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.

How PBL Educates the Whole Child

Over the past decade and a half, I’ve seen how well executed project based learning (PBL) can provide a joyful learning experience for students. Joy is not our number one standard, I realize, but when projects offer the right mix of challenge, engagement, and personalized support, blended with a motivating, meaningful learning experience that reaches … Continue reading How PBL Educates the Whole Child

29 August

Ten Keys to High Performance Teams

Not every student needs to prepare for a Google-like workplace. And, as popular as STEM is presently, most students don’t want to become software engineers or scientists. But every student, in any job, will collaborate as a member of a team. I once talked with a student who told me he wanted to be a … Continue reading Ten Keys to High Performance Teams

29 August

Ten Tips for Better PBL

Meeting Common Core Standards requires more emphasis on inquiry and project based learning (PBL.) Increasingly, in the 2012 -2013 school year, teachers will be asked to design and implement high quality, student-focused projects that help students go deeper into subjects, think harder, and perform better. Teachers with experience in ‘doing projects’ often feel that they … Continue reading Ten Tips for Better PBL

29 August

Ten Terms that Keep Us in a Box

Albert Einstein nailed it: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That truth will decide whether we develop a 21st-century friendly educational system or continue to tinker at the margins of school. So far, we’re not showing much out of the box thinking. The Common Core is … Continue reading Ten Terms that Keep Us in a Box

29 August
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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