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PBL World

PBL World is the pre-eminent project based learning conference in the world. It is held every year in mid-June in Napa, California. It offers our signature 3-day introductory workshop, PBL 101, as well as advanced practice workshops and two-day academies on leadership and instructional coaching. Attendees have the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of world leaders in education during the daily opening keynote addresses. To further support dynamic 21st century teaching and learning, attend the free Tech Boot Camps to learn tips and tools for meaningful technology integration. To learn more, visit

PBL 101 Workshops

PBL 101 is BIE’s foundational three-day (consecutive, 7.0 hours per day, including lunch) onsite workshop. It provides participants with the skills and knowledge needed to design, assess and manage a rigorous, relevant, and standards-based project. The workshop models the project process. Facilitated by one of BIE's expert National Faculty, the workshop is a balanced blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback. Participants are actively engaged in project design, with the expectation that every teacher or teaching team will generate a project plan that receives formative feedback from both participants and BIE National Faculty.

All participants (limited to 35 per workshop) receive a free copy of BIE's highly regarded PBL 101 Workbook. In district settings, BIE has the capacity to facilitate as many as 25 simultaneous PBL 101s.

Sustained Support Visits

Sustained Support Visits are onsite instructional support (coaching) for participants who attended the PBL 101 Workshop. BIE requires districts who partner with us contract for these onsite visits, as multiple studies have indicated the importance of ongoing support as a feature of successful professional development and transformation in teacher practice. These visits (usually scheduled as single days) are spaced throughout the school year following the 101, and are based on school need. BIE conducts a survey of participating teachers and administrators and uses that data to develop a highly customized session to support teachers in areas related to project design, assessment, and management.

PBL Implementation Planning Workshop

BIE supports district-wide PBL implementation efforts by entering into partnerships with districts. These efforts begin by designing a flexible multi-year implementation plan during the full-day onsite PBL Implementation Planning Workshop. This fee-based planning workshop is the first step in the process. All members of the site-based leadership team work collaboratively with the Director of Implementation and a Systemic Partnership Coach to design the plan.

During the session, we use our proprietary 4-D model to design a plan that has, as its central goal, the sustainable implementation of project based learning. Plans take into account the needs of all stakeholders in the organization. BIE generates the plan and related budget within 10 days of the meeting's conclusion and submits it for partner approval. The plan is revised on semi-annual basis to ensure goals remain achievable.

Systemic Partnership Coach (SPC)

Systems entering into a partnership with BIE will be assigned a Systemic Partnership Coach (SPC). This is done because BIE believes in developing powerful personal relationships with its partners to support successful implementation of the multi-year district implementation plan. The SPCs manage BIE’s work as outlined in the district implementation plan. They provide onsite and virtual support to site leadership, schedule BIE staff and National Faculty for services, arrange logistics of BIE’s professional development events, review/create budgets, generate reports, meet weekly (by phone) with the district PBL Leadership Team, customize service components, and more. BIE's Systemic Partnership Coaches are drawn from some of the most experienced PBL practitioners in our organization and put a friendly face on BIE's interactions with our district partners.

Leadership Development Workshop Series

The Leadership Development Workshop Series aims to equip instructional leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to create the district and site supports necessary for successful and sustainable PBL implementation. This series is a required feature of BIE's three-year district implementation plans and is not offered independently of a plan. Workshop participants should include district leadership, instructional coaches, department chairs, site leadership and teacher leaders. The series, usually spread over four days, includes modules on key protocols, collegial conversations, analysis of student work, instructional rounds, walkthroughs, data analysis, etc. Participation in any one workshop in the series is limited to 50.

Capacity Building Program (CBP) - Phase One

The Capacity Building Program - Phase One - is a structured apprenticeship designed to prepare local instructional leaders to facilitate their own world-class PBL workshops based on our model. This program is offered to systems that enter into a three-year partnership with BIE to further support building organizational capacity for PBL system-wide. Every candidate, chosen by the partner itself, is assigned one or more National Faculty members to guide him or her through the 4-6 month program. Graduates of the program will continue to receive access to and training on BIE's latest tools and techniques for the duration of the partnership. They will remain certified for two years following the end of the partnership. In order to continue receiving updated tools and materials, CBP graduates will need to re-certify their status by attending PBL World or one of our PBL Academies.

CBP - Phase Two - Coaching Series

The Capacity Building Program - Phase Two - is a seven-week online course designed to support educators who provide PBL instructional coaching or leadership in their schools or districts. It is expected that participants have already successfully completed a PBL 101 workshop and are innovative educators willing to collaborate with teachers implementing PBL. Through as series of video samples, case studies, readings, and journaling, participants will gain skills, strategies, and resources needed to support teachers and leaders with PBL implementation. Participation is asynchronous and includes discussion boards, a reflective journal, and a forum to ask questions and share best practices.

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