Case Study: Building a Foundation
for Effective PBL
in Marshall County
Alabama is a STEM-rich state, leading the nation in aerospace, cybersecurity, biomedicine, and advanced manufacturing. To prepare students for STEM careers, the state implemented new digital literacy and computer science standards. Marshall County Schools (MCS) implemented Defined Learning, an online K–12 solution that provides educators with all of the tools and resources needed to implement high-quality Project Based Learning (PBL).
In this case study, you'll learn step-by-step how MCS rolled out and implemented Defined Learning in their K-8 schools and the impact the platform has had on student engagement and proficiency.
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Research has shown us that students should have a general idea of what they want to do for a career by the end of eighth grade. We need to immerse students in career exploration at an early age and allow them to explore careers more often. Defined Careers helps us do that without putting the bulk of the hard work on our teachers or counselors. We have found Defined Careers to be very user friendly and our teachers can use the program easily in their classroom. We hit the jackpot when we began using Defined Careers and I know our students will benefit from this program!- Sharon James, Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Broken Arrow Public Schools in Oklahoma
By using Defined Careers and taking a project-based approach to learning STEM content in the context of actual career scenarios, our students are more engaged in their learning. Defined Careers helps us provide our students with better learning experiences that lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the content.- Kasie Roden, Director of STEM Education,Grand Prairie Independent School District, Texas