2017 PBL Training Institutes*

and 21st Century Learning Conferences

Here are the PBL Training Institutes and 21st Century Learning Conferences for 2017 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: May, 2017

May, 2017:TeachThought PBL #Grow17, Frazier History Museum Downtown Louisville, July 17-19, 2017
November, 2016: Magnify Learning Project-Based Learning Institute, June 19-22, 2017, Indianapolis / Plymouth / Columbus
November, 2016: PBL World 2017, from the Buck Institute for Education, is coming to Napa Valley, California, June 20-22, 2017, with a pre-conference day on June 19.

PBL Training Institutes

  1. Think Global PBL Academies. See scheduled academies.
  2. PBL World, June 20-22, 2017 in Napa, CA
  3. BIE PBL Institutes
  4. Engage! Learning
  5. Magnify Learning Project-Based Learning Institute, June 19-22, 2017, Indianapolis / Plymouth / Columbus
  6. Innovative Schools Network PBL Summer Institute, June 16-17, 2016, Wisconsin
  7. HTH GSE Spring Residency - Assessment 2.0, Wednesday, May 31 through Friday, June 2, 2017, San Diego, CA, High Tech High
  8. TeachThought PBL #Grow17, Frazier History Museum Downtown Louisville, July 17-19, 2017

21C Learning Conferences

  1. Big Picture Learning Big Bang National Summer Conference 2017, July 25-28, St. Louis, MO
  2. Deeper Learning 2016, March 23-25, 2016, San Diego, CA, High Tech High
  3. Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2017, July 26-28, Boston, MA
  4. Constructing Modern Knowledge, July 11-14, 2017, Manchester, NH
  5. FUSE 2017 conference: Design Thinking Experience, June 14-16, 2017, Atlanta, GA. Led by the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation.
  6. 31st International Self-Directed Learning Symposium K-12 Day: What Works: New Schools for All Learners, Cocoa Beach, FL, Friday, February 10, 2017
  7. 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.

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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 · customerservice@advancedreasoningined.com. 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.

 

PBL World, June 20-22, 2017 in Napa, CA. See Selected Talks at PBL World 2016 and 2016 PBL World Highlights.

PBL World 2017, from the Buck Institute for Education, is coming to Napa Valley, California, June 20-22, 2017, with a pre-conference day on June 19. 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 2017 and the opening date of registration.

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

Palm Valley PBL Institute, August 23-25, Coachella Valley, CA
Evergreen PBL Institute, June 13-15, 2017, San Jose, CA,
Upper Midwest Conference, Eden Prairie Schools, MN June 21-23, 2017
Marin Summer Institute, June 27-29, 2017, West Marin County, California
PBL Ohio Institute, July 25-27, 2017, Columbus, Ohio
Region 10 PBLTexas, July 31! Richardson, TX
PBL Canada Institute, Hillfield Strathallan College, August 21-23, 2017. Hamilton, ON

 

 

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.

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 19-22, 2017. 3 sites: Plymouth, IN - Riverside Intermediate; Indianapolis, IN, site TBD; and Columbus, IN CSA New Tech High School.

Magnify Learning will offer three 4-day open enrollment sessions on Project Based Learning professional development for K-16 educators, instructional coaches,and administrators. Sessions will be held June 19-22, 2017 in three Indiana locations: Columbus, Indianapolis, and Plymouth. 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, June 22-23, 2017, Weston, Wisconsin

The 2017 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 2017 Agenda here.

Assessment 2.0 at the HTH GSE Spring Residency, Wednesday, May 31 through Friday, June 2, 2017

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 Adult Learning at High Tech High Residencies and Institutes and the 2015 Summer Institute Program (PDF).

TeachThought PBL #Grow17, Frazier History Museum Downtown Louisville, July 17-19, 2017

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.

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

21C Learning Conferences 2017

Big Picture Learning Big Bang National Summer Conference 2017, July 25-28, St. Louis, MO, 2017

Big Picture Learning invites you to the 16th 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.

Deeper Learning 2017, March 29-31, 2017, San Diego, CA, High Tech High

Deeper Learning 2016, March 23-25, 2016: DL2016 is the 4th annual gathering of powerful educators focused on creating more opportunities for students to learn deeply. At DL2016 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 DL2016 program and theDL2015 program; Sign up for the Deeper Learning MOOC; Join the Deeper Learning Comunity on and Follow the twitter feed #DeeperLearning.

Building Learning Communities 17, July 26-28, 2017, 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 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. BLC17 pre-conference master classes July 23-25, 2017. Learn more about previous events: BLC2016 Website BLC15 BLC14 BLC13

Constructing Modern Knowledge, July 11-14, 2017, 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 - Paulie DiMeo, Mitch Resnick, Leah Buckley, Deborah Meier, Edith Ackermann, David Loader, Sherry Lassiter, and others. Register here. Download the CMK 2015 Brochure.

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.

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.

31st International Self-Directed Learning Symposium K-12 Day: What Works: New Schools for All Learners, Cocoa Beach, FL, Friday, February 10, 2017

Deeper learning provides opportunities for school leaders to transform teaching and learning practices by focusing on higher expectations and results. The best of new models call for whole school transformation. This focused study day will bring to you four nationally recognized school leaders who transformed their public elementary and secondary schools: Dr. Rob Riordan, co-founder of High Tech High and President Emeritus, High Tech High Graduate School of Education; Aaron Brengard, principal of Katherine Smith Elementary (San Jose, California), a P21 Exemplar elementary school; Steve Zipkes, founding Principal of Manor New Tech High School (Texas) and member of President Obama’s STEM commission; and Deborah Esparza,Vice President of Programs for the Illinois 21C Consortium. 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