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PBLU

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.

Example PBLU projects, anchored to Common Core State Standards, are designed by BIE and its partners to allow you and your school 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 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. Schools teams can also register for the customized Coaching Intensives, where they work for a day with one of BIE's National Faculty members on a problem of practice. 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) onsite PBL 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.

Sustained Support Visits

BIE highly recommends that schools who partner with us for PBL 101 workshops also contract with us 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. Topics include formative assessment, standards-based rubrics, instructional rounds, analysis of student work, etc.

PBL Implementation Planning Workshop

PBL endorses school-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 fee-based 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.

Virtual Support

In June of 2014 BIE will begin to offer online support for schools that partner with us on a three-year plan. This online support is intended to supplement, not replace, onsite Sustained Support Visits. Virtual support, provided by BIE National Faculty, is customizable. BIE uses webinars, conference calls, Skype video calls and Google Hangouts to provide timely and topical guidance. The usual duration of virtual support events is 45-60 minutes. All events are recorded for later viewing/sharing. Topics are restricted to BIE's core competence - the effective implementation of PBL.

Client Services Manager (CSM)

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 school implementation plan. The Client Services Manager 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 school leadership, customizes service components, co-presents at conferences, etc.The BIE Client Service managers are drawn from the most experienced PBL practitioners in our organization and put a friendly face on BIE's interactions with our school partners.

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