Teacher Supports

Adapt, Plan, and Participate

Sprocket contains several features to help teachers successfully implement their project-based courses. Teachers can use the portal to plan their instruction and learn from other members of the research community.
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Images of Teachers and Students in Action

View and Customize the Curriculum

Sprocket allows teachers to customize the curriculum materials for their classrooms. Teachers have the capability to make changes to lesson plans and materials, as well as upload new course materials.

Participate in a Professional Community

Teachers participating in the research study will be part of a unique professional community aimed at supporting teacher practice for project-based learning. Participating teachers can share resources and ideas for using them with their students, view the ways in which other teachers are customizing the curriculum materials, and communicate with one another about different strategies.

Professional Development

Professional development refers to a variety of ongoing educational opportunities, including training, formal coursework, conference attendance, and informal experience that are part of ongoing practice. Approaches to professional development are just as varied, including coaching or mentoring, consultation, study, and communities of practice.

We strongly recommend any implementation of PBL curricula on Sprocket be supported by professional development, in order to enact practices as designed. While Lucas Education Research does not offer professional development services, many of our research partners have professional development resources available.

The College Board has partnered with PBL Works to offer PBL-based professional learning programs for Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Environmental Science and U.S Government and Politics.