The Future of Inclusive Education: Using Project Based Learning Method for Empowerment

Project Based Learning (PBL) is the ultimate method for identifying and employing unique strengths within students with Developmental Disabilities in the general education environment. PBL mandates full inclusion, collaboration, problem solving and advocacy through investigation into a topic they care about. Students advocate their program of study and control what CCSS standards, building a sense of self-determination on the path to empowerment in education. 1. Participants will be able to implement from beginning to end a Project Based Learning unit that will support students with DD to be fully included in any general education classroom K-12 2. Participant will be able to use the components of PBL (Driving question, project, presentation critique, celebration) to support, structure, and set goals for individuals with DD. 3. Participants will be able to align IEP goals to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in both Math and English/Language Arts to comply with state mandates 4. Participants will be able to collaborate, write PBL projects together and learn from each other. They will all walk away from the presentation with ideas for immediate implementation.

Anthony Rodriguez