New Resource from P21 and PMIEF Supports Project-Based Learning in Schools

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Bringing Project Management into the School Transformation Conversation helps strengthen teaching and learning across the country

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“Project based learning is a key part of 21st century learning" - Helen Soule, P21 Executive Director

Today the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), the leading organization bringing together business, education and policymakers around the common goal of 21st century readiness, along with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) unveil the new resource, Bringing Project Management into the School Transformation Conversation. This comprehensive toolkit helps project managers and other education stakeholders lend support to strengthen secondary school teaching and learning so that young people graduate ready for college and career.

PMIEF awarded a $475,000 grant to P21 to fund both the toolkit’s creation and a series of education transformation conversations in select communities across the U.S. Available at no cost in print and online at, the toolkit offers strategies for integrating project management into secondary school curricula, identifying stakeholders who can support these efforts and determining the community resources necessary for school transformation. It also features project management and project-based learning resources for educators as well as highlights exemplary programs, schools and school districts across the country.

In addition to project managers, the education transformation conversations will include teachers, students, school administrators and business professionals as they explore how best to prepare young people for the 21st century world of work. Following the dialogues, the PMIEF grant will fund schools’ implementation of the actionable plans that these conversations generate.

“The skills that young people need to be successful in the 21st century world of work are unquestionably inherent to project management,” said Michael DePrisco, PMIEF Chief Operating Officer and PMI Vice President of Academic and Educational Programs. “Project management helps them learn how to think creatively, communicate effectively and work collaboratively with their peers. We understand the value that project-based learning adds to the classroom, but equipping teachers and students with project management skills better ensures that they know how to expertly manage those projects.”

“Project based learning is a key part of 21st century learning, and one we have seen flourish all over the country in our Exemplar schools,” said Helen Soule, P21 executive director. “We are privileged to share the value of these skills with project managers and classroom practitioners alike, and hope this work will benefit many schools and learning communities across the country.”

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The PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization of Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1990, PMIEF develops, implements and delivers innovative programs to leverage project management for social good globally. These include scholarships, awards and grants as well as educational resources that strengthen both teaching and learning and disaster management. Through the generosity of individual and corporate donors as well as the PMI community, PMIEF helps build a better prepared workforce for the future, a better prepared society for future success and a better response in future times of need. For additional information, visit        

P21 recognizes that all learners need educational experiences in school and beyond, from cradle to career, to build knowledge and skills for success in a globally and digitally interconnected world. Representing over 5 million members of the global workforce, P21 is a catalyst organization uniting business, government and education leaders from the U.S. and abroad to advance evidence-based education policy and practice and to make innovative teaching and learning a reality for all. Learn more at and @P21Learning

P21 Members: American Camp Association, American Federation of Teachers, Apple Inc., Asia Society, Bahcesehir K-12 Schools, Cable Impacts Foundation, Common Sense Media, Crayola, Destination Imagination, Duck Learning, EF Education First, Education Networks of America, First Five Years Fund, Fisher-Price, Ford Motor Company Fund, Future Problem Solving Program International, Gale Cengage Learning, Goddard Systems Inc., Intel Corporation,, LEGO Education, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Education Association, PBS, Pearson, People to People International, Playworld, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, VIF International Education and The Walt Disney Company

P21 Leadership States: Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin

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