Project-Based Learning Network

 Community Focused. Globally Prepared.

“What I like most is the creativity. You have a beginning and an end in mind, but the pathway to learn is up to you.”
Justin, ninth-grader at Valley Southwoods

Let’s begin with the end in mind. What do we want WDMCS students to know, understand, and do? We want them to possess the skills to be college- and career-ready in today’s world beyond high school.

We have learned business leaders want:

  • Lifelong learners
  • Growth mindset and open-mindedness
  • Innovators—creativity
  • Collaborators—strong teamwork skills
  • Effective and appropriate communication skills (written, spoken, and interpersonal)

The Project-Based Learning Network is a pathway engaging students in tasks designed to provide the best context for learning. It ignites a zest for learning and allows students to “fail forward,” which provides a safe environment to make mistakes in order to learn and grow.

“I am learning how resilient students are as they continue to persevere through challenges while designing culminating products for their projects.”
—Alice Fuglsang, seventh-grade science teacher at Indian Hills