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About the Partnership

Wake Forest School of Medicine's Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning (CERTL) and the University of Texas at Dallas School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Institute for Instructional Excellence (IIE) have been working independently for decades to promote inquiry-based models of instruction that improve student performance. As leaders in their respective fields, CERTL has used Problem-Based Learning to motivate acquisition of new knowledge, while IIE has promoted a guided Project-Based Learning approach to create authentic, student-driven learning.

Fortunately, where so many educators settle for an either/or approach to PBL, CERTL Director, Dr. Stan Hill, and IIE Director, Dr. Joseph Ferrara are promoting a different vision. Convinced that both Inquiry-Based Learning models have the power to transform student learning and performance, they have combined their respective programs to provide educators stronger and more flexible ways to help students achieve. 

In partnership, WAKE/UTD PBL is now the leading resource for schools and districts that want to systematically move teacher practice to include Problem and Project-Based Learning. Our professional development is interactive and implementation-focused, and our resources allow teachers to choose the problem or project-based cases that best fit their needs.  Contact us to learn more about our approach and to find out how we can customize support for your school or district.


"I was trained in PBL when I moved to Winston Salem, NC, and I have been using it in my classroom ever since. It is an excellent way to foster critical thinking. Teaching students to problem-solve provides them with essential 21st century skills." - Denise Brodeur

How Can We Help You

Contact Us:

Mailing Address:
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston Salem, NC 27157

Physical Address:
Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education
475 Vine Street

Winston Salem, NC 27101

Phone: 336.713.2708
Email: wfpbl@wakehealth.edu