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Project Management for Education: The Bridge to 21st Century Learning

Book Description

This unique book is for two audiences! Read one way it is for educators; flip it over and read the other way it is for project managers! These days, everybody seems to be talking about “21st century skills” and how our students need new ways of learning if they hope to succeed in life. In recent years, changes in how work is done have rapidly shifted society’s demands. What today’s students need to succeed in their future work, family, and civic lives is dramatically different from what previous generations learned in school. But what are 21st century skills and how can educators bring them to students? The easiest answer is: by turning to the processes and principles that the field of project management has been utilizing for decades—skills such as critical and creative thinking, problem solving, effective communication, collaboration, self-motivation, persistence, and a lifelong passion for learning. These essential 21st century skills and mindsets, already part of daily life for project management professionals, are exactly what modern students need to learn in order to succeed. Project based learning (PBL), a set of engaging and powerful learning methods organized around motivating projects, is one of the most popular ways to bring the skills used by project management into students’ educational experience, giving them amazing opportunities to develop the essential 21st century competencies they need. In Project Management for Education: The Bridge to 21st Century Learning, authors Bernie Trilling and Walter Ginevri provide a “two-in-one” guide for educators and project management professionals, demonstrating how the two fields can work together. By teaming up to enrich the experience of students, both educators and project management professionals can continue to develop their own skills and better meet the challenges they face in our ever-changing world.

Table of Contents

  1. Project Learning Guide for Project Managers
    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Table of Contents
    5. Project Manager Foreword
    6. Project Manager Preface
    7. Project Manager Author Page
    8. Project Manager Introduction
      1. What Does Education Bring to Project Management?
      2. The Five Ps of Project Management for Education
    9. Project Manager Chapter 1: Bringing Project Management to Schools, Educators, and Students
      1. Why is Project Management so Important to Student Success?
      2. What's in it for our Children?
      3. What's in it for Project Managers?
    10. Project Manager Chapter 2: Project Management as Learning, Work, and Life Skills
      1. How can Learning Projects Help all Students become More Successful?
      2. Why?—Projects as a Model for Building Life Skills
      3. How?—A Project Cycle for Learning Projects
      4. What?—Seven Visual Tools for Thinking and Doing
      5. Proposed Project Management Toolkit Extensions
    11. Project Manager Chapter 3: School Projects Versus Business Projects
      1. What do they have in Common? What's Different?
      2. What they have in Common
      3. How they are Different
        1. Learning is a Journey, not a Destination
        2. Always Look beyond the Deliverables
        3. The “Emerging Project Charter”
        4. Projects as Emotional Investments
    12. Project Manager Chapter 4: Project Management and Time Management
      1. How can we Help Others Tackle this Lifelong Motivational Challenge?
    13. Project Manager Chapter 5: Agile and Adaptive Project Management
      1. How can These Methods Support Learning Projects?
      2. The Agile Manifesto
      3. The 12 Principles of Agile Project Learning
      4. How Agile Methods Benefit Projects and Learning
    14. Project Manager Chapter 6: Educators as Project Managers
      1. How can we Help Educators become Better Project Managers?
      2. Project Management Virtues that Teachers Most Likely have Already
        1. Yearly Planning
        2. Planning for Individual Needs
        3. Communication Efforts
        4. Flexibility
        5. Attitudes Toward Errors
        6. Sharing of Experiences
        7. Lifelong Professional Development
      3. Sins Professional PMs Need to Avoid with Educators and Students
        1. Don't Use Language that is too Technical or Business-Oriented
        2. Don't Explain “What” Concepts without First Doing Some “How” Processes
        3. Don't be too Critical in Evaluating Project Results
        4. Don't Prescribe all Roles, Tasks, Timelines, etc., Leaving Little or no Student Choice
        5. Don't Try to Support Excessive Numbers of School Projects—Quantity over Quality
        6. Don't Neglect the Review Phase's Celebrations, Presentations, and Recognitions
        7. Don't Avoid Spreading the Word to Other PMs on how Rewarding and Uplifting it is to be a Mentor
    15. Project Manager Chapter 7: The Future of Project Management in Education
      1. Project Management as a Bridge to 21st Century Education
    16. Project Bridges to 21st Century Learning
      1. A Learning Project Sampler
      2. Primary Grade 2: Puppet Theater Project
      3. Middle Grade 7: Water Makes…a School! Project
      4. Secondary Grade 11: Nuclear Energy—Friend or Foe? Project
  2. Project Learning Guide for Educators
    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Table of Contents
    5. Educator Foreword
    6. Educator Preface
    7. Educator Author Page
    8. Educator Introduction
      1. What Does Project Management Bring to Education?
      2. The Five Ps of Project Management for Education
    9. Educator Chapter 1: Bringing Project Management into Classrooms and Homes
      1. Why is Project Management so Important to Student Success?
      2. What's in it for Students?
      3. What's in it for Educators?
      4. What's in it for Parents?
    10. Educator Chapter 2: Project Management as Learning, Work, and Life Skills
      1. How can Learning Projects Help all Students become More Successful?
      2. The Blood Project
      3. Introductory Guide to Managing Learning Projects
      4. Project Cycle Terms Overview
      5. Projects Defined
      6. Everyday Life Projects
      7. Learning Projects and 21st Century Skills
      8. Learning Project Phases
      9. Project Learning Cycle Overview
      10. Types of Learning Projects—Inquiry and Design
      11. Types of Learning Projects—Debate and Expression
    11. Educator Chapter 3: Project Based Learning (PBL) and Project Management (PM)
      1. How do PBL and PM Work Together?
      2. Brief History of Project Based Learning (PBL)
      3. Brief History of Project Management
      4. PM + PBL = Future-Ready Students, Schools, and Societies
    12. Educator Chapter 4: The Timeless Time Management Challenge
      1. How can we Help Students Tackle this Lifelong Motivational Challenge?
      2. Time and the Speed of Thinking
      3. Time Management = Motivation + Flow Management
    13. Educator Chapter 5: Agile and Adaptive Learning Project Methods
      1. How can Adaptive Methods Build Engagement, Discovery, and Motivation?
      2. Who and What “Drives” the Learning Project?
      3. Learning Project Approaches—Prescriptive and Exploratory
    14. Educator Chapter 6: Evaluating Projects—Products, Process, and Learning Progress
      1. How Should Learning Project Outcomes be Evaluated?
      2. The Three-Legged Stool of Project Evaluation
      3. Evaluating Product Results
      4. Evaluating Project Processes
      5. Evaluating Learning Progress
    15. Educator Chapter 7: The Future of Project Management in Education
      1. Project Management as a Bridge to 21st Century Education
    16. Project Bridges to 21st Century Learning
      1. A Learning Project Sampler
      2. Primary Grades 3–5: Art Exhibit Project
      3. Middle Grades 6–10: Olympic Stadium Design Project
      4. Secondary Grades 9–12: Managing Science and Engineering Projects
    17. Project Learning Resources
      1. Key Learning Project Components Review
      2. Project Management Pathways
      3. 21st Century Skills Descriptions
      4. Project Method Frameworks Comparisons
      5. Educational Research on Project Learning
      6. Recommended Resources and Guides
      7. Life, Learning, and Professional Project Glossary