June 24-26, 2024, Louisville, KY

Our 5th Annual PBL Grow Event Returns!

June 24-26, downtown Louisville, KY!

Join educators from around the world to grow your teaching craft in an intimate and unique setting!

Just as with prior years, PBL Grow 24 will be centered around our popular Foundations of Project Based Learning Workshop and held at the amazing Lynn Family Soccer Stadium (Fifth Third Club Room), home of Racing Louisville FC and Louisville City FC Soccer teams!

We’ve been excited and honored by the growth of this open-registration professional learning event that has drawn pre-k to post-secondary educators from right here in Kentucky and across the US to places as far as Cambodia, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea!

Looking for a more intimate and affordable alternative to big summer PBL conferences? Join us for this 2.5-day workshop to recharge, grow, and create in the heart of bourbon country! Grow your teaching craft through project-based learning! You’ll leave with a project for implementation in your setting.

Read: What To Expect From A ThoughtStretchers Education PBL Workshop

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Please email community@thoughtstretchers.org or call 502 373-0040 with questions.

*Please note, this event will include a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 40. We will notify registrants by June 1st or before if we don’t anticipate reaching the minimum number of 10 registrations. We recommend waiting to purchase any non-refundable travel accommodations until receiving notification. All registration fees will be fully refunded in the event we do not reach that minimum number.


PBL Day 1 – June 24


Focus: Project Design & Planning

You’ll start the day diving into the foundations of PBL and effective project design. Make meaning of the ThoughtStretchers 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.

PBL Day 2 – June 25


Focus: Project Scaffolding & Assessment

Today 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“.

PBL Day 3 – June 26


Focus: Project Implementation & Management

As you head into the homestretch of project development 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 morning work with a tuning protocol to help you give and get peer feedback deepening your understanding of PBL.

Drew Perkins

Drew Perkins

Director, ThoughtStretchers Education PD

As ThoughtStretcher’s Director of Professional Development and co-host of the ThoughtStretchers Education 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 (now PBL Workds) and the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning, he has designed and contributed to several PBL models, including the ThoughtStretchers Education PBL Model. Drew continues to deliver professional development and speak internationally. 


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The connections I made with other like-minded teachers from various parts of the world will create powerful learning experiences for our students. We can't wait to see what global PBL collaboration might look like!

-Rachel Kinsey, MS teacher

Great experience; I expected to find roadblocks in the development of PBL products within Mathematics. I now understand the use of PBL.

-Nello Thomas, Math Department Chair

I had an amazing time.

-Samantha Rankin, Vice-Principal

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

Last Year's PBL Grow 23

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