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This growing set of resources includes stories about CBL in action, research, templates for each phase, and resources to get started. Sort by Categories or use the site search to find specific resources. Notify us if you have resources that you would like to share.

January 14, 2018

Big Idea: Bullying

Even with the expansion of prevention programs and greater awareness bullying continues to be a significant problem across all countries, communities, and contexts. Bullying is a significant big idea that needs to be thoroughly and contextually considered to develop meaningful and sustainable solutions.

January 7, 2018

Big Idea: Attitude

The beginning of the new year provides an opportunity to take stock and make decisions to change behaviors and/or pursue new goals. For most of us, these resolutions will quickly be lost in the shuffle of our lives or become unattainable due to a variety of factors. One of the factors related to our ability to be successful in achieving our personal, group and institutional goals and resolutions is a Big Idea – ATTITUDE.

January 2, 2018

Big Idea: 2018

Each new year provides the opportunity to reflect and prioritize. In other words, the new year is the ultimate Big Idea offering a multitude of possibilities for essential questions and challenges. This year the Challenge team will be focusing on leveraging the Challenge framework and mindset to make positive impacts in our communities. For 2018 let’s find small and large ways to take action and make a positive difference.

December 12, 2017

Story: CBL @ Carroll Magnet Middle School

Since 2014, Digital Promise has partnered with the Wake County Public School System and Carroll Magnet Middle School to use the Challenge Based Learning (CBL) framework to support the core tenants of the school and district and prepare students to be successful in school and beyond.

November 30, 2017

Challenge: Code a Solution!

Take a hard look at your school and local community, identify a Big idea (pollution, water quality, voting, communication, transportation, etc.) Use the CBL process to frame and challenge, deeply learn about it, and develop an app that solves the problem.

November 27, 2017

Big Ideas: Equity, Inequity, Equality & Inequality

Equity and Equality are fertile Big Ideas because they have to be looked at through multiple lenses and across academic disciplines to be fully understood. These Big Ideas also are perfect for developing important challenges at a local or global level. 

November 21, 2017

Tools to find Big Ideas

The starting point for developing a challenge experience is a Big Idea. It can be identified by the senior learner beforehand or with the junior learners as a first step of the journey. Check out some ideas for developing and reaching consensus on Big Ideas.

November 20, 2017

Big Idea: Gratitude

Big Idea: Gratitude Essential Question: How one we show gratitude to the people in our lives? Challenge:…

August 31, 2017

Challenge: Help a community recover from a disaster.

With the recent disaster of Hurricane Harvey devastating communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States, the challenge of “Help a community recover from a disaster.” developed by the students of Ringwood North Primary provides a model for how schools can learn, reach out, and help.

July 3, 2017

Big Idea: Respect

Respect is a really Big Idea. The definition seems straightforward, yet it carries nuanced interpretations and corresponding actions depending on geography, culture, community, and generation. A deep discussion on respect is critical for understanding each other and improving relationships.

June 25, 2017

Challenge: Share Knowledge

So many conferences, workshops, x – educator meetings, books, podcasts, webcasts, etc. So little time, access, and money. What if we could learn from everyone who attends national and local conferences? What if knowledge extended across these boundaries?

April 8, 2017

Resource: CBL Canvas

Making the learning process visible throughout the CBL experience helps to develop collaboration and innovation. The CBL Canvas provides a simple way for the Act and Investigate phase to be made visible in the classroom.

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