2018 PBL Training Institutes*

and 21st Century Learning Conferences

Here are the PBL Training Institutes and 21st Century Learning Conferences for 2018 that I recommend to teachers, administrators, and districts working to implement Project-Based Learning (PBL) in today's schools. This page is updated whenver these PBL and 21C organizations announce their institutes and conferences. -- Bob
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Updated: January, 2018

January, 2018: Think Global PBL Academies announces June 19-21 Institute in Florida and July 2-4 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
January, 2018: Register for P21's Patterns of Innovation Conference, Napa, CA, March 27-28, 2018

PBL Training Institutes

  1. Think Global PBL Academies. See scheduled academies.
  2. PBL World, June 19-21, 2018, in Napa, CA
  3. BIE PBL Institutes
  4. Engage! Learning
  5. Magnify Learning Project-Based Learning Institute, June 25-26,2018, Indianapolis and Columbus, IN
  6. Innovative Schools Network PBL Summer Institute, March 8 and summer TBD, Wisconsin
  7. HTH GSE Spring Residency - Assessment 2.0, May 30 through June 1, 2018, San Diego, CA, High Tech High
  8. TeachThought PBL #Grow17, Frazier History Museum Downtown Louisville, July 9-11, 2018

21C Learning Conferences

  1. Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), Patterns of Innovation Conference, Napa, CA, March 27-28, 2018
  2. Big Picture Learning Big Bang National Summer Conference 2018, July 23-27, Atlanta, GA
  3. Deeper Learning 2018, March 28-30, 2018, San Diego, CA, High Tech High
  4. Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2018, July 25-27, 2018, Boston, MA
  5. Constructing Modern Knowledge, July 10-13, 2018, Manchester, NH
  6. FUSE 2017 conference: Design Thinking Experience, June 14-16, 2017, Atlanta, GA. Led by the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation.
  7. 32nd International Self-Directed Learning Symposium K-12 Day: What Works: New Schools for All Learners, Cocoa Beach, FL, February 7-10, 2018
  8. 5th International Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Symposium, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore, March 15 - 17 , 2017

 

 

 

Think Global PBL Academies (formerly Think Forward PBL Institutes). See scheduled academies.

2018 Academies:

Advanced Reasoning Think Global PBL Academies are advancing deeper learning and school redesign with ARIE’s team of expert PBL practitioners. ARIE’s team have taken their years of 100% PBL practical practitioner approach to deeper learning in 21st century education and are collaborating with educators all over the world to improve Education. See the Think Global PBL Academy brochure/agenda.

Advanced Reasoning Think Global PBL Academies have created and honed PBL professional development that no other PBL course has been able to match. ARIE’s trainers have actual, relevant, 100% PBL classroom experience. In fact, the classroom is our proving ground for testing innovative ways to engage students and rekindle the fire in teachers. We still hold true to those things that work, but if there is a way to do it better, we seek to find it and refine it.

If you are interested in stretching your deeper learning approach to include 21st Century skills, to improve the culture of your classroom or campus, and inspire students to want to learn, Advanced Reasoning Global PBL Academy can help you. If you are interested in attending or hosting an Advanced Reasoning Global PBL Academy contact us today.

Contact us at 1-800-940-5663 and customerservice@thinkglobalpbl.org Click here for the ARIE brochure (PDF). See scheduled academies.

Advanced Reasoning in Education is led by Steven Zipkes, former founding principal of Manor New Technology High in Manor, TX. After 10 years of impacting 21st century education and influencing educators and leaders from all over the world, Zipkes has expanded his school redesign vision of creativity, deeper learning practices, and systemic change that transformed an idea into a Nationally Recognized, 100%Project Based Learning STEM School, and formed Advanced Reasoning In Education.

Twitter: @ThinkGlobalPBL

PBLife Blog by Dr. Janice Trinidad, ARIE Think Global PBL trainer and coach

 

PBL World, June 19-21, 2018 in Napa, CA. See 2017 Keynote Speakers, Selected Talks at PBL World 2016 and 2016 PBL World Highlights.

PBL World 2018, from the Buck Institute for Education, is coming to Napa Valley, California, June 19-21, with a pre-conference day on June 18. The conference includes exemplary workshops, inspiring keynote speakers, and community building opportunities to catalyze transformational change in teaching and learning. We bring together dedicated teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders to build their capacity for implementing and sustaining Gold Standard Project Based Learning in the communities they serve. PBL World features Buck Institute for Education's Gold Standard PBL 101 Workshop, which provides participants with the skills and knowledge needed to design, assess, and manage a rigorous, relevant, and standards-based project. We will also be offering BIE's popular Leadership Academy, Coaching Academy, and PBL 201 sessions.

Sign up at http://pblworld.org/ to receive updates about PBL World 2018.

2014 Highlights: Videos of Keynotes, Interviews, and Daily Blog Updates; #PBLWORLD; #GOLDSTANDARDPBL, @BIEPBL

Palm Valley PBL Institute, February 21-23, 2018, Coachella Valley, CA

In addition to BIE's popular PBL World, BIE 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. If you would like to learn more about how you can host a PBL Institute, request info here.

