Educators often talk about 21st-century skills and the benefits of incorporating communication, creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking into lessons. These are skills students rarely learn straight out of a textbook. The best way to teach them, we've found, is by making these skills a relevant part of their active lives.

If that sounds daunting, rest assured, it doesn't always have to be. One way we have taught these skills is through project-based learning (PBL), where students apply what they’ve learned during a hands-on project that is relevant to the real world -- and their lives.

To that end, a new report...

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About the Author:

Dr. Michael Speziale is the CEO at MIDA Learning Technologies, LLC, and the former Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and the School of Education at Wilkes University. Dr. Speziale has also served as the assistant superintendent of the Dallas School District and prior to that as the Chair of the division of Behavioral Science, Education and Business at Misericordia University, where he was named as professor of the year in 1992. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeSpiz.

Kerry Speziale, Ed.D., is a 5th Grade Teacher at Dallas School District and adjunct professor at Wilkes University.

Byron McCook, Ed.D., is the Director of Information Services at Radnor Township School District and adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s University.

Karim Letwinsky, Ed.D., is the Chair of the Doctorate in Education at Wilkes University.