What is it?
EdHarmony helps you execute project-based learning by connecting you with community partners who want to work on actual challenges with your students. Ask any veteran PBL teacher and they will tell you this: If the project is authentic and relevant to the learner, engagement and success of the project soars.
We take the pain out of finding these projects, making it easier for your students to explore real-world problems and challenges. Simultaneously, your students develop cross-curriculum skills while working in small collaborative groups.
A community partner to help co-create projects
Project Partners are community members that help you craft a community-based project and serve as the audience for the project. Whether you need a new idea or have one that could use a community connection, Project Partners are community members and local organizations that want to work with your students on a challenge that they or the community faces.
While some professionals are looking for ways to work on new projects, other want to lend their expertise to relevant projects Enter: Learning Partners. Learning Partners are local professionals looking for chances to work with students on projects in the classroom. As content experts and project mentors, Learning Partners collaborate with the teacher — and students — to add depth and authenticity to student projects.
A community mentor that can help inform and guide an existing project
This video from Crellin Elementary School in MD shows how they use learning partners, but it's up to you to decide how to use this resource in your school.
Can students make a difference?
The girls at the top of the page are first grade students in Missoula, Montana. When they learned of the environmental impacts of plastic straws, they put their heads together and devised a plan to make a difference.
These students wrote their mayor, asking for his help in plastic straws within their community. The Mayor responded with a proclamation to a City Council meeting, declaring May 4th a Strawless Day for Missoula.
Then, they each wrote a letter to Senator Sue Malek for a Straws-Upon-Request bill. Malek was so inspired by their work that she decided to push the legislation in 2019.