How Can We Make Our School Better?


Last spring, Howe High School, a school of 147 students in rural Howe, Okla., embarked on schoolwide project-based learning (PBL), asking students to innovatively answer, “How can we make our school better?”

Project Lion Pride partly served to unite Howe teachers in the shift toward designing more PBL experiences. The initiative was a success because teachers focused on five essential elements of PBL:

  1. Hold an opening event to hook students’ interest.
  2. Build a team culture.
  3. Bring in outside expertise.
  4. Use authentic assessments.
  5. Reach out to professional and community networks.

Read the full, most-clicked story at Edutopia (and find out which student projects got the greenlight).

Have you used PBL to work across content areas and grade levels?