NapaLearns, a non-profit dedicated to improving learning outcomes for children attending Napa County’s public schools,
Project-based learning (PBL) helps students of all levels to practice their individual creativity, and to develop the communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills they will need in a knowledge-based, highly technological society. PBL enables students to learn core content while completing highly engaging projects. NapaLearns believes project-based learning is the best preparation for college and today’s careers.
What Is Project-based Learning?
The guiding principle behind PBL, as pioneered in Napa’s New Technology High School in 1996, is learning by doing. Unlike traditional classrooms, where students sit in rows and memorize the content delivered by the teacher, in technology-enhanced PBL classrooms teams of students work collaboratively on question-driven projects, tackling long-term challenges involving real-life problems. NapaLearns partners with the school districts and the New Tech Network to provide professional development coaching and a learning management program called ECHO to support PBL in schools.