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Suzie Boss

Journalist and PBL advocate

I'm a journalist who writes about the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. Author of Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World and co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, I'm inspired by educators who push the boundaries of the traditional classroom. I'm on the National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education, and have also helped nonprofit organizations design programs that teach both youth and adults how to improve their communities with innovative, sustainable solutions.

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  • Critical Thinking

    Real-World Learning for Student Journalists

    Figuring out what makes a good story and how to tell it helps young reporters boost their critical thinking skills—and that’s especially true at this historic moment.
  • Teacher Collaboration

    How Teachers Can Learn Through Action Research

    A look at one school’s action research project provides a blueprint for using this model of collaborative teacher learning.
  • Project-Based Learning

    5 Tips for Getting Started With PBL in Math Classes

    Pointers for middle and high school math teachers who have concerns about incorporating project-based learning in their classes.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

    Twenty ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.
  • PBL Planning

    10 Ready-to-Borrow Project Ideas

    As you consider the following project possibilities, ask yourself: Would this project help my students meet important learning goals? Would my students find it engaging?
  • Literacy

    Gaming as a Tool for Narrative Writing

    Teachers are leveraging the power of gaming to turn even reluctant student writers into enthusiastic storytellers.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Podcasting Creates an Audience for Student Storytellers

    A six-phase process for podcast design guides students to an engaging final product in an interdisciplinary project-based learning unit.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    One School's Uncompromising Take on Student Choice

    At this Reggio Emilia-inspired elementary school, children take the lead in structuring their schooling.
  • Teacher Development

    Teaching Kids to Argue—Respectfully

    Tools and resources for teaching controversial topics and building students’ argumentation skills.
  • School Leadership

    A Small Town School Embraces a Big Vision

    A determined superintendent looks to transform student lives in his rural Kentucky hometown.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Playful Inquiry for Elementary Students

    Six suggestions for bringing a key idea from a Reggio Emilia–inspired school to your K–5 classroom.
  • Professional Development

    3 Ways to Unlock the Wisdom of Colleagues

    Sometimes the best ideas are inside your own school. Here are three thoughtful practices to find—and share—inspiration from your peers.
  • Teacher Development

    3 Reads to Inspire Your Teaching Practice

    Find ideas on student engagement, deeper inquiry, and project-based learning, whether you read on your own or in a book study group.
  • Place-Based Learning

    A Place-Based Approach to PBL

    A veteran teacher and author discusses how to bring fieldwork into your project-based learning curriculum.
  • Education Trends

    Sharing Student Work Beyond the Classroom

    The Share Your Learning campaign highlights the value of having students present their work to authentic audiences.

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