The Consortium offers training in Project-Based Learning (PBL) that provides educators with an in-depth understanding of the key PBL design elements, and the knowledge and confidence to implement portions of PBL or full PBL projects in their classrooms.
PBL pedagogy creates space and opportunity for creative thinking, problem-solving, and individualized learning, skills that students need to thrive in education and beyond. PBL educators facilitate brainstorming, research, and feedback strategies that focus on student voice and choice, providing equitable space for all students in the classroom. We have seen first-hand what research supports– students who engage with PBL are more confident in their communication, critical thinking, and creativity. The opportunity to explore real-world problems, practice decision-making and leadership skills empowers students to take the lead in their own learning.
As part of our training, educators engage with and practice instructional strategies for implementing PBL. These strategies are based on the principles of human-centered design (HCD), ensuring equitable and inclusive practices in your classroom. Throughout our training, you will work through a project-planning document to help you visualize and plan your project. This model allows participants to learn from the expertise of all cohort members, in addition to CPE staff. Further, our staff is committed to providing follow-up coaching sessions with all cohort members.
We offer options for both individual educators as well as school/district teams.
General training is open to individuals and small groups of educators. These are scheduled throughout each school year.
District training is customized. We work with district leaders to identify needs, timeline, and outcomes for your cohort of educators.
For districts starting out with project-based learning, we recommend building a cohort of interested educators or early adopters. This hour-long presentation introduces staff to PBL and its key design elements, the positive impact that it can have in the classroom, common misconceptions, and what to expect from our training course.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! Our staff believes that the elements of PBL and those strategies associated with each, can also be implemented singularly within your class in all content areas and with all grade levels.
YES! We have seen successful PBL implementation in high school Advanced Placement courses, as well as in first grade classrooms. Each PBL project presents its own moments of excellence and learning opportunities.
That’s great! Our training and resources aim to provide a wide variety of practical, on-the-ground strategies for implementation.
You can use your learnings to build out a project for next year! Elements and strategies can be used outside of projects and in day-to-day class routines.