Male student smiles during classroom discussion


ML-PBL is a research and development project to build and test project-based, literacy-focused elementary science curriculum and teacher professional development.  Our goal is to promote academic, social and emotional learning and equity in elementary students by using features of project-based learning and the three dimensions of scientific knowledge.

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Janet Serba is a third grade teacher and this is her third year teaching the ML-PBL curriculum.

Moira Thomas has been part of the ML-PBL project since 2015.

We are all aware that Project-based Learning has enjoyed global success.

African American female student looking thru magnifying glass

Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning (ML-PBL) engages elementary students in making sense of the world. Science educators and researchers from MSU's CREATE for STEM Institute and the University of Michigan partnered to develop, test and revise 3-dimensional, phenomena-based curricula, teacher professional learning materials, and assessments.

Multiple Literacies research team around a meeting table in CREATE

Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning (ML-PBL) engaged in a multi-year research program examining all aspects of the curriculum.   From informative case studies of individual teachers and classrooms to a large-scale randomized control trial for efficacy, ML-PBL is one of the best-researched elementary school programs in the country.