“The Toolkit is intended to bring project management into community conversations about school transformation, by providing tools, definitions and explanations of unfamiliar subjects, and links to other resources that will help project managers, other professionals, and existing stakeholders to better understand their communities, connect to existing dialogues and reform efforts, and navigate the complex world of education. The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) - a collaborative partnership among education, business, community and government leaders to position ‘21st Century readiness’ at the center of K-12 education – and the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) – the philanthropic arm of the Project Management Institute that leverages project management for social good – developed each Toolkit document to help community leaders work together to build support for integrating PBL [Project Based Learning] and project management into their local schools” (p.2).
The toolkit, published in 2015, covers a variety of PBL and project management topics, including the following:
- Project management skills and project-based learning
- Sharing the value of project management with educators
- PBL in action
- Determining community readiness
- Community resource mapping
- Understanding education strategies
- Project managers in the classroom
It is designed to “equip project managers, other professionals, and other stakeholders with the knowledge and tools to:
• Add their voices to deeper community conversations about education transformation in their communities and what is necessary to successfully prepare young people for the 21st Century world of work,
• Work with other groups and leaders to build support among the public and educational decision-makers to bring Project-Based Learning, project management, and 21st Century skills into curricula and teacher training,
• Assist educators to better understand PBL, and
• Provide their important expertise inside and outside of the classroom” (p.2).
The authors posit that PBL is important in classrooms since “students today face a world where a far broader and deeper set of skills are essential for success than…before. Schools must use new kinds of tools to teach a wider set of topics, and even more to impart the competencies, perspectives, and practices that, alongside academic and technical knowledge, are…essential to compete” (p.2).(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)