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This two-day, interactive workshop sets the stage for successful implementation of digital-age PBL. Interest in project-based learning is accelerating globally, as schools seek instructional strategies that will develop students’ competencies as innovative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and skilled communicators. For teachers and school leaders who are new to PBL, this shift creates both opportunities and challenges.

Note: No prior experience or expertise is required. Participants will need to have a laptop the workshop

Limited to a maximum of 25 participants.

Who should attend

The workshop is appropriate for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, technology coordinators, and school leaders. Prior experience with PBL is not required; however, participants who do have PBL experience will have opportunities to deepen their practice.

Workshop Goals and Modules 

Participants will come away with a thorough understanding of best practices for project design and assessment, as well as integration of digital tools. They will gain confidence using protocols and routines that support student-centered learning and peer collaboration. Video case studies will help participants envision how day-to-day learning unfolds across the arc of a project–keeping student engagement high without sacrificing academic rigor.

Daily Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 am  – Coffee and refreshments
9:00 – 12:30  – Morning Session (including coffee break)
12:30 – 1:15 – Lunch
1:15 – 4:15  – Afternoon session (including coffee break)

Workshop Overview

Day one begins with collaborative inquiry to explore key questions, such as: What are the characteristics of high-quality PBL? What’s the difference between projects and PBL? Where do we find good project ideas? What can we learn from PBL veterans? How can we do PBL without sacrificing content goals? In the afternoon, participants will apply their understanding in a rapid design process to begin generating their own ideas.

Day two will go from rough idea to fully developed PBL plan. Focus on project management strategies, formative assessment, peer collaboration protocols, and connections with experts and audiences beyond the classroom will prepare participants for successful project implementation with their students.

Session Leader


Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. She is one of the leading instructors on
Project-Based Learning. She is a member of the Buck Institute for Education’s National Faculty. She is the author of 10 popular books for educators, several of them are the leading
books on Project-Based Learning. Her most recent books are Project-Based Teaching: How to Create Rigorous and Engaging Learning Experiences (published by ASCD) and Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, 3rd Ed. (published by ISTE). She collaborated with award-winning teacher Stephen Ritz to tell his inspiring story about classroom innovation in The Power of a Plant. A regular contributor to Edutopia and frequent conference presenter, she consults with schools around the world interested in shifting to a more student-centered, innovative approach to teaching and learning. Suzie is also a Board member of Consilience.

Cancellation Policy: All registrations are final and non-refundable. Registration is, however, transferrable. If you cannot make it to the event, please find a colleague to attend in your place.

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