TeachThought PBL Grow 18

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Join international educators, innovators, best-selling authors, and master PBL facilitators!

TEACHERS >> Grow your Foundations of PBL by designing a project ready for implementation in your classroom!

LEADERS >> Learn how to grow and sustain PBL in your school or district!


Registration deadline extended!

Register Your Group For These Discounts:
$375 – Group of 5 or more, TeachThought PBL Grow 18 (July 9-11).
$550 – Group of 5 or more, PBL Grow 18 plus DI in PBL (July 9-12).

Eventbrite - TeachThought PBL Grow 18

Questions? Email us at grow@teachthought.com or call 502 373-0040!

Day One - July 9th

Day One - July 9th

Focus: Project Design

You’ll start the day with a unique keynote that will get your creative juices flowing before diving into the foundations of PBL and effective project design. Make meaning of the TeachThought PBL Design Levers like “Rich Inquiry” as you explore the critical pedagogical relationship between your Driving Question and the Need to Knows that align with your content and skills. Begin your project ideation and development before getting some peer feedback to help you refine your thinking.

Day Two - July 10th

Day Two - July 10th

Focus: Project Assessment

After another remarkable keynote that will push you to think differently about teaching and learning you’ll collaborate with your peers to explore and deepen your understanding of “Meaningful Assessment” in PBL.  Grading? Presentations? Products? Rubrics? Yes to that and more! As you start to scaffold and sequence your project you’ll get coaching and feedback to help ensure students are learning through the project. Before the day ends you’ll get more peer feedback as you refine your project towards “Craftsmanship“.

Day Three - July 11th

Day Three - July 11th

Focus: Project Management

Energize your brain with another extraordinary educator keynote as you head into the homestretch of project development. Today you’ll refine your project design with practical activities examining PBL management issues like student grouping, accountability for individuals/teams, and tools to help keep your project flowing and growing the “Aligned Thinking and Learning” you’re after. Finish your day with a tuning protocol to help you give and get peer feedback deepening your understanding of PBL.

Day Four - July 12th

Day Four - July 12th

Focus: Differentiation in PBL

Take advantage of this (new this year!) optional 4th day at the nearby Muhammad Ali Center to extend your PBL with a focus on differentiation. Facilitated by best-selling author of So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide to Differentiation, John McCarthy, you’ll learn strategies for the 6 Elements of DI (Content, Process, Product, Readiness, Interests, and Learning Preferences) in your project. This day can be added in registration as an extension or a stand-alone for those who already have some PBL experience.

What did last year's participants have to say?

See More of #Grow17

You need to go to this training. It is a transformational experience.

-Eric Terrell, MS math teacher

If you are ready to change students' lives come to this conference.

-Deana Ellis, lower school technology and science teacher

It was a great event that is empowering to teachers.

-Kara Owens, elementary teacher

I would encourage others to go if there is a #Grow18.

-Grace Nafziger, HS science teacher

If we are going to do what is best for students and have their learning be authentic, this training is essential!

-Dylan Wince, social studies teacher

Go, go, go!

-Stephanie Hansen, HS history teacher

Had the opportunity to start interdisciplinary planning because PBL starts to open your eyes to cross curriculum work that you don't realize exist until you are seeing all the ideas on the table!

-Jeff Bracken, high school social studies teacher

I had already developed a good mindset, but this event will help me make it happen in our school. PBL is about learning and growing and connecting with the world, and that is what I want for our students.

-Elizabeth Butler Hinkebein, librarian

This was the best professional development opportunity I have had in years. I left feeling inspired, encouraged, and challenged and I truly believe having a greater understanding of PBL has changed the way I will teach.

-Sarah Harris, 3rd grade teacher

From the greeting committee the first day throughout the workshop, everyone was focused on sharing ideas and developing a deeper understanding of PBL.

-Dirk Fogg, Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

Grow 18 Facilitators

Dayna Laur

Dayna Laur

Author and Master PBL Facilitator

Co-author of Developing Natural Curiosity Through Project-Based Learning, Dayna is a twice Nationally Board Certified teacher and holds degrees from VA Tech, the University of Pittsburgh, and Wilkes University. Her nearly 20 years of educational experience began in the classroom as a high school social studies teacher where she taught AP classes and in special education co-taught environments. During her classroom tenure, she received numerous awards including Civics Teacher of the Year, was featured in Edutopia’s Schools that Work series, and participated in the Classrooms for the Future initiative that promoted technology integration into core content areas. Additionally, she was the Career Academy Coordinator for Health Sciences and Human Services.

Dayna has partnered with districts from all over the United States, Australia, and China to focus on creating innovative learning environments. Her passion is connecting learners to authentic work, a topic she pioneered in her 2013 book, Authentic Learning Experiences: A Real-World Approach to PBL. She frequently presents on the topics of authenticity, PBL, technology integration, assessment, creativity, and STEAM. You can also find her work on Lynda.com, where she designs online learning experiences for educators.

