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Project-Based Learning Professional Development Feb. 5-6 at USC

October 15, 2015 - Posted in Education

The Center of Excellence for College and Career Readiness would like to invite you to our "Advanced Readiness Institute: Project-Based Learning" to be held February 5-6, 2016 at The Inn at USC.

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a pedagogical approach that engages students by asking them to consider the "real world" application of school subjects. Many school districts in South Carolina are adopting PBL approaches, and PBL has been recognized by The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness and TransformSC as an "innovative practice."

TransformSC defines PBL as an approach that "integrates traditional subjects (math, English/language arts, science, social studies, etc.) in the form of a real-world problem for students to solve. Students are engaged in content relevant to them while also learning skills and characteristics like problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork …”  (See for more information.)

Institute begins at 4:00 on Friday, February 5, with a brief definition and overview of PBL and a presentation by South Carolina teachers who are currently using PBL in their middle school and high school classrooms. On Saturday, February 6 (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; lunch will be provided), participants will be asked to consider how their students could benefit from PBL and how PBL could be incorporated in their classrooms. By the end of the day, each participant will have developed a PBL project for their classroom. (Teachers will earn continuing education units for the Institute.)

This Institute is ideal for P-12 teachers and administrators who want to learn more about PBL and are interested in creating PBL projects. Higher education faculty and administrators are also encouraged to attend and to consider how the college classroom may need to respond to recent high school graduates who are likely to be used to learning through approaches like PBL. 

The registration fee for the conference is $30.00 (plus a $2.34 processing fee). To register, go to:

Questions or more information, please contact Meredith Love, Co-Director for Center of Excellence for College and Career Readiness, at or 843-661-1522.


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