PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for high-quality Project Based Learning (PBL), is expanding its selection of online offerings for teachers seeking to start or accelerate their use of Project Based Learning. Options include immersive 3-day workshops, 8-week courses, and 2-week “pop-up-projects” to do with your students. All are offered online and are easily accessible for teachers who can’t attend in-person because of their location, schedule or restrictions due to the pandemic.

The power of Project Based Learning is its ability to engage and inspire students, and now more than ever due to the pandemic, teachers are challenged to keep their students connected and engaged in their learning. PBLWorks is supporting educators by creating more opportunities to meet their needs for PBL professional development, especially those who are getting started on their own.

“We experienced extremely positive feedback this year for our online workshops and courses, with participants overwhelmingly saying they would recommend them to a colleague,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks. “By offering more online options in 2021, we’ll be able to help even more teachers implement Gold Standard PBL with their students, inside or outside of the classroom.”

PBLWorks’ online offerings for 2021 include:

3-Day Workshops – interactive and immersive workshops led by PBLWorks National Faculty members. Currently, online workshops are offered from February through August 2021. Workshops include:

PBL 101: An intro to PBL design

PBL 201: Improving the quality of student work

PBL 201: Equity & Gold Standard PBL

PBL Coaching Workshop

PBL Leadership

8-Week Courses Eight 90-minute online sessions facilitated by PBLWorks National Faculty members, plus independent work. The courses are offered quarterly. Optional graduate level professional development credits are available. Courses include:

Adapting your first PBL Project

Becoming a PBL teacher

Pop-up Projects – Participants join a cohort of teachers who will implement the same Gold Standard PBL project over a 2-week period. The projects, which can be used for any 3-12 grade level, are:

Humanities Project: Building New Worlds

STEM Project: Our Online Lives

For more information about PBLWorks’ online professional development options or to register for a course, visit https://www.pblworks.org/services/for-individuals.

About PBLWorks

PBLWorks (the brand name of the Buck Institute for Education) believes that all students – no matter where they live or what their background – should have access to quality Project Based Learning to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. Our focus is on building the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning, and on supporting school and system leaders in creating the conditions for these teachers to succeed with all students. For more information, visit www.pblworks.org.

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