Project Based Learning Professional Development

Available Online or On-Site

 

ThoughtStretchers Education helps educators integrate PBL in their classrooms and schools through a range of project based learning professional development (PD) options for teachers and school and district leaders skills using the ThoughtStretchers PBL Model.

 

Workshops – Foundations of Project Based Learning On-Site or Online

 

3-Day Workshop

Teachers learn how to design and plan quality project based learning, build meaningful assessments, and employ strategies for the management of the process. Participants will engage in increasing levels of peer critique throughout the workshop.

Deliverable: The creation of a project for classroom implementation. Online schedules may be personalized for delivery to meet your needs.

2-Day Workshop

Teachers learn how to design and plan quality project based learning and build meaningful assessment practices. Participants will engage in increasing levels of peer critique throughout the workshop.

Deliverable: creation of a project for classroom implementation. Online schedules may be personalized for delivery to meet your needs.

1-Day Workshop

Learn the fundamental concepts of project based learning and how it can help you and your school grow critical thinkers and problem-solvers better prepared for the modern world.

AI-Powered PBL

This highly interactive workshop merges the power of Generative AI with Project Based Learning. Available in both online and onsite formats, with flexible 2 or 3-day sessions, this workshop is designed to accommodate diverse professional development needs. Participants will build a strong foundation in both PBL and AI and progress through deep project development to strategic implementation. Structured for hands-on learning and practical application, the workshop empowers educators to effectively integrate AI strategies into their PBL design and teaching practices.

Day One: Building the Foundation

  • Introduction to the ThoughtStretchers PBL Framework
  • Overview of Generative AI and Its Applications in Education
  • Applying Practical AI Strategies to Develop a Project Draft
  • Peer and Generative AI Project Feedback and Revisions

Day Two: Digging Deeper

  • Digging Deeper with PBL: Scaffolding & Assessment
  • AI-Powered Project Development Time: In-Depth Project Planner
  • Additional Opportunity for Feedback and Refinement

 

Day Three: Taking Action to Gain Traction 

  • AI-Assisted Resource Creation to Support Project Plans
  • Identifying Key Strategies to Support Sustained Success with Project Implementation: Management & Culture

Developing Sustainable Project Based Learning (for Leadership)

1 Day Workshop – Engaging with the PBL process, school leaders and stakeholders will design a sustainable implementation plan for their school or district. Using this approach leaders will develop a deeper understanding of the basics of quality project based learning and how to align this work around mission and vision. Recommended as a starting point before our capacity-building Foundations of Project Based Learning qorkshops 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.

PBL On Demand Online Course

This can be a great option for small schools or groups with limited budgets. Our PBL On-Demand course is meant to help you build foundational knowledge and understanding on your schedule with the option to build on that learning with a live follow-up Q&A coaching conversation!

Presented by Drew Perkins, Director of ThoughtStretchers Education, architect of the ThoughtStretchers PBL Model, and Foundations of Project Based Learning Workshop designer and facilitator. Each of the thirteen PBL content modules includes short videos and quizzes to be taken asynchronously on your schedule. You’ll also have the option to schedule a live/synchronous follow-up video chat session to explore your questions and reflections to deepen your understanding.

 

Having talked with most of the people present, we all felt the PD went extraordinarily well–far exceeding expectations. The information you presented was impactful and helped us deepen our perspective and thinking about the process here at St. Laurence. Further, we all felt that your personality and approach are a tremendous fit for our community and are very excited to have you back to work with our full staff. After 20 years in education, I often have wide ranging feelings about PD and presenters. But it was truly a great experience Drew.

-Brian, Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction

This PBL workshop really helped me understand the process of PBL because we were immersed in the process of PBL and doing the things we were being taught to apply throughout the whole three days. We created our own need to know lists, Dori did an amazing job using questions to drive our learning, we also were able to instantly put to practice everything we were learning about after the inspiration given by our facilitator.

-Jaycie, pre-k or elementary school teacher

I really enjoyed this workshop as a 3rd year teacher because it opened my horizon on new things to do in the classroom. John also demonstrated most of the things he talked about which made it even better to remember.

-Ebonie Thomas, middle school teacher

I have already reached out to our district coordinator and requested more workshops from ThoughtStretchers.

-Elizabeth MacQuigg, middle school teacher

You will leave this workshop overflowing with ideas, technologies, and strategies that you can implement in your classroom on Monday morning!

-Thomas, HS teacher

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 ThoughtStretchers Education workshop 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

Get in touch:
502 373-0040
drew@thoughtstretchers.org

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