First, we discussed unique concerns of the district with the EUSD’s Assistant Superintendent and Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs), to create the most effective, customized solution.
Based on those conversations, we quickly prepared a three-pronged approach:
- To assure alignment and to provide principals with the tools to support teachers, we would first provide a 2 hour training for principals sharing an overview of what teachers would be learning, ensuring that the whole district was in harmony.
- We would offer robust “PBL 1.0” , 4 hour trainings.
- We would also include three distinct 90 minute-workshops (“Launching Student Inquiry”, “Scaffolding the Prototyping Process”, “Teaching Empathy”), tailored to the district’s top priorities.
Together, these workshops would offer a comprehensive overview of PBL to the district’s teachers, while providing a common understanding of PBL from which to work. At the same time, we would equip principals to provide teachers the support they craved. We also structured the schedule so workshops would be available at varying times, making it easier for teachers to attend the time/format that worked best for them (including after school, over vacation, or during school days), and maximize involvement.