 

 

Engage! Learning

engage2learn exists to grow teachers, coach leaders and engage communities to achieve their highest hopes for students. Over the past five years, engage2learn has worked with educators and communities in and out of Texas to help them design, implement, and sustain their own local vision for learning. Because of our partnership with these forward-thinking school districts, over one million students have experienced a more engaging learning environment while acquiring necessary Future Ready Skills. It all starts with empowering local communities to design their own vision for learning.

Services:

Contact: Shannon Buerk, Chief Learning Officer, 214.938.8254
Twitter: @engage_learning

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/engage2learn


 

Magnify Learning Project-Based Learning Institute, June 25-28, 2018, in two Indiana locations: Columbus and Indianapolis.

Magnify Learning will offer 4-day open enrollment sessions on Project Based Learning professional development for K-16 educators, instructional coaches,and administrators. Sessions will be held June 25-28 in two Indiana locations: Columbus and Indianapolis. At each of the workshops, the daily hours will be from 8 am to 3 pm. Register here.

School groups (including administrators) are encouraged to attend in order to work together toward the establishment of collaborative PBL systems designed to meet their particular school culture and needs. Upon the successful completion of each 4-day workshop, participants received a certificate for earning 28 Professional Growth Points.

Participants will have the opportunity to choose between various workshop pathways:

  • PBL 101 for PBL beginners (K-16)
  • PBL 201/301 for experienced PBL practitioners (K-16)
  • PBL for administrators/instructional coaches
  • PBL educator certification

Each pathway will be divided into groups based upon grade level for elementary educators and subject area for secondary educators. School groups (including administrators) are encouraged to attend in order to work together toward the establishment of collaborative PBL systems designed to meet their particular school culture and needs.

Innovative Schools Network, 2018 Project-Based Learning: Pre-Flight Workshop, Eau Claire, WI, March 8, 2018.

The 2018 PBL Summer Institute, brought to you by the Innovative Schools Network. Join practitioners from across the country in an extremely productive conference that focuses on the powerful learning that is happening in the variety of options out there for K-12 project based learning. Come to experience best practices in teacher-directed projects, co-created projects, student-led projects and the strategies for project management in each area. See Agenda here.

Assessment 2.0 at the HTH GSE Spring Residency, Wednesday, May 30 through Friday, June 1, 2018

Assessment 2.0 is themed around the use of presentations, exhibitions, curation, critique, reflection and the celebration of student work as a vehicle for facilitating student learning. Workshop topics include the nuts and bolts of student presentations of learning, meaningful exhibitions of student work, collaborative assessment of student work, and the ability to create projects with an audience in mind. Participants will work with HTH teachers and students to understand how the curation and critique of student work impacts the student and teacher experience, influences—or even drives—project design, and plays a primary role in school culture and student learning.

Also see:

TeachThought PBL #Grow18, Frazier History Museum Downtown Louisville, July 9-11, 2018

Join educators, innovators, best-selling authors, and master PBL facilitators from around the world to learn how to grow your teaching and learning with PBL through our Foundations of Project-Based Learning Workshop! You'll leave with a project ready to implement in your classroom. Leaders will learn how to grow and support PBL in your school.

Three powerful days of: professional learning; connecting and networking; innovative and critical thinking; focus on PBL design, assessment, management, and support; unique keynote speakers to help you work more creatively. The scheduled facilitators are Dayna Laur, Jill Ackers-Clayton, John McCarthy, and Drew Perkins. See bios here.

New Technology High School Center for Excellence, Napa, CA.

New Technology High School, Napa, CA, the flagship school of the New Tech Network, offers Trainings, Study Tours, and special institutes.

Trainings: Through the New Tech High Center for Excellence, we offer extended trainings for schools and educators. These trainings can either be held on-site at New Tech High or our trainers will come to you. For more information on pricing and how to set-up a training please visit the link below.

Study Tours: The Study Tours are an extensive one day training session that provides schools and educators a deeper look at how New Tech High has become a leader in project-based learning and school reform. Participants will tour the campus, learn more about the New Tech model and interact informally with students and staff.

Rigorous PBL by Design with Michael McDowell, Ed.D , April 18-20, 2018

Contact Aaron Eisberg, Center for Excellence Coordinator, with any questions at newtechhighcfe@gmail.com.

* PBL Training Institutes that would like to be included for recommendation on this page, please email me at bobpearlman@mindspring.com.

21C Learning Conferences 2018

P21's Patterns of Innovation Conference, Napa, CA, March 27-28, 2018

The Patterns of Innovation conference - powered by P21, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning- brings together more than 400 educators from around the world to lovely Napa so we can develop and share best practices in 21st century teaching and learning. Attendees craft their own learning experience by focusing on one of the five conference themes: Community Partnerships, Evidence and Data, Distributed Leadership, Climate of Achievement, or Student Agency. The five themes are grouped by instructional setting (early learning, K-12, or beyond school) so that attendees can follow a theme - such as Student Agency - over the two days or choose a track that keeps them engaged with colleagues at their level. Register here.

