Academic Rigor
Project Based Learning
Design Principles
Academic Rigor
Applied Learning
Adult Connections
Active Exploration
Assessment Practice
Making learning intentional
Academically rigorous projects are framed around a core of academic learning. To create this project framework it is essential for a teacher to: In Living History Day learn how academics at Milwaukie High School in Milwaukie, Oregon are woven into yearlong preparations for a Veteran's Day event that involves the entire school.

Applying academic concepts
Academically rigorous projects create a dynamic purpose for learning by tying core content to real-world applications and problem solving situations. To provide students with a reason to master the content and skills of an academic discipline:

In eco-mania, learn how Redwood High School students in Larkspur, California produced a play and an audiograph to bring hard questions about environmental conservation to a national audience.

Arranging learning tasks
An important aspect of an academically rigorous project is ensuring that learning tasks are structured to support academic goals. To achieve this it is important to identify in every task both the learning objective and the means of achieving it. This can be accomplished through:

In the Aquarium Project, see how students from the Bilingual Orientation Center in Seattle, Washington used group projects in art, English, social studies, and science as a catalyst for developing and practicing the basic skills necessary to transition to area middle school and high schools.