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SMMUSD Project Based Learning Brochure for 2019-20 school year

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PBL Parent Presentation March 2019
Project-based learning (PBL) is coming to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District for the 2019-20 school year with the first cohort of 100 ninth grade students starting a four-year program.
SMMUSD Project Based Learning FAQs
SMMUSD Project Based LearningThe Board of Education approved this exciting education model following parent and community engagement sessions, visits to schools with successful PBL programs and several board meeting discussions.

PBL is an authentic learning experience achieved through deep engagement with high interest, relevant, real-world, curriculum-related projects over an extended period of time. Students then demonstrate their knowledge and skills through a public product or presentation. It is often interdisciplinary and/or interest-based with differentiation existing in instruction, demonstration and content.

The four-year rollout includes the PBL freshman cohort in the first year, along with the development of specialized career learning pathways. An interest-based learning (Capstone) model will be added in year three to serve additional juniors and seniors.

Interested families of current eighth grade students from SMMUSD middle schools and others living within the SMMUSD boundaries may apply for a coveted spot. SMMUSD seeks to have balanced representation from themiddle schools and will ensure a minimum 26 percent of SED and / or English Learners.








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