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ERIC Number: EJ980187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
Systemwide Implementation of Project-Based Learning: The Philadelphia Approach
Schwalm, Jason; Tylek, Karen Smuck
Afterschool Matters, n15 p1-8 Spr 2012
Citywide implementation of project-based learning highlights the benefits--and the challenges--of promoting exemplary practices across an entire out-of-school time (OST) network. In summer 2009, the City of Philadelphia and its intermediary, the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), introduced project-based learning to a network of more than 180 OST programs. Use of project-based learning is now required of all city-funded OST programs that are managed by PHMC. This article describes Philadelphia's systemwide approach to project-based learning. First, the authors review the scholarly literature to define the strategy and discuss its outcomes. Next, they describe Philadelphia's systems approach to project-based learning in OST and outline its successes. Finally, they discuss the challenges presented by a systems approach to implementation, offering recommendations to other cities and their intermediaries that wish to implement project-based learning on a systemwide basis. (Contains 1 table.)
National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Wellesley Centers for Women, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania