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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

1. Seeing the Future
2. Project-Based Learning Basics (101)
3. Powerful PBL (201)
4. Raising the Bar through PBL (301)
5. Technology in the PBL Classroom
6. CityWorks: Exploring the Community Through PBL
7. PBL in Career and Technical Education (CTE)
8. Internships Made Meaningful
9. Student Advisories that Work
10. Team Teaching and Integrated Curriculum Development
11. Proficiency-Based Assessment

1. Seeing the Future
Many new, reforming, and self-reflective schools have discovered the power of envisioning and articulating a coherent set of design principles and learning goals to inform and guide their academic focus and priorities. This workshop takes participants where they are starting from, and guides them through a process of creating or refining their academic vision and mission. Activities and topics include:

orangedingMulti-Media Presentation
orangedingSWOT analysis of opportunities and goals
orangedingGuiding principles for program design
orangedingBest practices and habits of mind
orangedingGAP analysis and next steps
orangedingLearning goals and indicators for success


2. Project-Based Learning Basics (101)
This workshop provides an overview of great PBL in action, immersing participants in a process of reviewing best practice examples, identifying elements of strong projects, brainstorming ideas and outlines for integrated projects, and using project planning tools and timelines to create outlines for dynamic projects they can use in their classrooms. NOTE: We suggest a minimum of two days for this workshop. Activities and topics include:

orangedingMulti-Media Presentation
orangedingElements of significant learning
orangedingThe Six A’s of designing successful projects
orangedingProject grab bag
orangedingDesigning projects from passions and interests
orangedingPresenting project outlines

3. Powerful PBL (201)
Delving deeper into the elements of powerful PBL, this workshop engages participants in the creation of detailed project frameworks and assessment rubrics and an exploration of effective student presentation, feedback, and reflection practices. Activities and topics include:

orangedingMulti-Media Presentation
orangedingEffective project organization and management
orangedingPlanning backwards using rubrics and milestones
orangedingPerformance-based assessment methods
orangedingAligning to state standards
orangedingPresentations of student learning

4. Raising the Bar through PBL (301)
This workshop explores the public nature of projects and their central role in creating a culture of teaching and learning that is highly visible, connected to the community, and assessed through real-world standards of quality and performance. Activities and topics include:

orangedingMulti-Media Presentation
orangedingExhibitions of (real) learning
orangedingConnecting to community mentors
orangedingCreating products of lasting value
orangedingConstructive feedback and student critique
orangedingProject tuning protocols for teacher reflection

5. Technology in the PBL Classroom
Highlighting examples of technology-rich projects and strategies from a variety of schools from throughout the U.S., this workshop looks at the many opportunities that information technology and technology-infused projects open up within the PBL classroom. Activities and topics include:

orangedingMulti-Media Presentation
orangedingUsing integrated communication systems
orangedingTraveling the world through virtual networking
orangedingCritical thinking for online research
orangedingUsing open source educational resources
orangedingIntelligent tutoring

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6. CityWorks: PBL and Community Exploration
This workshop offers an overview of the award winning CityWorks program at the Rindge School of Technical Arts in Cambridge, MA, in which participants use the community as a text for project-based investigations, community needs assessments, model making, and multi-media presentations. Activities and topics include:

orangedingMulti-Media Presentation
orangedingWalk around the block
orangedingThe individual and the community
orangedingLocal heroes
orangedingEntrepreneurship in action
orangedingLandmarks for a new tomorrow

7. PBL in Career and Technical Education (CTE)
CTE programs offer excellent environments in which PBL challenges students to master a range of critical thinking skills and gain an understanding of "all aspects" of their industry. This workshop uses real-life examples to explore the potential of CTE projects to engage students' interests and passions as they learn both career specific and broad-based transferable skills. Activities and topics include:

orangedingMulti-Media Presentation
orangedingRight brain thinking and the workplace
orangedingProjects and products of meaning and value
orangedingMentoring through apprenticeship
orangedingWhat is high quality work?
orangedingIndustry reflections and emerging identity

8. Internships Made Meaningful
Internships, job shadows, and workplace experiences can have a profound impact on students' emerging identities as learners, workers, and young adults. This workshop explores how to maximize the internships potential by grounding workplace experiences in a process of active exploration and reflection. Activities and topics include:

orangedingMulti-Media Presentation
orangedingWorkplace reflections and emerging identity
orangedingCareer paths: straight shot or winding road?
orangedingMentoring that matters
orangedingCreating products of meaning and value
orangedingRight brain thinking and the workplace

9. Student Advisories that Work
Well-conceived student advisories can help to personalize school programs and give students essential academic, social, emotional, and college planning support. This workshop looks at elements of successful advisory programs and begins the process of building an advisory curriculum tailored to your school's and students' needs. Activities and topics include:

orangedingMulti-Media Presentation
orangedingAcademic support and monitoring
orangedingEffective communication and social skills
orangedingBuilding community through advisories
orangedingCollege planning and modeling
orangedingCelebrating diversity

10. Team Teaching and Integrated Curriculum Development
This workshop looks at models for teacher teaming and collaboration within a PBL environment and introduces a framework for developing Integrated Curriculum Units (ICUs) that span disciplines and introduce compelling generative themes. Activities and topics include:

orangedingMulti-Media Presentation
orangedingCreating synergy with cross-discipline projects
orangedingIntegrated Curriculum Units (framework)
orangedingBalancing content with projects
orangedingProject tuning protocols for teaching teams
orangedingExhibitions that rock

11. Proficiency-Based Assessment
This workshop explores formats for, and models of, successful proficiency-based assessment such as exhibitions of learning, student presentations, and competency-based grading, in which the evaluation process is driven by a student's mastery of skills and knowledge, rather than accumulation of hours spent in a classroom.

orangedingMulti-Media Presentation
orangedingStudent exhibitions
orangedingPresentations of learning
orangedingConstructive feedback and student critique
orangedingGateway evaluations
orangedingRaising the bar for high quality work

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