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The Buck Institute for Education offers conferences for Project Based Learning (PBL) that include professional learning opportunities for teachers, leaders, and instructional coaches. These events include BIE's exemplary workshops, inspiring keynote speakers, and community building opportunities to catalyze transformational change in teaching and learning.

In addition to BIE's popular PBL World, the Buck Institute for Education also partners with educational organizations (school districts, county offices of education, instructional service providers) to offer PBL Institutes, which are facilitated by BIE's premier National Faculty and provide regional opportunities to build capacity for implementing and sustaining Gold Standard Project Based Learning.

Please see the events below to find a PBL workshop near you. Workshops at these events may include: Gold Standard PBL 101 workshop, Leadership Academy, Coaching Academy, PBL 201 Sessions, and Keynotes. For more information about each event, please contact the host organization directly by following the "Register Now" link.

PBL World 2017

The 6th annual PBL World is coming back to Napa Valley, California, June 20-22, 2017. This year we’ve added a full-day “Project Slice” pre-conference workshop on June 19th.

PBL World is hosted by the Buck Institute for Education, and it’s the premier conference for Project Based Learning. Each year it brings together dedicated K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district leaders who want to connect with each other and learn more about PBL.

The heart of PBL World is the professional development workshops facilitated by BIE’s expert National Faculty and staff. Participants in the PBL 101 workshop learn how to design or adapt a project for their own classroom. People who have already had the PBL 101 can attend the PBL 201 workshop, which goes deeper into specific aspects of designing, assessing, or managing projects.

In the PBL Leadership workshop, school and district administrators create a plan to initiate and sustain the use of PBL. In the PBL Coaching workshop, instructional coaches develop plans for supporting teachers in doing PBL well. In addition to the workshops, PBL World features keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking events.

We believe PBL transforms students – and PBL World transforms educators!

For more information click here.

Lonestar State PBL Institute

In an effort to invite others to join us in the vision of developing innovative citizens ready to serve and transform our global society, Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy School District is proud to partner with the Buck Institute of Education to bring Project Based Learning to the Dallas Forth Worth area March 16-18, 2017.

Opportunities for you and your team are available at all levels:

  • PBL 101 Gold Standard Workshop for all level classroom educators
  • Leadership Academy for Administrators
  • 201 Workshops for PBL 101 veterans. 

Why take the leap into PBL? PBL provides opportunities for students from all backgrounds to engage in deeper, meaningful learning, build success skills in preparation for college, career or life and connect with their community all while connecting their learning experiences directly linked to state standards. Be sure to join us to jump start or refine your PBL journey!

Register by January 15, 2017 to qualify for discount pricing. See this flyer for additional information or contact: Katrina MartinezDori Berg

Marin County Office of Education: “Educator Collaborative Series”

Marin County Office of Education in partnership with the Buck Institute for Education will be offering an Educator Collaborative Series to provide follow up opportunities for educators to reflect and support one another as members of a deeper learning community of practice.

The series will focus on expanding our PBL practice connected to balancing student learning goals, building a culture of high-quality work, creating effective team roles, scaffolding learning, using standards-based rubrics, and beginning coaching and engagement.

Each session will offer dedicated time for unit planning with support from BIE National Faculty.

Session Dates: February 2, 2017, March 2, 2017 & April 3, 2017.

For registration information click here or call 415-499-5870.

Evergreen PBL Institute

Please join us at the Evergreen PBL Institute on June 13-15, 2017.

Choose from these sessions:

  • PBL 101: This is BIE’s foundational three-day onsite workshop. Based on BIE's model of Gold Standard PBL, the workshop provides participants with the skills and knowledge needed to design, assess and manage a rigorous, relevant, and standards-based project.
  • PBL 201: Facilitated by National Faculty members with specialized knowledge and experience. This workshop is designed for educators who have experienced our three-day PBL 101 workshop.
  • PBL Leadership Academy: This a three-day workshop for up to 40 instructional leaders and administrators per session, who may attend as leadership teams. This workshop engages leaders in exploring best practices in leading a school or district in the effective, sustainable implementation of Project Based Learning. 

Register here.

PBL Ohio Institute

On July 25-27, 2017 PBL Ohio Institute will be back - bigger and better than ever!  Choose from these three-day academies:

  • PBL 101 (with choice of these strands:  K-5, 6-12, K-5 STEM, 6-12 STEM, Career Tech Centers or Higher Ed. Faculty)
  • PBL 201
  • PBL Coaching
  • PBL Leader Launch

Ron Berger, Co-Founder of the Center for High Quality Student Work will be featured two days for these special sessions:

  • Why Deeper Learning Matters, followed by a meet-and-greet book signing with Ron.  Books available for purchase.
  • Critique & Feedback, based on Ron's legendary, Austin's Butterfly.

Why attend the PBL Ohio Institute?  Last year, the PBL Ohio Institute hosted teachers from 15 states and 5 countries.  See a highlight reel from last year and learn how participants responded to:  "Why PBL?" .   And yet another reason, some consider Columbus, Ohio as the top city in the world - no kidding!

Early bird discount available till March 31.  Graduate Credit also available for an additional fee.  Questions?  Contact Dr. Teresa Dempsey or Rob Engel.  Register here.

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