Project Based Learning Workshops

Our workshops:

  • Are custom designed and can range from 90 minutes to 8 hours

  • Are available in installments, or a single-day mega-workshop

  • Adhere to National Equity Project Experiential Learning Cycle, to ensure that participants are engaged and the experience is responsive to each context we serve.

  • Feature our signature CraftED Curriculum and PBL Planning workbook

  • Leave participants with a wealth of practical resources they can repeatedly return to for additional help

Workshop Descriptions:

PBL 1.0 (2-4 hrs)

This workshop is intended for all levels of familiarity with Project Based Learning, as it begins with a calibration exercise. In this introduction to High Quality Project Based Learning (HQPBL) participants will begin with a deep analysis of exemplar (grade appropriate) PBL models. After this grounding exercise, we will explore a project planning framework rooted in rigor, real-world issues and student engagement. Workshop can be customized to align with district curriculum, platforms and initiatives. Workshops are offered by levels of elementary or secondary so that all materials and strategies are appropriately differentiated.

Agenda outline is as follows:

  • “The Why” of PBL
  • Looking at/analyzing exemplars, defining our “north star” for quality
  • Knows/Need To Knows (NTKs)
  • Project brainstorming protocols
  • PBL planning
  • Big picture mapping
  • Enduring Understanding-driving standards
  • Driving Questions
  • Final products
  • Benchmarks, formative assessment deliverables
  • Supported work time
  • Collegial protocol for project feedback
  • Next steps

Included in the workshop:

  • Keep it real with PBL: Project Planning workbook
  • Access to private PBL library of planning resources and project ideas
  • Reproducibles, handouts, planning forms

Formats available: In person or online (PBL certification e-course)

Assessment 2.0 (2-4 hrs)

This workshop builds off of PBL 1.0 and is an introduction to best practices in assessment, both formative and summative, for PBL. Participants will review reliable, exemplar Open Ed Resources for 21st century skills and CCSS. These tools will be aligned to project goals and used to develop a rubric for the project designed in PBL 1.0. We will also explore best practices in student engagement and assessment, feedback and reflection. Workshop can be customized to align  with district curriculum, platforms and initiatives. Workshops are offered by levels of elementary or secondary so that all materials and strategies are appropriately differentiated.

Agenda outline is as follows:

  • Benchmarking content and skills
  • Student deliverables and formative assessment practices
  • Summative tool development
  • Calendaring assessments and learning targets
  • Student interaction with assessment tools
  • Closing-Project Prune, NTKs

Included in the workshop:

  • Keep it real with PBL: Project Planning workbook
  • Access to private PBL library of planning resources and project ideas
  • Reproducibles, handouts, planning forms

Formats available: In person or online (PBL certification e-course)

Project Coaching (1-2 hrs)

This is a follow up service to PBL 1.0 and Assessment 2.0 workshops and highly recommended for sustainable PBL implementation. Project coaching is 1:1 fully personalized project planning support provided by CraftED Experts. This time is designed to “meet teachers wherever they are” with PBL and can include “soup to nuts” planning of a project. If there are planning teams on site it is recommended that all members of the team be present for this time. Examples of support during project coaching include: differentiation, calendaring, designing reflection activities, project brainstorming, standards alignment, scope and sequencing, etc. Teachers appreciate this time with a PBL expert because it answers any remaining questions they might have, helps them get clear on their individual next steps and keeps them focused and efficient during planning time.

Formats available: In person

PBL 1.0 (2-4 hrs)

This workshop is a follow up to PBL 1.0, Assessment 2.0 and project coaching. After teachers have implemented their initial project it is a best practice to reflect upon the process to ensure that teachers continue to develop their craft and that students are learning deeply. Using a modified Looking at Student Work protocol, CraftED will facilitate the staff analyzing project work from the school site. The staff will use the definitions of HQPBL developed during PBL 1.0 as a lens for reflecting on their own project and generating goals for improving the project next year.

Agenda Outline is as follows:

  • Self Reflection
  • Revisit HQPBL
  • Planning team project audit
  • LASW protocol
  • Goal generating for project #1
  • Project 2 storming
  • Supported work time
  • Collegial feedback using protocol

Formats available: In person

Getting to Deeper Learning through Field Work (60-90 mins)

PBL is an exciting and enticing goal, but the fact is that many educators find it intimidating.

This session provides educators with clear instruction and best practices to plan and facilitate the nuances of PBL , while using the specific vehicles of field work This session is designed to 1) take one step toward demystifying how to plan and facilitate deeper learning and 2) provide participants with tools and skills to tackle deeper learning through  one (of many) vehicles: field work. Join us as we learn about, explore and design real-world work opportunities in the community and interacting with experts, to engage our students in more meaningful learning.

