This two-day, interactive workshop sets the stage for successful implementation of digital-age PBL. Interest in project-based learning is accelerating globally, as schools seek instructional strategies that will develop students’ competencies as innovative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and skilled communicators. For teachers and school leaders who are new to PBL, this shift creates both opportunities and challenges.
Note: No prior experience or expertise is required. Participants will need to have a laptop the workshop
Limited to a maximum of 25 participants.
DATES: October 4 – 5, 2019
VENUE: Centre for Development, Learning & Technology @ International School of Amsterdam
US $650 Early-bird Registration Fee (Ends by Aug 1, 2019)
US $700 Regular Fee (Ends by Sep 1, 2019)
Fee includes coffee/refreshments and lunch for two days. Registration link is via cvent.
Who should attend
The workshop is appropriate for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, technology coordinators, and school leaders. Prior experience with PBL is not required; however, participants who do have PBL experience will have opportunities to deepen their practice.
Workshop Goals and Modules
Participants will come away with a thorough understanding of best practices for project design and assessment, as well as integration of digital tools. They will gain confidence using protocols and routines that support student-centered learning and peer collaboration. Video case studies will help participants envision how day-to-day learning unfolds across the arc of a project–keeping student engagement high without sacrificing academic rigor.
08:00–08:30 am – Coffee and refreshments
08:30 – 12:00 – Morning Session (including coffee break)
12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch (provided)
13:00 – 16:00 – Afternoon session (including coffee break)
Day one begins with collaborative inquiry to explore key questions, such as: What are the characteristics of high-quality PBL? What’s the difference between projects and PBL? Where do we find good project ideas? What can we learn from PBL veterans? How can we do PBL without sacrificing content goals? In the afternoon, participants will apply their understanding in a rapid design process to begin generating their own ideas.
Day two will go from rough idea to fully developed PBL plan. Focus on project management strategies, formative assessment, peer collaboration protocols, and connections with experts and audiences beyond the classroom will prepare participants for successful project implementation with their students.
Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. She is the author of 10 popular books for educators, most recently Project Based Teaching: How to Create Rigorous and Engaging Learning Experiences (ASCD) and Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, 3rd Ed. (ISTE). She collaborated with award-winning teacher Stephen Ritz to tell his inspiring story about classroom innovation in The Power of a Plant. A regular contributor to Edutopia, member of the Buck Institute for Education National Faculty, and frequent conference presenter, she consults with schools around the world interested in shifting to a more student-centered, innovative approach to teaching and learning.
Cancellation Policy: All registrations are final and non-refundable. Registration is, however, transferrable. If you cannot make it to the event, please find a colleague to attend in your place.