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PBL 101 Workshops

3 days (consecutive) – up to 35 participants

PBL 101 is BIE’s foundational workshop based on our model of Gold Standard PBL. It provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to design, assess, and manage a rigorous, standards-based project. The workshop models the project process. Facilitated by one of BIE’s expert National Faculty, PBL 101 is a balanced blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback. Participants are actively engaged in project design, with the expectation that every teacher or teaching team will generate a project plan for their own use.

Sustained Support Visits

1 full day - up to 35 participants

On-site Sustained Support Visits help district and school leaders provide instructional leadership for PBL. These coaching visits are customized based on the needs of leaders related to strategic planning, building culture, capacity building, and continuous improvement. This service can be delivered to groups of leaders or individual leaders.

Project Slice

1 full day – up to 35 participants

A project slice demonstrates what it’s like to be a learner in Project Based Learning, by engaging participants in an immersive PBL experience — a “slice” of a project that models the key features of the PBL process. Schools and districts can use it to build shared understanding of PBL in a staff or school community.

Visioning Day

1 full day – up to 50 participants

The Visioning Day workshop focuses on helping the school and/or district articulate their overarching goals for PBL, explores areas for coherence and potential conflicts with other district initiatives and priorities, and establishes short, medium and long term goals. Participants should represent a diverse set of constituents, including teachers and leaders from each level across the school and/or district.

PBL School Assessment

The PBL School Assessment serves as a diagnostic review of a school’s readiness for implementing PBL. An experienced team of BIE staff and National Faculty members visits the school for two days to collect data through classroom observations, focus group and individual interviews, and a document review process. Additionally, school staff participate in an online survey to gauge their readiness for PBL and reflections about the school. The Assessment culminates in a thorough report, providing evidence collected by the review team and suggested next steps for the school.