Also see P21 EXEMPLARS REPRESENT BEST PRACTICES IN 21C TEACHING AND LEARNING by Dave Ross, P21 CEO, January 09, 2018; 21st Century Learning Exemplar program; Patterns of Innovation Report; P21's Framework for 21st Century Learning; and "The 5 Pillars of Whole School Transformation" by David Ross, Getting Smart, January 3, 2017.

Big Picture Learning Big Bang National Summer Conference 2018, July 23-27, Atlanta, GA

Big Picture Learning invites you to the 17th annual BPL Big Bang International Conference on Student-Centered Learning.

Big Bang provides a unique experience for BPL network schools, partners and practitioners interested in learning and sharing with creative educators from around the world. See videos of Big Bang 2017 here.

Deeper Learning 2018, March 28-30, San Diego, CA, High Tech High Graduate School of Education

Deeper Learning 2018, March 28-30, 2018: DL2018 is the 6th annual gathering of powerful educators focused on creating more opportunities for students to learn deeply. At DL2018 you will: Experience deeper learning for yourself through deep dives, interactive workshops and an innovate makerspace; Connect with powerful educators who care deeply about preparing students for college and the careers of tomorrow; and Create new ideas, synergies and tools to implement and scale deeper learning. View the DL2017 Schedule of Events and the DL2016 program; Sign up for the Deeper Learning MOOC; Join the Deeper Learning Comunity on and Follow the twitter feed #DeeperLearning.

For International Educators, see the 3rd annual International Convening on Deeper Learning, March 27, 2018.

Building Learning Communities 18, July 25-27, 2018, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA.

Join us in Boston, along with educators from more than 25 countries, to share in the joy and adventure of exploring practical innovation in learning. Led by Alan November, the 19th BLC program is selected from among the very best educators, developers and thinkers in the world. Our social events to our informal meet-ups to our Boston geocaching adventure will give you the much needed informal social time to deepen your conversations and add to your professional network. You will return home renewed, globally networked, and ready to immediately apply successful practices. BLC18 pre-conference master classes July 22-24, 2018. Learn more about previous events: Relive BLC17, BLC2016 Website BLC15 BLC14 BLC13

Constructing Modern Knowledge, July 10-13, 2018, Manchester, NH

Constructing Modern Knowledge, led by Gary Stager, is a minds-on institute for educators committed to creativity, collaboration and computing. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in intensive computer-rich project development with peers and a world-class faculty. Inspirational guest speakers and social events round out the fantastic event - James Loewen, Paul DiMeo, Mitch Resnick, Joseph Paradiso, Eric Rosenbaum, Gray Stager,, and others to be announced. Faculty include Cynthia Solomon, Brian Silverman, Gary Stager, Brian C. Smith, Dan Lynn Watt, Molly Lynn Watt, Sylvia Martinez, Claudia Urrea, Cathy Helgoe, and Brian Smith. Register here.

Reflections on CMK 2014: Library of Project Videos, Photos, Blogs, Twitter Feed

FUSE 2017 conference: Design Thinking Experience, June 14-16, 2017, Atlanta, GA. Led by the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. 2018 dates TBD.

Fuse17 is a unique design thinking experience, hosted and facilitated by the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI). In its sixth year, fuse17 provides educators and folks from other industries an opportunity to learn design thinking by doing design thinking! At #fuse17, the Flight Crew (coaches) from Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation will guide a small but powerful team of design thinkers and doers on a mission to make a difference while learning DEEP design thinking methods that not only can change school, but that can also change the world. Download the 1-page conference guide.

32nd International Self-Directed Learning Symposium K-12 Day: What Works: New Schools for All Learners, Cocoa Beach, FL, February 7-10, 2018

The International Self-Directed Learning Symposium provides an international forum for the discussion of important current developments in the study and application of self-directed learning. The program design emphasizes presentations of recent research findings, intensive individual participation, and group exploration of problems, issues and concepts. Program structure includes large group sessions as well as small group interaction opportunities.. 2017 Flyer. Registration.

 

5th International Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Symposium, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore, March 15 - 17 , 2017

The 5th International Problem-Based Learning Symposium 2017 (5th IPBLS2017) focuses on the emergent challenges and opportunities in the future of skills. The rise of smart technology, the global economy and an increasingly connected world collectively create unprecedented disruptions to what it means to stay relevant and competitive. Educational institutions and industry organisations must work in close partnership with policymakers to deepen the conversation on the skills learners require through harnessing the appropriate technological and human resources to develop those skills.

Registration | Call for Papers | Twitter: @pblsymposium | Facebook

Cautionary Note on PBL Professional Development: PBL is hard to do well. PBL and authentic assessment require significant professional development. Districts and states that hope to spread PBL through a set of workshops and one to two week training sessions will not achieve their goal. Districts and states that wish to scale 21st Century Learning through PBL should adopt a comprehensive systems approach to professional development that includes a system of shadowing, training, and personal coaching for every teacher, a professional learning community within a school and across schools, and an online sharing community, all carried out over a multi-year time frame. All the organizations and individuals recommended above can be highly effective in helping districts and schools, but only if they are deployed sufficiently for training and coaching. See my articles on 21st Century Learning. -- Bob