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Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment, and Common Core Standards

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It’s not what students know, but what they do with what they know that is important. Schools are changing in response to this reality. TRANSFORMING SCHOOLS: Using Project-Based Deeper Learning, Common Core Standards, and Performance Assessment, (Jossey Bass February 1, 2015; $29.95;), draws on the example of the Envision Education schools, as well as other leading schools around the country, to show how the concept of deeper learning can meet the need for students who are both college and career ready and engaged in their own education.

In TRANSFORMING SCHOOLS, education expert Bob Lenz explains how project-based learning can blend with Common Core-aligned performance assessment for deeper learning.

Readers will discover how many schools have successfully made the transition from traditional, teacher-centered learning to project-based, deeper learning and find many practical ideas for implementation.


  • A companion DVD and website with videos showing how to put in place deeper learning strategies in the classroom.
  • Evidence-based descriptions that reveal why deeper leaning is right for students
  • Information from performance assessment experts who explain how to align assessments with Common Core by shifting emphasis from knowing to doing
  • An extensive game plan section with step-by-step guidance for change

Schools are complex organizations, and transformation involves all of the stakeholders, from students to superintendents. Transforming Schools shows there are amazing benefits to be realized when everyone commits to diving deeper into learning.

About the Author:

Bob Lenz (San Francisco, CA) is CEO and Co-Founder and Chief of Innovation of Envision Education, which includes Envision Schools, three college prep charter high schools in the Bay area, and Envision Learning Partners, a consulting group that currently serves about 1000 teachers and administrators in 100 schools in 7 states.  Bob is recognized as a national leader in high-school redesign, project-based learning, 21st century skills, and performance assessment.  He is called on regularly to speak at national education conferences and serve on policy panels locally and in Washington, DC.  Lenz is a regular blogger on Edutopia.


Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment and Common Core Standards

Bob Lenz with Justin Wells and Sally Kingston



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