Project-Based Learning Across the Disciplines
Plan, Manage, and Assess Through +1 Pedagogy
- Acacia M. Warren - Educational Consultant
Foreword by Maria G. Ott
A turnkey and cost-effective PBL framework that is highly recommended!
Are you tired of complex and costly PBL models that fall short of your instructional goals? The +1Pedagogy™ framework is a fresh new approach to project-based learning that helps you support students’ academic, literacy, and life goals. You’ll learn to easily blend theory and practice, core standards, 21st Century Skills, and technology for a comprehensive – and unforgettable - learning experience.
K-12 educators, coaches and administrators will learn to:
- Stimulate students’ interest across disciplines
- Implement a turnkey, interdisciplinary framework
- Immerse students in authentic inquiry and real-world application
- Integrate college and career readiness and digital technology
The book includes 9 sample units with interdisciplinary features and more than 30 helpful templates. Accelerate achievement with this inspiring and informative guide!"I have no doubt that Dr. Warren's comprehensive, highly-readable, and excellent book will be a standard and sought-after resource for any teacher who strives to implement rigorous, exciting, and real-world project-based learning in their classroom."
Elisa Salasin, Program Director of Developmental Teacher Education
University of California, Berkeley
"What a rich resource and blueprint to guide and support reluctant educators! This work will bring many stuck learning environments into the 21st century."
Kendra Wallace, Principal
The Joseph Sears School, Kenilworth, IL
Dr. Warren’s framework will impact the learning of students and allow for creativity to blossom and ownership to be assumed by supporting both the educator and the learner."
Deborah Hamm, Superintendent of Schools
Newton USD, Newton, KS
"Educators nationwide believe in the general purpose of project-based learning. +1 Pedagogy puts these beliefs into action. This is a transformative framework that is imperative for 21st century teachers and learners."
"What a rich resource and blueprint to guide and support reluctant educators! It takes the daunting task of getting started with project-based learning and makes it manageable. Dr. Warren weaves authentic rigorous tasks with personalized learning and high quality differentiation. This work will bring many stuck learning environments into the 21st century."
"Through decades of research, we now have the benefit of knowing how to design learning opportunities that engage the brain and result in mastery of content. Putting theory into practice has long been problematic and time is often the biggest barrier to full implementation. We know that project-based learning (PBL) provides a powerful learning environment for students of all ages. However, the everyday life of an educator often slows down the process as we deal with the daily realities of the classroom. This prevents us from harnessing the full power of PBL.
In her book, Dr. Warren provides an integrated framework that crosses grades and disciplines to assist us with the daunting task of organizing the learning for students. Her framework, along with sample lesson designs, technology integration, and rubrics, provides a solid foundation for producing PBL experiences for all students. Dr. Warren has focused on standards, assessments, and instructional practices in a manner that bring all of the essential components of PBL together, thus enhancing the probability that educators will engage students in meaningful learning without the frustration that might otherwise inhibit the decision to implement PBL. Through the careful use of these tools, Dr. Warren’s framework will impact the learning of students and allow for creativity to blossom and ownership to be assumed by supporting both the educator and the learner."
"This book serves as an innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and learning guide. Schools and districts will rethink project-based learning by learning how to seamlessly weave essential 21st century inquiry, application, collaboration and research skills into their curriculum design and prepare students to meet the rigors of a globally competitive society!"
"We are at a pivotal time in the history of education, where questions about inequity, accessibility, and bridging the achievement gap undergird the conversations of the political pundits. The dire pronouncements focus on the extent to which current educational practices are not preparing our students to be analytical and critical thinkers. To this end, Project-Based Learning Across the Disciplines: Plan, Manage, and Assess Through +1 Pedagogy has made a tangible contribution to the field of project-based learning.
Dr. Warren has an acute understanding of what it takes to guide our students into becoming autonomous learners with the skill set to work collaboratively in a team setting, skills that are integral in a global economy. For the educator, the lessons, activities and resources remove the guesswork and allow for creativity and individualization. This book is filled with a plethora of topic ideas and transcends mere interdisciplinary conversations while also providing a road-map for students to become difference makers. It takes a critical look at what positive contributions students can make, not only to their immediate neighborhoods, but also to their society and country."
"As the principal of a middle school, +1 Pedagogy helped build the capacity of my teachers by providing solid instructional tools for students to engage in PBL. Dr. Warren’s book is a step-by-step process for building classroom environments that are rich in learning and guided by PBL. This book is a must for all instructional leaders on a school campus.
As we expand STEAM/STEM programs on our campus, we are doing so with hard work, dedication, and Dr. Warren’s guidance on PBL. Her book enables us to use frameworks and models that support our teachers and learners in all classes, from Physical Education to Language Arts, with projects that are models of effective instruction across the content areas. This book is helping to bring all departments together by providing interdisciplinary frameworks and rubrics that teachers can use.
The most valuable sections are the sample frameworks provided because they contain important standards for student mastery that beautifully transition into student inquiry, activities, presentation, assessments, and reflection. Simply stated, +1 Pedagogy allows teachers to let their students create, discuss, design and show mastery of the content being taught by creating a project that prepares students to be college and career ready. Powerful!
+1 Pedagogy is helping to provide the foundational part of a learning environment that assists students in meeting the demands of the 21st century. Thank you, Acacia Warren, for providing a wealth of tools that are valuable and applicable to teachers and students who engage in PBL."
"In her discourse on project-based learning, Dr. Warren accomplishes a work vital to education in the 21st century and beyond. Her concept of +1 Pedagogy is thoughtful and masterful, and provides an invaluable resource for educators. As a post-secondary music educator and online instructor, I applaud her demonstrated passion for bridging the gap across the disciplines at every level, skillfully addressing technology and the arts. Dr. Warren generously provides a universal framework ready for immediate application, and beyond that motivates and inspires us to greatness. Bravo!"
"The theories and methodologies in relation to pedagogy are vast, but +1 Pedagogy synthesizes these methods and fosters a healthy disposition towards learning. Dr. Acacia M. Warren is an educator who has sacrificed her time and energy to reform curriculum and academics for teachers and students. This book is designed to provide students with the same level of educational opportunities, despite socioeconomic status. Students are more inclined to learn because they are engaged in topics that interest them.
Great educators are lifetime learners and Project-Based Learning Across the Disciplines: Plan, Manage, and Assess Through +1 Pedagogy offers a series of steps in the direction of solving one of the most important issues facing our modern society - how to help teachers and students become successful in the classrooms of the future."
"I have no doubt that Dr. Warren's comprehensive, highly-readable, and excellent book will be a standard and sought-after resource for any teacher who strives to implement rigorous, exciting, and real-world project-based learning in their classroom. The tools and scaffolding she outlines in this important book make PBL real and accessible for both beginning teachers and seasoned veterans. I can't wait to share Project-Based Learning Across the Disciplines with my teacher education candidates. It will be an invaluable tool in helping them to plan, manage, and assess deep and powerful instruction for the 21st Century."
"The lessons and powerpoint presentations in this book clearly describe what students have to do and gives them different ways of learning the subject. Students can be more expressive in how they present their assignments. It may look like a lot of work, but it is the right amount for the student to fully understand the subject. The project-based learning techniques demonstrate active learning rather than passive learning. Active learning challenges students and is a simple yet effective method of teaching."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1 - Road Map to Success