instruction and is a trusted deliverer of reputable professional training in team building, project based learning, STEM pathways, and SEL integration across the curriculum. He partners with superintendents and provides professional development on behalf of Corwin, ASCD, Instructional Innovation Partners, and Solution Tree. Jorge has authored several books and is the host of the Lifelong Learning Defined podcast. You can find him on Instagram (jorgedoespbl) and Twitter (@JorgeDoesPBL).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author


Part 1: The PBL+ Framework

Chapter 1. Element 1: Understand the Components of Research-Informed Project Based Learning

Chapter 2. Element 2: Understand the Basics of the CASEL 5 (for SEL) and Emotional Intelligence

Chapter 3. Element 3: Use Knowledge of Students to Inform Teaching

Chapter 4. Element 4: Design a Project Relevant to the Students You Serve

Chapter 5. Element 5: Use Frequent Feedback Cycles to Guide Student Work

Part 2: SEL-Infused Projects

Chapter 6. Understanding Self-Awareness for Connecting Passion and Purpose

Chapter 7. Understanding Social-Awareness for Having Successful Relationships

Chapter 8. Responsible Decision Making: From Awareness to Action

Part 3: A Roadmap to Student Engagement and Rigorous PBL

Chapter 9. Using a 5-STEP Roadmap to Activate Student Engagement and Rigorous PBL

Chapter 10. Fostering Collaboration and Teamwork

Chapter 11. Helping Students Prepare for the Public Product


Appendix A

Project and Performance Task Template

The Responsible Decision-Making Project and Performance Task Template

The Self-Awareness Project and Performance Task Template

The Social-Awareness Project and Performance Task Template


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