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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 (TIIE) 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 TIIE 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 TIIE 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.


"Problem Based Learning is a staple in my teaching and you can see pieces of the methodology in almost everything I do. It's not a program or a panacea, but a method of teaching that gives every student valuable life-long skills." - Sam Walker, Technology Facilitator Morgan Elementary, 2010 NC Technology Educator of the Year

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

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