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BIE provides Core Professional Development Services to hundreds of schools in the U.S. and abroad. This exemplary professional development is anchored in two primary forms of support. The PBL 101 Workshop is BIE’s foundational three-day (consecutive, 7.0 hours per day, including lunch) onsite workshop. Based on BIE's model for 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. The workshop models the project process. Facilitated by one of BIE's expert National Faculty, the workshop is a balanced blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback. Participants are actively engaged in project design, with the expectation that every teacher or teaching team will generate a project plan 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, which is exclusively for PBL 101 participants and is not sold separately.

We promote transformational, ongoing change in teacher practice through Project Based Learning. Therefore, we require follow-up support to the 101 through Sustained Support Visits. These are onsite instructional coaching events for participants who attended the PBL 101 Workshop. BIE requires schools to contract for a minimum of 2 onsite visits, as multiple studies have indicated the importance of ongoing support as a feature of successful professional development and transformation in teacher practice. These visits (usually scheduled as single days) are spaced throughout the year following the 101, and are based on school need. BIE conducts a survey of participating teachers and administrators and uses that data to develop a tailored session to support teachers in areas related to project design, assessment, and management.

Note: Core Services do not include many of the components of our Systemic Services, among them the PBL Sustainability Program, Leadership Series, Strategic Planning, and support from a Strategic Partnership Coach.

PBL 101 Workshops

PBL 101 is BIE’s foundational three-day (consecutive, 7.0 hours per day, including lunch) 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. The workshop models the project process. Facilitated by one of BIE's expert National Faculty, the workshop is a balanced blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback. Participants are actively engaged in project design, with the expectation that every teacher or teaching team will generate a project plan 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, which is exclusively for PBL 101 participants and not sold separately. In district settings, BIE has the capacity to facilitate as many as 25 simultaneous PBL 101s.

Sustained Support Visits

Sustained Support Visits are onsite instructional coaching events for participants who attended the PBL 101 Workshop. These 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 develop a tailored session to support teachers in areas related to project design, assessment, and management.

BIE requires districts who partner with us contract for these onsite visits, as multiple studies have indicated the importance of ongoing support as a feature of successful professional development and transformation in teacher practice.

PBL 201 Workshops

BIE offers a series of one-day onsite workshops focused on advanced practices in PBL implementation. The workshops, facilitated by National Faculty members with specialized knowledge and experience, focus on such topics as Technology Integration, Advanced Placement, English-Language Learners, Literacy Design Collaborative, World Languages, etc. These workshops (no more than 35 participants) are designed for educators who have experienced our three-day PBL 101 workshop. District partners can elect to schedule PBL 201 sessions as stand-alone workshops or have elements of these workshops integrated into the onsite Sustained Support Visits BIE delivers over the course of the partnership.