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Intro to PBL - Deeper Learning Workshop

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West Seattle High School

3000 California Ave SW

Seattle, WA 98116

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DAY 1 - Wednesday, July 26, 2017: ONE-DAY PROJECT "SLICE"

Learn PBL by DOING PBL in this one-day Project Slice - an immersive experience where teachers get to experience high quality PBL first-hand. Slices start with a provocative entry event on intriguing design challenges and end the day with an exhibition, complete with presentations of learning with educators’ products in-hand. Along the way, participants respond to powerful focusing questions.They experience high-quality, formative assessments with the use of protocols for drafting, critique and revision. They experience non-linear and personalized construction of knowledge first-hand.

Project Slice Snapshot: Biomimicry Designs:

For years, humans have been stealing ideas from plants and animals to create tools, solve problems and enhance their lives. For example, humans used biomimicry with the kangaroo's pouch to inspire the Baby Bjorn - a tool humans use to carry babies.

Try your hand at Design Thinking to ideate and conceptualize a solution, inspired from nature, that helps humans with an everyday problem. Solution concepts will be publicly exhibited at the end of the day.


Session Description: "How can we design effective and engaging Project Based experiences for students?"

Learn the fundamentals of project based learning development and implementation in this workshop for teachers and instructional leaders.

Highly interactive by design, this workshop balances work-time with engaging didactics, activities, facilitated discussions, protocols and task review checkpoints. The training results in the ideation of a useable, peer-reviewed project-based unit participants can implement in their classrooms.

During this engaging and active workshop, participants will...

  • Build common language around the characteristics of PBL and explore the difference between "Projects" and PBL.

  • Assess sample projects using clear criteria for high quality Project Based Learning.

  • Apply an intuitive design process to create an original project that can be implemented beyond the workshop.

  • Participate in one or more tuning protocols to give and receive feedback to improve work in progress.

  • Review free, useful resources from a variety of sources.

  • Dive deeper on topics such as:

  1. Teaching & Assessing 21st Century Competencies

  2. Methods of Focused Inquiry

  3. Supporting Drafting and Critique with Students

  4. Developing High Quality Entry Events

  5. Curating Project Work

  6. Common PBL Practices

  7. Exhibitions & Presentations of Learning

Deliverable: Participants will walk out the door with an original Project Based unit they can use in their classrooms with students.

Printed Materials: Participants will receive a free PBL Planning Guide:

Location: Event will be held in Seattle, WA - at West Seattle High School.

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Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Charity Allen at any of the following:
Telephone: 360-440-3968

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring your photo ID or a printed ticket.

What is the refund policy?

No refunds will be issued.

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3000 California Ave SW

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