THE MISSION

Educating 1.3 billion youth across the globe for success in life and work in the new world of the 21st century requires teachers and leaders capable of integrating project based learning, innovation and collaboration, social-emotional strengths, and inquiry-based education into a deeper learning model that engages, informs, challenges, and inspires today’s students. Reaching that audience through the most powerful online social learning courses available, with content shaped by 20+ years’ experience in training and school redesign, represents the core mission at PBL Global.

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THE PBL GLOBAL Approach

PBL Global’s approach to educational transformation includes sharing a powerful, field-tested model of project based learning (PBL) that invites inquiry, innovation, creativity, and intellectual depth. This model aligns with a systematic redesign of schools and learning environments by integrating PBL with a high performance culture, whole child principles, teacher discovery and empowerment, teaching and assessment of 21st century skills, an inquiry-based curriculum, design thinking, and use of digital resources for teacher and student collaboration ...

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PBL Global’s Transforming Learning Through Inquiry-Based Teaching courses are designed to fully prepare educators for 21st Century instruction and inquiry-based classrooms.

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PBL Global’s approach to educational transformation includes sharing a powerful, field-tested model of project based learning (PBL) that invites inquiry, innovation, creativity, and intellectual depth. This model aligns with a systematic redesign of schools and learning environments by integrating PBL with a high performance culture, whole child principles, teacher discovery and empowerment, teaching and assessment of 21st century skills, an inquiry-based curriculum, design thinking, and use of digital resources for teacher and student collaboration. Sign up your school or district for the most powerful Online Courses in inquiry and PBL available anywhere. Schedule a creative professional learning experience with Onsite Coaching. Or use Virtual Coaching to advise and train teachers anywhere in the world! ...

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Use Thom Markham and his team to bring in depth knowledge of PBL and inquiry to your school, district, or network. Combine with virtual support and online courses to design a strategic professional learning plan. Our approach is to work with you to offer a personalized, customized training approach to PBL and inquiry that fits the culture and needs of your school and teachers. There is nothing ‘cookie-cutter’ about our workshops; we focus on working collegially to help educators develop the skillset, mindset, and belief system required to be an effective 21st century teacher ...

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    How does Project Based Learning differ from 'projects?' How do you engage today's students in relevant, authentic learning tasks? How do you turn group work into effective teamwork? How do you teach and assess 21st century skills? How do you design critical inquiry and problem solving into the heart of your projects? How do you design innovative projects that help students take on community issues and global concerns?
Edgeucation Blog

A blog dedicated to rethinking education and redefining smart in a global world.

What is ‘High Quality’ PBL?

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” –        Friedrich Nietzsche This may be the first time in history that Nietzsche’s philosophy has been applied to Project Based Learning (PBL), but it’s a perfect starting point for discussing a … Continue reading What is ‘High Quality’ PBL?

31 March

How to Coach PBL Teachers to Succeed

As PBL continues its trajectory toward becoming the majority method of instruction, another job not yet invented will come to the fore: The PBL Coach. In some form, this job exists now.  But the position is filled primarily by teachers who succeeded at PBL in their classroom or instructional coaches recruited from traditional classrooms who … Continue reading How to Coach PBL Teachers to Succeed

29 March

Navigating Chaos: The New 21st Century Skill

The problem with the 21st century is that it won’t stand still. Just when the goal came into focus—get students ready to be ‘globally competitive’ and prepare them for ‘tomorrow’s world’ by teaching problem solving, collaboration, communication, and design skills—the planet decides to accelerate into its next phase. A confluence of events is laying this … Continue reading Navigating Chaos: The New 21st Century Skill

18 February

The Innovation to Drive Innovation: Scaling Inquiry

After watching her deeply engaged students and teachers gather in celebration after an inspiring project showcase last fall, a proud elementary school Principal—the new head of a school that had underperformed for years—exclaimed to me: “Every teacher needs to learn how to do this!” In another school, a 6th grade science teacher related how multiples … Continue reading The Innovation to Drive Innovation: Scaling Inquiry

18 February
PBL Tools

With PBL Tools, you will find all the essential tools for designing, managing, and assessing your projects. The folders include Project Planning Forms, tips on creating Driving Questions, rubrics for 21st century skills assessment, and methods for creating high performing student teams.

Feel free to download, use, and share these tools with your colleagues. Also, check back occasionally, as I do update the folders with new materials that you may find useful.

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  • Excellent workshop – both hands and heads-on! Teachers left with a work plan to use PBL strategies the very next day in their classrooms. Thom has an amazing ability to read his audience and tailor
    Director, e-Learning & Strategic Initiatives
    New Brunswick Department of Education
    New Brunswick, Canada
  • Olds High School has had a four year working relationship with Thom Markham as we have made the transition to a flexible learning community and new campus. Thom is one of the most skilled facilitators
    Principal
    Olds High School
    Olds, Alberta, Canada
  • Dr. Markham has been instrumental in helping our STEM Academy prepare students for achieving our district’s vision. A major part of our success has been the teacher coaching provided by Dr. Markham.
    Director, Career and Technical Education
    Northwest ISD
    Fort Worth, TX
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