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PBLU classes are developed and facilitated by BIE, and focus on project design, management and assessment. After taking these classes, you will be able to improve your own PBL practice and share your knowledge with others. Additional classes will be added throughout the year. We will continue to offer sponsored classes that are free to participants, but they will have limited spaces available. We encourage teams from schools to enroll together to move through the classes as a cohort. In the future, there could be classes that have a nominal fee.

Note: District partners can take advantage of the free version of PBLU or request for services with BIE for private classes open only to their own teachers.

Example PBLU projects, anchored to Common Core State Standards, are designed by BIE and its partners to allow you and your district to focus mainly on how to implement a project rather than how to design one.

PBL World

PBL World is the pre-eminent Project Based Learning conference the world. It is held every year in mid-June in Napa, California. PBL World provides an ideal opportunity for school or district teams to participate in BIE's classic PBL 101 three-day workshop, advanced practices workshops, or two-day academies focused on leadership, instructional coaching, or teaching and learning in a 1-to-1 environment. School or district teams can also register for the customized Coaching Intensives, where they work for a day with one of BIE's National Faculty members. Attendees will rub shoulders with world leaders in education as they share best practices during short keynote address, learn tips and tools for tech integration while participating in free Tech Boot Camps, and design standards-based projects with the help of BIE's expert staff.

PBL 101 Workshops

This is BIE’s foundational three-day (consecutive) PBL onsite workshop. It provides attendees with the skills and knowledge needed to design, assess and manage a rigorous, relevant and standards-based project. The workshop, facilitated by one of BIE's expert National Faculty, is a balanced blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing and peer collaboration and feedback. Participants in our 101 workshop are actively engaged in project design, with the expectation that every teacher or teaching team will generate a completed project planning form 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

BIE requires districts who partner with us to contract for onsite instructional support (coaching). Multiple studies have indicated the importance of ongoing support as a feature of successful professional development. These Sustained Support 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 suggest topics from our menu of support modules. These modules, 1-3 hours in length, are delivered by our most experienced National Faculty members. The modules can be delivered at individual school sites or at a central district training facility (participant limits vary). Topics include formative assessment, standards-based rubrics, instructional rounds, analysis of student work, etc.

PBL Implementation Planning Workshop

PBL endorses district-wide PBL implementation efforts. These efforts should begin with a flexible three-year plan, which is designed collaboratively by senior BIE staff or National Faculty prior to the scheduling of services. This free service includes a full-day onsite planning session with all members of the site-based leadership team. We use our proprietary 4-D model to design a plan that has as its goal the sustainable implementation of Project Based Learning, taking into account the needs of all stakeholders. BIE generates the plan and related budget within 10 days of meeting's conclusion and submits it for partner approval. The plan is revised on semi-annual basis to ensure goals remain achievable. A key element of the plan is the messaging strategy used to inform all levels of the organization and community of the powerful, positive impact PBL will have on the district.

Systemic Partnership Coach (SPC)

BIE believes in developing powerful personal relationships with its partners. Accordingly, we assign a senior staff member to function as the manager of BIE work described in the district implementation plan. The Systemic Partnership Coach provides onsite and virtual support, schedules BIE staff and National Faculty, arranges logistics of professional development events, reviews/creates budgets, generates reports, meets weekly (by phone) with district leadership, customizes service components, co-presents at conferences, etc.The BIE Systemic Partnership Coaches are drawn from 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

This series of onsite workshops is intended to equip instructional leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to create the district and site supports necessary for successful and sustainable implementation of PBL. This series is a required feature of BIE's three-year district implementation plans. 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 Buidling Program (CBP)

BIE is committed to working with partners to build organizational capacity to train their own teachers in PBL. The Capacity Building Program is a structured apprenticeship designed to prepare local instructional leaders to facilitate their own world-class PBL workshops based on our model. 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.

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