Workshop Information

Workshop: PBL PLC Series - FREE!
Date/Times:  Wednesday, 2/3/2021 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 Wednesday, 2/17/2021 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 Wednesday, 2/24/2021 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description:

“We Want a PBL Learning Community!” You asked for it, you got it!
PBLers - both new and experienced, have been asking for a way to stay connected this year as most of us will likely be embarking upon some type of digital PBL journey with our students. We know this is daunting and can feel lonely. PBLMatters is proud to create a FREE PBL PLC (professional learning community) series to help you be successful. Our goal is to connect you with PBL experts in the field and to establish a community of fellow PBL teachers that can routinely meet and share questions, solutions, and strategies.  Each PBL PLC session will have a specialized topic and begin with an introduction by a featured guest speaker with time for Q/A and breakout sessions with other teachers.

Graduate Credit
Interested in attaining graduate credit for attending these PLCs?  Here's how.  Attend 8 PLC topics of your choice.  Write a brief summary of how each PLC topic resonated with you and your practice. Submit all of your reflections to Teresa Dempsey by June 1, 2021.  Contact Rob Engel for an Ashland registration link coming soon!   One-hour Ashland University option available for $249. Fairfield County educators may purchase graduate credit for $195.

 

Engagement first, then content, then rigor. In that order.” - author, speaker, educator Kelly Gallagher 

If virtual classrooms have highlighted anything, it’s that Engagement is key. Join @TweenTeacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron as she shares some of the best engagement strategies featured in her book, Just Ask Us: Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement.  After conducting a nationwide survey of students focused on what engages them as learners, educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron curated the most frequently named strategies. Join Heather as she shares advice on how to use those strategies in both the virtual and face-to-face classroom. Heather is a nationally recognized PBL expert and a staff blogger for Edutopia.  You're in for a real treat meeting Heather - she'll have you hooked from the very first minute!

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Learn strategies and tools to successfully and meaningfully include students with disabilities in your PBL projects! From project design to implementation, we’ll discuss how to leverage best practices in special education to make high-quality projects work for students with a full spectrum of abilities and support needs. Kristen Uliasz has over a decade of experience as an inclusion and resource specialist in a wall to wall PBL school and is a passionate advocate for Inclusive PBL. If you have students with IEPs or 504s in your school or classroom, this session is for you!  Facilitated by Kristen Uliasz.

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In this session, we will recognize how Restorative Practices can be woven throughout a project-based learning experience to strengthen relationships and deepen student/teacher connections. Participants will explore high impact restorative strategies that can be immediately applied to our practice. Facilitated by Randi Downs.

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Rubrics are a common tool in education, so it is likely that you are familiar with and using them already - but are you getting as much out of your rubrics as possible? Rubrics help teachers to clarify expectations and assess work with consistency. When used effectively, they’re also a powerful tool to support students in producing high-quality work. In this session, we will explore the creation of rubrics and look at how they can support the PBL Gold Standard elements of "Reflection" and "Critique & Revision."  Facilitated by Erin Gannon.

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As math PBL teachers, we get asked a lot about how to teach the content while doing PBL. It is an understandable and great question. It is not that you can’t lecture and do practice problems in a project. It is just that you do so much more. Join this session to learn some strategies to teach math concepts while doing a project. Facilitated by Telannia Norfar and Chris Fancher.

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When teachers learn that Voice and Choice is one of the essential design elements of PBL, they often assume that this is mostly true for older students. They often believe that young learners (ages 3-8) benefit from constant teacher control and a tightly planned project rather than recognizing they can make important decisions to guide their learning. This cannot be further from the truth. From generating “Need to Know” questions, to children suggesting ways to explore and investigate, to students offering ideas for how to share their learning in a public product, young children must have opportunities for agency and independence through all phases of a project. In this session, we will explore these ideas in-depth, empowering teachers of our youngest learners to include plenty of opportunities for Voice and Choice in every project. 

We often hear that we, as teachers must “give students a voice.” This is inaccurate. We don’t give students a voice. Every child has a voice. Our job is to create learning environments where children are encouraged and supported to make their voices heard, no matter what age. Facilitated by Sara Lev, Amanda Clark, and Erin Starkey.

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This session focuses on helping educators define emotions, label the ones they experience, and find strategies for managing difficult ones. Emotional trauma and its effects on the brain, the human body, and overall well-being will also be highlighted. Join education coach Jorge Valenzuela for learning and implementing practical steps to restoring your peaceful state as needed. 
This session is an intro to emotional intelligence and not meant to replace trauma-informed therapy. 

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Project Based Learning and Social-Emotional Learning are two of the hottest trends in education right now. Unfortunately, they often get viewed as two different "programs".  As Frey, Fisher and Smith advocate in All Learning is Social and Emotional, SEL should not be another added thing to teachers' plates. It needs to be integrated into the academic mainstream rather than remain on the periphery. PBL expert and Edutopia Blogger Mike Kaechele has spent considerable time researching and writing about how SEL and PBL are naturally interwoven. Mike Kaechele has created a podcast, a dedicated website, and Facebook site to share his work. Join Mike (virtually) in-person to learn how we can more purposely integrate SEL into your PBL practice.  Facilitated by Mike Kaechele.

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Writing is a universal mode of communication that can help identify student needs at all levels. But writing assessments don’t just happen at the end of a unit. Writing isn’t just about quickwrites, rough drafts, and final drafts. Learn to scaffold writing assessments using engaging assignments for every part of the PBL unit, from unit launch to culminating presentation.  Facilitated by Heather Wolpert-Gawron.

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Do our school districts, school sites and classrooms have everything they need to be successful project-based environments? It seems we may have the right standards, the new technology, the higher expectations, the community partners, the demands of the global economy and a collective call to action. With that impressive list, what could be missing that is still preventing wholesale PBL implementation? The simple, yet seemingly evasive answer is CULTURE. In order for teachers to serve as facilitators of learning, while students own and lead their learning, a different type of learning environment is required. And that’s made possible by a discreetly different CULTURE than is traditionally found. Facilitated by Michael Niehoff.

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Audience: teachers, school administrators, curriculum personnel
Target Grade: K-12
Location: online PLC series
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Max Attendance: 100