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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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PBL Global offers educators world class solutions for building competency, craft, and commitment around project based learning, inquiry, and innovation. Choose the tools that will help you transform education across the globe!

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PBL Global’s Online Courses are designed to fully prepare educators for 21st Century instruction and inquiry-based classrooms. Enroll in one course @ $75 USD per seat. Enroll in the entire library of courses for $99 per seat!

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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.

In PBL, the Problem is the Project

When I worked for the Buck Institute for Education in the early 2000’s, we held endless staff meetings probing the distinction between project based learning and problem based learning. It was a necessary discussion at that point in the evolution of PBL. Many of BIE’s early offerings centered around problem based units in Economics, and … Continue reading In PBL, the Problem is the Project

28 May

Why Genius is in High Demand—and How PBL Can Deliver

Often the history of words reveal long-forgotten truths by harkening us back to a deep past before experts parsed the world into small bits, built the complex industry called ‘modern day thought,’ and excluded those aspects of human experience that remain beyond the reach of scientific validation or explanation. The history of words reminds us … Continue reading Why Genius is in High Demand—and How PBL Can Deliver

19 May

How PBL Can Fulfill Its Promise to 21st Century Students

Project based learning, the rising star in the educational firmament, is on the lips of nearly every teacher and district in the U.S. and in many countries abroad. A newly recruited army of PBL experts march to the front of professional development workshops, evangelizing for project-based work and selling the notion that this is what … Continue reading How PBL Can Fulfill Its Promise to 21st Century Students

18 May

Treat PBL as a Start Up, Not a Teaching Method

A few years back, I worked with many schools across the country that became enamored with project based learning after site visits to PBL icons such as High Tech High or had sent a team of administrators to a PBL conference—and returned with wide-eyed enthusiasm for reinventing education at their school. Mostly, it didn’t happen. … Continue reading Treat PBL as a Start Up, Not a Teaching Method

08 May
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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