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An Example

An Example of Project-Based Learning Thought Processes in a School

Last week, I discussed the concept of Project-Based Learning and the real-world implications for using this as a teaching method for our students. You may remember that projects break complex tasks into small “chunks” so that a team of students can link the parts together in a thoughtful progression to create something new.

Here’s how New Tech Network (NTN) ( describes a project-based learning environment:

In PBL, learning is contextual, creative, and shared. Students collaborate on meaningful projects that require critical thinking, creativity, and communication in order for them to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems. By making learning relevant to them in this way, students see a purpose for mastering state-required skills and content concepts. Students aren’t just assessed on their understanding of academic content, but on their ability to successfully apply that content when solving authentic problems. Through this process, project based learning gives students the opportunity to develop the real life skills required for success in today’s world.

The two most important job skills for young people beyond basic communication skills are marketing and project management—getting work and delivering value. A project-based learning environment engages students in authentic work and prepares them for the project-based world they will inherit.”

I recently viewed the link to the Katherine Smith School ( in San Jose, a great example of a project-based elementary school. Students frame projects by defining driving questions, they work in teams, manage timelines, and produce and present high quality products. Projects are assessed by common rubrics. This process is what we all do in our jobs every day! Those of us who are most successful at our jobs are the ones who have mastered those skills of working together, organizing and communicating effectively!

Check out the link to the Katherine Smith School! I think you will find it interesting and exciting! I know I did!

Make it a great week!



Students from Great Falls High on September 8th, went for an informative Lunch With Leaders. Students had lunch with Morcon President, Joe Raccuia, Plant Manager, Chris Raccuia, and Human Resources Representative, Lisbeth Simental. Students gained valuable career advice, learned about the importance of soft skills in the business world , and toured the facility to see the many careers at Morcon.

Students from Lewisville High School and Chester High School hosted 9/11 ceremonies. Thank you for remembering those who work hard to serve our country.

High five to the Springs Close Foundation who graciously donated recorders to all 4th grade students.

"The Chester County School District has formed a multi-year business partnership with The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, courtesy of a grant provided by The Springs Close Foundation, and will provide musical performances, staff development, and educational programs to all 4th and 7th grade students throughout our district. The mission of The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is to nurture a passion for orchestral music in our schools and community through diverse educational programming and excellent instruction. "

PARENT INFORMATION......The State Department of Education scheduled the CCSD for Phase 2 of the state-wide implementation of its new grading scale. Therefore, the Interim Report that will be sent home on September 13, 2016 reflects the 7-point scale. All future Report Cards/Interims will reflect the new 10-point grading scale.