Active Learning Resources

Active Learning Resources

NDPC Materials

The 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention Online Courses: Overview Course. (2017). National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.

The 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention Online Courses: Active Learning. (2017). National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.

Talking Student Engagement. (2017). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Four Overview Perspectives on Engaging Students. (2016).  Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Using Social Media to Engage Learners. (2015). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Making Sense of the Evidence: A Review of Dropout Prevention Strategies. (2014). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

The 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention. (2011). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Project-Based Learning: A Working Model for Student Engagement. (2011). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Graduation and Collaboration Coaches: Working Effectively Together. (2009). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Service-Learning: A Dropout Prevention Strategy and MORE!. (2009).  Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Keeping Youth In School – How Service-Learning Can Help!. (2008).  Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Smink, J., & Schargel, F. P. (Eds.). (2004). Helping Students Graduate: A Strategic Approach To Dropout Prevention. Larchmont, NY : Eye On Education.

Duckenfield, M., & Wright, J. N. (2001). Pocket Guide to Service-Learning. Linking Learning with Life Series.

Shirley, L. (1998). Pocket Guide to Multiple Intelligences. Clemson, SC : National Dropout Prevention Center.


Edwards, S. (2015). Active Learning in the Middle Grades.

Project-Based Learning: Explained (video). (2010).

Pauley, J. A., Bradley, D. F., & Pauley, J. F. (2002).Here’s how to reach me: Matching instruction to personality types in your classroom. Baltimore : Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co..

Nagel, J., & Smith, P. (2001). The art of personalized learningNASSP News, 2(3) .

Wilson, D., & Conyers, M. (2000). Courageous learners: Unleashing the brain power of students from at-risk situations. Winter Park, FL : BrainSmart.

Waxman, H. C., Walker de Felix, J., Anderson, J. E., & Baptiste, H. P. (1992).  Students at risk in at-risk schools: Improving environments for learning. Newbury Park, CA : Corwin Press.

Texas Education Agency (1989). Learning styles of at-risk youth: A schoolwide study skills program. Austin, TX : Texas Education Agency.


Air Quality Curriculum Project – PBL Resources

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
a unique international, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of professional educators whose jobs cross all grade levels and subject areas – founded in 1943, with the mission to forge covenants in teaching and learning for the success of all learners

Catapult Learning – Making Your Classroom Lessons Breathable
An article from Catapult Learning lays out an example of ways to facilitate active learning by “making your classroom lessons breathable”.

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligence

National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE)
a nonprofit membership association of educators, businesses, and community leaders founded in 1971; serves as a national resource center for the development and improvement of experiential education programs nationwide

PBL Checklists

PBL-Online Video Library

Project-Based Learning

The Project Approach

“Schools are Missing What Matters About Learning” (7/24/17, Kaufman)
The article points to curiosity as being underemphasized across the board in today’s learning environments. Several additional resources are cited for more information on the topic, including Susan Engel’s book, The Hungry Mind. Good active learning strategies capitalize and build on students’ intellectual curiosity, thereby more actively engaging those learners for present and future learning.