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.

Recent News

The Multiple Literacies project, and CREATE for STEM, want to wish Deb Peek-Brown the very best in her retirement.

Nicole Andreas, out of Kent City Elementary, loves the curriculum and how fun it is for kids. Nicole teaches K-2 Computer Science and 3-5 ML-PBL STEM. This is her third year with the ML-PBL project.  

The Washington Post published an article by Jay Matthews, an education writer for the publication, in April 2021.

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.