One to the World Graphical Overview














    (www.p21.org 21st Century Framework

    Project Based Learning

    Alan November was an early user of the phrase, “One to the World” when referring to implementing project based learning (PBL) in schools. 

    In articulating the key elements of One to the World (OttW) LCPS, Superintendent Eric Williams was greatly influenced by the work of the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) and Phil Schlechty. The key elements of OttW are:

    1. Authentic Problems & Tasks
    2. Significant Content & Important Competencies
    3. Product, Performance, Service, or Exhibition
    4. Connected to the World

    What does PBL look like in the classroom? See a Tuscarora HS Example (Video) 

    Key Elements of PBL:

    Significant Content and Important Competencies

     Authentic Tasks

    Product, Performance, Service or Exhibition

     Connected to the World

     PBL Lessons  Are:





    Engages Students

     in the


    Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking,
    and Creativity.

    How do teachers engage students in 21st Century Learning through Project Based Learning (PBL)?

    As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, schools and educators will provide PBL through rich content, and a variety of online tools, resources, and technology.  PBL fuses the 3Rs and 4Cs through a Relevant, Rigorous, and Responsive curriculum that engages students in solving complex problems and utilizes Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity (www.p21.org).


    (See ISTE Standards) 

    The Five Keys to Rigorous PBL Series (Edutopia.org)
    Watch the PBL overview to discover why this is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire deeper knowledge. 
    • Establishing Real-World Connections in Projects (Part 1)
    • Building Rigorous Projects Based on Curriculum (Part 2)            
    • Structuring Collaboration for Student Success (Part 3)
    • Facilitating Learning in a Student-Driven Environment (Part 4)
    • Embedding Assessment Throughout the Project (Part 5)




    Buck Institute for Education (BIE get a free account for downloads)

    Partnership for 21st Century Learning (www.p21.org) where they focus on PBL resources for teachers Parents' Guide to 21st Century Learning.

    See Virginia DoE for more on College and Career Readiness