WHO IS IT FOR?
The workshop is appropriate for classroom teachers (grades 3-12), instructional coaches, technology coordinators, and school leaders. Prior experience with PBL is not required; however, participants who do have PBL experience will have opportunities to deepen their practice.
This two-day, interactive workshop sets the stage for successful implementation of digital-age PBL. Participants will come away with a thorough understanding of best practices for project design and assessment, as well as integration of digital tools. They will gain confidence using protocols and routines that support student-centered learning and peer collaboration. Video case studies will help participants envision how day-to-day learning unfolds across the arc of a project–keeping student engagement high without sacrificing academic rigor.
Day one begins with a collaborative inquiry to explore key questions, such as: What are the characteristics of high-quality PBL? What’s the difference between projects and PBL? Where do we find good project ideas? What can we learn from PBL veterans? How can we do PBL without sacrificing content goals? In the afternoon, participants will apply their understanding in a rapid design process to begin generating their own ideas.
Day two will go from a rough idea to a fully developed PBL plan. Focus on project management strategies, formative assessment, peer collaboration protocols, and connections with experts and audiences beyond the classroom will prepare participants for successful project implementation with their students.