An opportunity for California school leaders interested in transforming their schools through PBL

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Setting out into the unknown?

The journey from traditional instruction to PBL can often feel like a winding, uncertain path. You may find yourself wondering how you’re actually going to implement and sustain high quality PBL in your school. Or how you’ll fit PBL in with what your school is already doing. And what about your teachers? What’s the best way to support them through this transition so that all of their students can benefit?

You’re not on your own.

Instead of blazing this trail by yourself, imagine traveling with a group of your peers—from within your school and throughout your region. Our California Innovative Leader Network (CA ILN) is designed to help you build your strengths as well as those of your leadership team, so your school can create the ideal conditions for implementing high quality PBL, and sustaining its momentum.

We'll be forming two cohorts of 20 schools each - one for schools in Southern California and one for schools in Northern California. We welcome Central Coast folks to apply for either cohort closest to you.

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Who should apply?

School leaders from K-12 schools looking to gain the skills and knowledge for successful and sustainable implementation of PBL.

What does it cost?

We’re excited to share that with the support of the Stuart Foundation, we are able to offer this 12 month leadership professional development opportunity for a significantly-reduced price of $1,000 per school leader.

What’s the timeline?

  • Oct 1, 2020: Applications available here
  • Dec 4, 2020 5:00pm PT: Due date for applications
  • January 4, 2021: Notification of school acceptance
  • February 2021 (TBD): Leader Launch workshop


What are the selection criteria?

We welcome school leaders interested in developing the knowledge, skills, and strategies for leading high quality Project Based Learning (PBL) at their schools. We welcome schools who are just starting their PBL journey, as well as those who are already on their way and want to go deeper.

  • School leaders should be committed to completing the entire CA ILN experience beginning in February 2021 through February 2022. This includes 66 total hours of professional development and support - 54 hours of online professional development and 12 hours of virtual coaching.
  • Preference will be given to applicants in schools serving high percentages of Black and Brown students and students eligible for free or reduced lunch.

To learn more...

...complete the form below to connect with Antoinette Magee, our Regional Director of Educational Partnerships in Los Angeles.

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5 Reasons we think you should apply.

1. You’ll walk away with concrete strategies and deliverables to help you put your leadership plan into action - including a shared vision, agreements, and commitment to PBL for your school.

2. You’ll forge relationships among your fellow network participants and your network leader (PBLWorks) to help sustain your work.

3. You’ll benefit from the time and space to reflect and learn – analyzing your successes, areas for growth, implementation challenges, and shifts in thinking and practice.

4. You’ll grow and deepen your leadership practice, as individuals and as a team.

5. Our approach is based on educational research, and the experience of guiding thousands of leaders and teachers on this journey over 20 years.

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Save the date: Project Slice workshops for CA

Tuesday, December 1 — 8:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 — 8:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m.

Limited capacity! We’re excited to offer two no-cost PBL Project Slice online workshops (a $200 value) for educators in California. This is a great chance for school leaders and teachers to experience firsthand how transformative Project Based Learning can be. Priority to school leaders who register with one or two teachers.

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Ready to learn more? Complete the form below, and we’ll send you the Application Guide.