High Quality Project
Based Learning

Our Purpose

All students, no matter where they live or what their background, deserve access to high quality Project Based Learning (HQPBL). Our hope is that through widespread dissemination of the Framework for HQPBL, more educators and organizations will commit to providing all students high quality PBL experiences.

The Project

More and more educators around the world, both in and out of the classroom, believe that PBL is an important instructional approach that enables students to master academic skills and content knowledge, develop skills necessary for future success, and build the personal agency needed to tackle life’s and the world’s challenges. 

At the present time, however, there is a lack of agreement about what goes into high quality Project Based Learning. Without a shared, learner-centered vision of high quality PBL, it is difficult for educators to know how to use PBL to improve student learning and development. Therefore, a 26 member steering committee and a 90 member advisory team comprised of education leaders from around the world joined together to create a Framework for HQPBL.

This project is supported by Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This project is also sponsored by the Buck Institute for Education.

The Framework for High Quality Project Based Learning

The Framework will be released in March of 2018, but for now take a peek at the 6 criteria.


Students learn deeply, think critically, and strive for excellence.


Students work on projects that are meaningful and relevant to their lives and future.


Students’ work is seen by their peers and by people beyond the classroom.


Students collaborate with other students in their class, school or online, and may work with adults who serve as project mentors and audience.


Students use a defined project management and/or design process to provide structure for the project.


Students reflect on their learning throughout the project.

Who is committed to HQPBL?