the center of excellence for research, teaching and learning (certl) at wake forest school of medicine promotes an inquiry-based model of instruction to improve the performance of k-12 students through problem- and project-based learning cases in stem topics that motivate the acquisition of new knowledge. with a range of programs, from training educators to student mentoring, this student-driven approach creates an authentic learning environment that connects core classroom curriculum to the real world.

certl is a leading resource for schools and districts that want to systematically move teacher practice to include problem- and project-based learning (pbl). 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.

for more than 20 years, certl has used pbl to improve the quality of stem education for k-12 students. currently, certl offers:

  • training for k-12 teachers in pbl methodology
  • pbl enrichment programs for k-12 students
  • a library of problem- and project-based learning cases for all grade levels

to date, certl has trained more than 2,500 teachers across a number of states and 12 countries.


case repository access 

access to certl’s case repository has transitioned to a google drive format that provides access to all k-12 math, science and english language arts cases.  please contact kelsey canovai at for access.