Who We Are

Our 3P team strives to support teachers "beyond the classroom" as they implement high-quality, project-based learning experiences for their students. From engineering challenges to social impact projects, students in Muskegon County are not just LEARNING, they're DOING!

Learn About Our West Michigan GLSI Program

Elementary-Level Macroinvertebrate Study
Middle Schoolers Shoreline Restoration Project
North Muskegon High School Native Planting

What is 3P?

Place-Based Education

The process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts across curriculum, connecting student learning to real-world opportunities, challenges, and problems to solve.

Problem-Based Learning

A student centered approach in which complex real-world problems are used as the vehicle to promote student learning of concepts and principles.

Project-Based Learning

A teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

Place-Based Learning

Problem-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning

What are the Benefits of an Outdoor 'Classroom'?

Reeths-Puffer's Central Elementary staff and students share their vision for an outdoor pavilion that will serve as a 'classroom' to facilitate an educational space outside.

Muskegon State Park | Loss Lake Trail

See how Project-Based Learning makes curriculum come to life as the entire third-grade class at Reeths-Puffer Central Elementary School, almost 80 students, research and learn about frog species native to Michigan!

Amusement Park STEM Day | Michigan's Adventure 

Check out the incredible learning experience at Michigan’s Adventure STEM Adventure Day for middle school students using math and science in a real-world setting!

Meet Our 3P Team

3P Services & Methods

Our team is passionate about working with educators across local districts, equipping them with the tools necessary to transform learning beyond traditional methods.

  • Teachers will gain an understanding of the elements of high-quality 3P learning and attain instructional practices that support this vision.
  • Students will experience authentic standards-based learning experiences that allow for student voice and choice, feedback loops, and reflection.
  • Supporting teachers in enacting 3P classroom practice - such as a driving question board
  • Planning and supporting the implementation of 3P learning experience within classrooms
  • Aiding a school in designing and executing 3P focus across the curriculum
  • Teachers participate in summer institutes, dinner and dialogues, and carry out their projects which they celebrate at a youth exhibition of learning in May
  • Individual or group classroom teachers (grade level, department, etc.)
  • School building or district administrator
  • School building or district leadership team
  • Entire school building or district
  • Small group meeting facilitation
  • Small and large group trainings
  • Classroom observations and coaching
  • Modeling instructional practices within the classroom
  • Individual and small group student support
  • Collaboration with administrators or building leadership teams
  • Assist building and district level teams as a content expert
  • Small group planning with a teacher(s)
  • 1:1 consultation - phone, e-mail, in-person
  • Analyzing data with a teacher(s) or leadership team
  • Coordinating an event, activity, or collaboration

Networks Supported

Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
MiSTEM Network Greater West Michigan Region
West Michigan PBL Network
Henry Ford Learning Institute