Drew Perkins

Drew Perkins

Director of Professional Development

As TeachThought’s Director of Professional Development and co-host of the TeachThought Podcast Drew helps design and deliver workshops and learning both on-site and virtually as well as coordinating PD work with our other Specialists. A graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Political Science in three years, he was decidedly against the idea of being a teacher. With a mother and grandmother both educators, a stint as a substitute teacher lured him back to earn a teaching certificate in secondary social studies. Thus began a journey that includes 15 years in the classroom and leadership in Michigan, California, Texas and most recently Kentucky and spanned middle and high school, Special Education to Advanced Placement and basketball and golf coaching.

Formerly with the Buck Institute for Education and the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning he has designed and contributed to several PBL models, including the TeachThought PBL Model. Drew continues to deliver professional development and speak at conferences and events around the country. He has been referred to as a professional thought stretcher due to his emphasis on leading through inquiry and questioning.

John McCarthy Ed.S.

John McCarthy Ed.S.

Workshop Facilitator

John McCarthy, Ed.S. has been an advocate for student voice in their learning his entire career. Teacher, Consultant, Cognitive Coach, and Learner–John supports school cultures on improving teacher and learner capacity with instructional practices, including Differentiation, Personalization, Blended Learning, Project-Based Learning, Authentic Learning Experiences, Formative Assessment Practices, and Instructional Use of Technology. John writes articles regularly for various education publications that are widely shared by educators to educators and is the author of, So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide to Differentiation, published in early 2017.

John has successfully helped teachers and administrators find the capacity and talent within themselves to design and implement structures that benefits students taking more ownership of their learning. He helps them connect pedagogical concepts into practical skill sets for successful implementation. He works with schools across the United States, Australia and Asia.


Richard E. Darshwood

Richard E. Darshwood

Magician – Hypnotist – Speaker

Richard E. Darshwood is a highly charismatic performer who has perplexed and amazed many notable celebrities such as film-maker Martin Scorsese, Grammy Winner Miranda Lambert, Super Bowl Champion Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers and many more with his delightfully animated personality, witty antics and clever tricks.

His natural ability to fully captivate every audience he encounters has earned him two consecutive People’s Choice Awards from the International Brotherhood of Magicians and is precisely why he is affectionately known as “The Charming Trickster, himself.”

A recent graduate of The McBride School of Magic and Mystery in Las Vegas – where he also received training from several of the world’s leading stage hypnotists – he is now certified by the American Alliance of Hypnotists and is currently focusing on the study of social engineering with The Art of Charm Academy in Los Angeles, CA.

He has appeared on several network-affiliated television programs, performed in venues across the country (including Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas) and served as an honorary representative for The United States at the international magic festival, “IndiaJaal“, which was sponsored by Asia’s very first Academy of Magical Sciences in 2011.

In addition to performing as a strolling and stage entertainer, Darshwood is also well known for his thrilling key notes and lectures, motivational talks and developmental workshops for professionals who are eager to learn the magician’s secrets to attract, engage and influence ANYONE.

Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

KY Teacher of the Year - CEO/founder of Curio Learning

After a decade in the classroom, Lamb-Sinclair’s teaching career took a strong turn left. She submitted a proposal to Redesign Challenge, a project through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which asked educators to offer solutions to problems in education. Her idea was an app to help teachers discover new ideas, curate them in a personalized way, and collaborate with other educators in order to grow as professionals, as well as, to better serve students. Her idea was selected and offered the opportunity attend Innovator’s Weekend in Washington D.C., where she created the first prototype through the design thinking process. The seeds for Curio Learning were planted and Ashley’s teaching career has taken an entrepreneurial turn for the better.

Since the Redesign Challenge, Ashley was honored as the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. In that role, she served as Teacher in Residence for the Kentucky Department of Education, co-founded multiple statewide projects including KYEdPolicy.org, Policy Together, and The Courier Journal Classroom Connections; as well as co-founding a national teacher led organization called Protect Public Ed. As Kentucky Teacher of the Year, she was accepted to the Spotify for Education Advisory Board and received an EF Education First scholarship to study the education system in Finland with other educators. Prior to her honor as Kentucky Teacher of the Year, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Thailand and Vietnam and an English Speaking Union Scholarship to study creative writing at Exeter College at the University of Oxford. She is a contributing writer to the Atlantic and the Washington Post, among other publications and has been teaching secondary English and creative writing for twelve years.

Jesse Stommel

Jesse Stommel

Jesse Stommel is Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington. He is also Co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology. Jesse is a documentary filmmaker and teaches courses about digital pedagogy, film, and new media. Jesse experiments relentlessly with learning interfaces, both digital and analog, and works in his research and teaching to emphasize new forms of collaboration. He’s got a rascal pup, Emily, and two clever cats, Loki and Odin. He’s online at jessestommel.com and on Twitter @Jessifer.

Hotel and Travel Information

Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown

101 East Jefferson
Louisville, KY 40202
*8 blocks from venue with shuttle service
complimentary hot breakfast

Or call the hotel directly at 502-585-2200, and ask for the TeachThought group to receive the special discount.

Louisville Marriott Downtown

100 S 2nd St
Louisville, KY 40202
*4 blocks from venue with shuttle service
*no complimentary breakfast

Or call the hotel directly at 502-562-0200, and ask for the TeachThought group to receive the special discount.


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