PBL

Project-Based Learning

 

Are your students building knowledge and skills for the modern world through deeper learning?

 

PD for teachers, school, and district leaders

Grow student thinking and learning aligned with your content standards and/or skills using the TeachThought PBL Model.

Our Workshops

Available Online or On-Site

Foundations of PBL

3 Day On-Site Workshop – Teachers learn how to design and plan quality PBL, build in meaningful assessment, and employ strategies for management of the process. Participants will engage in increasing levels of peer critique throughout the workshop. Deliverable: creation of a project for classroom implementation.

2 Day On-Site Workshop – Teachers learn how to design and plan quality PBL and build in meaningful assessment practices. Participants will engage in increasing levels of peer critique throughout the workshop. Deliverable: creation of a project for classroom implementation.

1 Day On-Site Workshop – Learn the basics of PBL and how it can help you and your school move students from consumers to creators to contributors. This workshop usually allows for project ideation and sets participants up for project development as next steps.

Online Virtual Coaching Approach – Starting point: small groups (1-5) of teachers engaging in 4 hours of Virtual Coaching via Hangouts or Skype to build capacity on the basics of PBL. This can be a great option for small schools or groups.

*these options are to be viewed as starting points, contact us for modified approaches to best fit your needs.

Advanced • Leadership & Coaching • Continued Growth & Support Options:

District or School Partnership – Sustainably innovate and transform your school(s) with a multi-year plan that aligns with your Mission/Purpose and Vision and includes expertise from the wide spectrum of TeachThought leadership and facilitators.

Next-level PBL – Already built a PBL foundation? Take your PBL to the next level with more sophisticated project design, assessment and culture.

Internal Sustainability Coaching – develop internal resources to sustain and grow PBL by leveraging internal teacher-leaders and coaches.

Getting High Quality Presentations from Students – Are you ready to ramp up communication in your classroom? This workshop will empower teachers with resources and strategies to foster communication skills and get the most out of student presentations. Teachers will leave with an actionable plan for high quality presentations.

On-Site Support Visits – our PBL Specialists work in partnership with your teachers and leaders to refine and tune projects and PBL understanding, observe teaching and learning and provide feedback, and reflect and revise for future project implementation.

Leader Scheduled Virtual Visits – a great way to reduce travel costs, these sessions allow our PBL Specialists to do much of the same work as on-site visits via Google Hangouts or Skype.

Teacher Scheduled Virtual Office Hours – teachers or leaders can connect with their PBL Specialist/Facilitator to for help as the needs arise instead of having to wait until the next scheduled PD day.

Developing Sustainable PBL

1 Day On-Site Workshop – Engaging with the PBL process, school leaders and stakeholders will design a sustainable PBL implementation plan for their school or district. Using this approach leaders will develop a deeper understanding of the basics of quality PBL and how to align this work around Mission/Purpose and Vision. Recommended as a starting point prior to capacity building Foundations of PBL Workshops for teachers. This workshop is most impactful when including key administrators and teacher-leaders as well as community business and industry partners and even students.

Foundations of PBL Online

A benefit of shifting professional learning to the online setting allows us to further personalize the work to meet your needs. For example, the content of our 3 Day Online Workshop can be structured to take place over a week or more and doesn’t necessarily need to occur in full-day sessions. Some schools choose to have teachers engage in morning group sessions with “office hours” for individual or small group coaching conversations as participants work through the process of creating a project for classroom implementation. Contact us to learn more and develop a personalized plan to meet your schedule and needs. 

3 Day Online Workshop – Teachers learn how to design and plan quality PBL, build in meaningful assessment, and employ strategies for management of the process. Participants will engage in increasing levels of peer critique throughout the workshop. Deliverable: creation of a project for classroom implementation.

2 Day Online Workshop – Teachers learn how to design and plan quality PBL and build in meaningful assessment practices. Participants will engage in increasing levels of peer critique throughout the workshop. Deliverable: creation of a project for classroom implementation.

1 Day Online Workshop – Learn the basics of PBL and how it can help you and your school move students from consumers to creators to contributors. This workshop usually allows for project ideation and sets participants up for project development as next steps.

PBL On Demand

3 Part Video Series – Our PBL On Demand Videos are meant to help you build foundational knowledge and understanding on your schedule!

Each of the three parts can be viewed asynchronously with the option for a live/synchronous followup video chat session to explore your questions, reflections, and to deepen your understanding.

Presented by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD, architect of the TeachThought PBL Model, and Foundations of PBL Workshop designer and facilitator.

Personalize your experience by selecting one, two, or all three parts along with a live coaching conversation or choose the purely asynchronous option.

One-hour individual coaching conversation sessions to help you deepen your PBL understanding.

Because these are individual, one-on-one, sessions the content will be determined by your needs and questions. The most common content for each one-hour session is:

  • Unpack and explore the TeachThought PBL Model
  • Better understand the dynamic of “pull teaching”
  • Learn how to write and effectively use Driving Questions

And we’ll discuss your questions about PBL!

One-hour individual coaching conversation sessions to help you deepen your PBL understanding.

Because these are individual, one-on-one, sessions the content will be determined by your needs and questions. The most common content for each one-hour session is:

  • Learn how “pull teaching” and PBL helps create problem solvers
  • Unpack and explore the TeachThought PBL Model
  • Analyze the questions important to PBL implementation

And we’ll discuss your questions about PBL!

Thank you for changing the way I teach!

-Jana McCarthy, elementary teacher

Thank you so much for giving us (the teachers) the tools to make real education happen! Finally!

-Amy Guier, middle school english teacher

This is a must-attend workshop. It really changed my perspective on what exactly I should be teaching through my content.

-Philip Ellis, high school science teacher

We were constantly engaged in group activities and discussion/dialogue. Excellent trainer with a lot of knowledge and understanding about PBL, it took me out of my comfort zone!

-Shafaq Imran, teacher

Thank you very much. I have a new "light" on how to get my students to think on their own and at a deeper level.

-Morgan Payton, middle school ELA teacher

The content is excellent and the presenter was highly effective.

-Jim Whitaker, high school social studies teacher

This is effective and worthwhile professional development.

-Emilie Clemmens, math teacher and curriculum coordinator

I enjoyed the workshop. I am able to use what I learned in my classroom!

-Tonya Jones, elementary teacher

Well designed learning presentations and activities...wonderful enriching learning activity.

-Marlene Burek, Manager of Special Education

Fantastic job facilitating a super helpful workshop. I hope to have an opportunity to attend a TeachThought PD again soon!

-Leann Turner, agriculture sciences teacher

Excellent training, built confidence in teachers to further become facilitators of student learning!

-Ron Lockhart, high school math teacher

I found this to be more informative and useful than any other PD I've participated in.

-Deborah Shirley, Elementary Teacher

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