PBL 1: Intro to PBL & Best Practices: Designing High Quality Projects.
Intro to PBL & Best Practices, the core course in The Project Based Learning Master Teacher library, is a self-paced, stand-alone PD course that introduces teachers to the principles, practices and instructional benefits of Project Based Learning (PBL). Suitable for beginners or advanced practitioners, the course covers the basics of PBL and best practices for classroom teachers focused on high quality, world class project work. With its emphasis on using PBL to teach problem, critical thinking, collaboration, inquiry, and core academics in science and humanities, the course aligns well with Common Core standards, IB Curriculum and country-specific standards for 21st Century Students.
PBL 2: Build Your PBL Skill Set: Mastering Inquiry Based Teaching.
Teaching through PBL requires a much different skill set than traditional front of the room teaching. Build Your PBL Skill Set addresses this vital need by helping teachers master nine core strengths critical to engaging students in deeper learning, problem solving, teamwork, and innovation. Participants in the course learn how to personalize the classroom, use the deeper learning model, and incorporate design thinking into projects, as well as use reflection and a collaborative conversation with colleagues to assess their strengths and challenges.
PBL 3: Future Ready PBL: Building Personal Strengths and Empathic Mindsets (coming Summer, 2018).
The ultimate power of PBL lies in the opportunity to help students discover, use, and reflect on their personal strengths and skills as they go through the process of learning. Future Ready PBL prepares teachers to accomplish this by showing them how to integrate PBL and SEL into a high performance system that uses challenging content, positive psychology, and empathic teams to build confidence, teach communication, encourage growth and leadership, and support lifelong resiliency. As with other courses in the PBL Online Library, participants use challenging activities, self-assessment, and collaboration with colleagues to grow their skill set in this area.
PBL 4: Design-Driven PBL: Preparing Gen Z for Global Challenges (coming Fall, 2018).
Design-Driven PBL integrates high quality PBL, social emotional learning, human-centered design, and social entrepreneurship into a powerful method for working with students to address global concerns, service learning, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Teachers work as co-learners with students to analyze local and global issues, develop problem statements and Driving Questions, incorporate design thinking, and develop and share meaningful stories or solutions to local and community issues.