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to communicate the difference between a field trip and field work
  • Participants will interact with CraftED’s planning resources for real-world exploration
  • Participants will integrate field work into an upcoming unit or project
  • Participants will give/receive collegial feedback on their plans
  • Participants will reflect on this learning experiences and craft next steps for immediate implementation

This workshop can be offered without CraftED’s PBL workshops, but is best provided as a follow up support after a year of PBL implementation.

Included in the workshop:

  • CraftED Curriculum
  • Reproducibles, handouts, planning forms

Formats available: In person

Developing Mindsets for Deeper Learning (60-90 mins)

This session is focused on developing academic mindsets for deeper learning, as defined by Hewlett Deeper Learning Competencies. We will focus on how to scaffold student reflection-including ongoing and various types of learning activities, incorporating peer feedback, and assessment for student growth. CraftED Curriculum tips and tools will be shared to ensure participants leave feeling ready and excited to facilitate meaningful student reflection and increase student ownership over learning!  

Objectives:

  • Participants will interact with academic/growth mindset language and research
  • Participants will be exposed to various strategies and activities for student reflection
  • Participants will plan a high-quality student reflection activity
  • Participants will give/receive collegial feedback on their plans
  • Participants will reflect on this learning experiences and craft next steps for immediate implementation

This workshop can be offered without CraftED’s PBL workshops, but is best provided as a follow up support after a year of PBL implementation.

Included in the workshop:

  • CraftED Curriculum
  • Reproducibles, handouts, planning forms

Formats available: In person

Collaboration for Deeper Learning

This interactive session will explore how to facilitate small group work to ensure equitable participation for all students. We will analyze structures, such as protocols, and resources designed by CraftED Curriculum to support student ownership, collective persistence, and ensure deeper learning through collaborative work. Participants will have time to explore the practical application of tips and methods presented in this session for their classroom and receive collegial feedback to aid in crafting next steps.

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to articulate the difference between group work and collaboration for equity
  • Participants will engage in and debrief a collaborative student experience
  • Participants will be exposed to concrete strategies and resources to use in their classroom
  • Participants will have time to explore ways to integrate such strategies and resources into their teaching
  • Participants will receive quality feedback from colleagues on their ideas

This workshop can be offered without CraftED’s PBL workshops, but is best provided as a follow up support after a year of PBL implementation.

Included in the workshop:

  • CraftED Curriculum
  • Reproducibles, handouts, planning forms

Formats available: In person

Planning Project Exhibitions (60-90 mins)

Say goodbye to boring Open Houses. Student exhibitions are a new trend in schools across the country; they allow you to showcase project work through interactive, student-driven experiences presented to your community. In this workshop, educators learn how to put on a successful Exhibition without it feeling like an addition to their To-Do list. Specifically, we will dive into:

  • How exhibition is different than a traditional open house
  • Why exhibitions are better for student learning
  • How to design classroom projects suitable for successful Exhibitions
  • New ways to excite students and involve them in Exhibition planning
  • How to creatively exhibit and curate student work
  • How to prepare your students and community to attend the big event
  • How to use Exhibitions to engage parents/families as well as community support for your classroom or school
  • How setting up Exhibitions furthers your professional development and PBL skills

This workshop can be offered without CraftED’s PBL workshops, but is best provided as a follow up support after a year of PBL implementation.

Included in the workshop:

  • CraftED Curriculum
  • Reproducibles, handouts, planning forms

Formats available: In person or online (PBL certification e-course)

Planning a Powerful Project Launch (60-90 mins)

How do we hook students and keep them interested in a classroom project? This workshop will explore exactly how to do that, from start to finish. Together we will “learn by doing”, simulating how to ignite and sustain student inquiry throughout the PBL process. Attendees will participate in a hands-on “hook” activity to put the principles to action, exploring a variety of tried-and-true classroom management techniques and learning what to do – and what not to do – if you want to make your project launch a runaway success.

  • Learn about a variety of ways to launch and relaunch projects
  • Explore a series of useful techniques such as field work and Question Formulation Technique
  • Simulate the Knows/Need to Knows process
  • Participate in Group Contract process
  • Hear best practices for project structures and home communication
  • Brainstorm individual project launch plans
  • Receive immediate, collegial feedback to continue improving their Project Launch method

This workshop can be offered without CraftED’s PBL workshops, but is best provided as a follow up support after a year of PBL implementation.

Included in the workshop:

  • CraftED Curriculum
  • Reproducibles, handouts, planning forms

Formats available: In person or online (PBL certification e-course)