White Paper: Evidence-Based Strategies to Boost Student Engagement and Success

The nearly $200 billion in ESSER and $2.75 billion in EANS funding represents a unique opportunity for K-12 leaders to make significant investments in improving instruction and closing achievement gaps among students. In this paper, we’ll explore two evidence-based educational approaches, Understanding by Design (UbD) and Gold Standard Project-Based Learning (PBL), that K-12 leaders should consider as they look to use their ESSER funds to combat learning loss and drive student engagement.

In this complimentary white paper from Defined Learning, we’ll share what the experts say about the UbD and PBL approaches and provide examples from districts that have effectively implemented these strategies to boost student success.


Join us for our virtual symposium on March 18th from 11:00 am - 4:00 PM EST! Education leaders from across the country will come together to discuss how to provide K-12 students with meaningful career-connected learning opportunities that build future-ready skills and expand career pathways. Click here to learn more and register!

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Success Stories



The collection of performance tasks developed by Defined Learning supports the UbD framework for curriculum, instruction and assessment. Through the utilization of ‘real world’ performance tasks and related resources, teachers engage their students in meaningful learning and authentic assessment – and that is the best preparation for the world outside of school.

Jay McTighe