In the fall of 2009, Olander Elementary officially became Olander School for Project Based Learning!
The roots of PBL lie in the long-standing education philosophy that students learn best through experiential, hands-on, and student directed learning experiences. Utilization of PBL has exploded over the last 10 years for many reasons. One reason is that the current research indicates that students need to construct knowledge through engaging and rich learning experiences.
Another reason is that educators are becoming increasingly aware that high school graduates will be entering a global economy in which both knowledge and integrated skills are required to succeed. In other words, students will need to be able to plan, collaborate, think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively to be successful. These 21st Century Skills are central to project based learning and reflect the world in which children now live.