NC PBLL Presentation Materials

This page contains materials from Cherice Montgomery's workshop on Project-based Language Learning given on August 8-9, 2016 for Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina.


Articles on PBL

(Referenced During the Presentation)

Gold Standard PBL: Essential Project Design Elements

What’s the Difference Between Doing Projects & Project-based Learning?

12 Ways to Know If You’re In a Project-based Learning Environment Or Merely Having Kids Create Projects in Your Classroom

Writing a Great Authentic Task

Driving Questions

Driving Questions: Uncovering What is Under the Hood
(NOTE: This is a great article but works best for scaffolding the brainstorming and development of a public product, NOT a driving question.)


PowerPoint Presentations

More coming soon!

Resources for Teaching Academic Language

AcademicConversationPlacematWithPrompts.JPG (Another placemat example)


Interactive Strategies for Structuring Discussions

Sample "Placemat" for Supporting Academic Writing (Page 2)

Students as Change Leaders

This Brooklyn court helps teens stay out of jail--and it's run entirely by teenagers


ISTE Connects. (2016, Mar. 11). How one kindergartener became a global citizen. ISTE. Retrieved March 13, 2016, from

8-year-old (2014, March 3). Michigan 8-year-old helps pay off students' school lunch debt. ABC 7 News. Retrieved March 3, 2014, from


Gibson, Caitlin. (2012, December 6). Loudoun girl, diagnosed with brain cancer, aims to help raise $1 million for Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Washington Post. Retrieved December 24, 2012, from
(Related links: Blog, Facebook Page,

(2009, April 2). 25 days to make a difference. 25 Days to Make a Difference. Retrieved November 2012, from


Borlongan, Kat. (2016, June 23). Letter to the 10-year-old who applied to the Paris summer innovation fellowship. Facebook. Retrieved July 1, 2016, from

Wood, Danielle. (n.d.). Can a 10-year-old change the world? Retrieved November 2012, from


Alford, Justine. (2015, January 20). 7th grader builds braille printer from lego. Retrieved January 25, 2015, from

Bellware, Kim. (2015, February 5). These middle school girls had an idea that could help Alzheimer's patients remember loved ones. Huffington Post. Retrieved February 17, 2015, from


Barseghian, Tina. (2011, June 1). Putting 21st century skills to action. Mind/Shift. Retrieved November 17, 2013, from


Leopold, Todd. (2013, January 15). How Aaron Swartz helped build the internet. CNNTech. Retrieved January 17, 2013, from


(2012, August 20). US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google. BBC News. Retrieved November 2012, from (Print link)

Huang, Justin. (2011, August 23). College dropout series: The whiz at quizlet. Albany Patch. Retrieved February 11, 2013, from (Additional details and video on TechCrunch)

(2014, February 26). MIT finds 15-year-old scouring trash bins for parts. What's he's built will leave you stunned. The San Francisco Times. Retrieved March 10, 2014, from


Froelich, Amanda. (2013, September 12). 16-year old invents bio-plastic from banana peels. True Activist. Retrieved February 18, 2014, from


Associated Press. (2007, December 26). U.S. teen brings new school to rural Cambodia. Retrieved November 2012, from

Groppe, Maureen. (2013, April 22). Obama praises invention by Williamston students. Lansing State Journal. Retrieved April 23, 2013, from

Roach, John. (n.d.). 17-year-old builds artificial 'brain' to detect breast cancer. Retrieved November 2012, from


Robertson, Joe. (2012, June 5). Blue valley senior is on the verge of a quantum leap for science. 913News. Retrieved January 22, 2013, from


(Note: Unlike the rest of the articles on this page, this article discusses a concept invented by a teen which has not yet been physically produced or tested.)

Griffiths, Sarah. (2013, September 9). Could a teenager save the world's oceans? Student, 19, claims his invention could clean up the seas in just five years. MailOnline. Retrieved February 18, 2014, from

Various Ages

The Huffington Post. (n.d.). The YSA list: Honoring the 25 most powerful and influential young people. Youth Service America. Retrieved November 2012, from

30 Under 30

Casserly, Meghan. (2012, December 17). 30 under 30: The millenials overhauling education and leaving no child (or teacher) behind. Forbes. Retrieved February 11, 2013, from






Culture Connection - Culturally authentic resources

Dual Language Immersion Wiki - Downloadable templates for scaffolding


The Danger of a Single Story - Segment 1

The Danger of a Single Story - Segment 2 (Immigration, Mexicans, & the Power of a Repeated Story)

The Danger of a Single Story - Segment 3 (Of Flattened Experience, Stereotypes, & Incomplete Stories)

DPAN - Waiting on the World to Change