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NEW Fall 2021 PBL Webinar Series!

An Exclusive Opportunity for Massachusetts Educators 

Interested in learning more about Project Based Learning and how it is the best fit for welcoming our students back to school after a year like no other?  PBLWorks’ is proud to partner with the One8 Foundation to offer a series of webinars, organized around topics that are relevant to the start of a new school year and learning more about what Project Based Learning is and why the time for it is now.  Bonus - learn more about the MA School Leader Network opportunity! 

Join us for a series of  free,  interactive webinars 

open to all Massachusetts educators

True to PBLWorks’ style, these are not sit and get opportunities!  Join us to learn and engage with fellow practitioners from across the state who are bringing PBL to their schools and classrooms.

The series begins on September 29th and runs every other Wednesday  through November 10th.  Participants who attend and complete the brief, post- webinar survey will be entered to win a license for the PBLWorks Project Designer

Check out the full list of topics, dates, details & registration information below. 

Tried & True Strategies for PBL success 

 When: Sept 29, 2021 from 3:00-4:15 pm 

Overview: Every great PBL teacher has a grab bag full of well-tested instructional strategies-- join this webinar to add to yours! In this session, we’ll share practices for managing critique processes, creating project walls, organizing teams, and other helpful Project Based Learning practices. You’ll leave with some new ideas to try, as well as access to 18 free PBLWorks Strategy Guides that you can reference for just-in-time support as you lead projects in the classroom. Come connect with other Massachusetts educators and build your repertoire of PBL teaching tips!

Registration: https://forms.gle/YWtuSv7oKCTcqKqBA


Beyond the Research Paper: Authentic Products That Allow Students to Show What They Know

When: Oct 13, 2021 from 3:00-4:15 pm

Overview:  Tired of the same old research paper your students write to demonstrate what they’ve learned? Great news - there are plenty of other, more authentic ways to support students in showing what they know and can do as it relates to academic and 21st c.  learning goals. The new PBLWorks Product Toolkits provide step-by-step support to you as you scaffold student development of products such as podcasts, infographics, or museum exhibits. Join us to explore these brand-new resources and engage with other MA teachers to discuss how to use them in your classrooms right away! 

Registration: https://forms.gle/74g6YCzHTQbQkq8VA


 PBL for Leaders - MA School Leader Network

When: Oct 27, 2021 from 3:00-4:15 pm  

Overview: Gold Standard PBL has met its moment. As we welcome students back to school after a year like no other, leaders will need to have an intentional focus on re-establishing a culture of high expectations and relationships to promote academic success for all students. Join us to learn how PBLWorks has designed an approach to school and leadership partnership that is benefitting leaders across the country as they work to create a more equitable, student centered culture for teaching and learning in their schools. We’ll share exciting research on the impact of PBL on student learning and insights around how to get started with PBL in your school as part of the Massachusetts School Leader Network (SLN). Best of all you will hear from MA school leaders already engaged in this exciting work! 

Registration: https://forms.gle/Z4ZPJGYnNkYNAnAk7


Research-Based Tools for Measuring 21st Century Learning

When: Nov 10, 2021 from 3:00-4:15 pm  

Overview: Student learning goals (key knowledge, understanding, and success skills) are at the center of the PBLWorks Gold Standard model for PBL. Measuring success skills can be challenging! So PBLWorks is excited to introduce research-based success skills rubrics for collaboration, critical thinking, complex communication, and self-directed learning.  Join PBLWorks Senior Researcher, Kristi Wagner, Senior Curriculum Manager, Sarah Field, and Director of District & School Leadership for MA, Jason Colombino to learn about these new tools to support your students.

Registration: https://forms.gle/4JzeEErv9RehDDGB6



Setting out into the unknown? You’re not on your own.

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?

Instead of blazing this trail by yourself, imagine traveling with a group of your peers—from within your school and throughout your region. Our Massachusetts School Leader Network (MA SLN) is designed to help school leaders create the ideal conditions for PBL to thrive in their school, and to train teachers to implement high quality projects to accelerate and deepen learning.

Learn more about the benefits of networks.



This PBL School Leader Network includes schools across the state of Massachusetts. It is a two-year program that provides the deep levels of professional development and support that schools need – through a blend of online and face-to-face workshops, virtual coaching, and a peer network of local PBL leaders.

In addition, participating schools will receive PBLWorks’ Gold Standard PBL 101 training, and ongoing support for their teachers to begin (or continue) implementing high quality projects with students, right away!


Current network schools include:

Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School - Boston

Barnstable Intermediate School - Barnstable

Bellingham High School – Bellingham

Carver Middle High School – Carver

Galvin Middle School – Canton

KIPP Massachusetts – Boston and Lynn

Mary Walsh School – Springfield

Medway High School – Medway

Saugus Middle High School – Saugus

Wildwood Elementary School - Amherst

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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, and deeper and long-lasting learning for their students.

What’s the timeline?

  • August 9, 2021: Applications open for MA SLN
  • December 17, 2021 5:00pm ET: Due date for applications
  • February 11, 2022: Notification of school acceptance
  • March 2022: 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 MA SLN experience beginning in February 2022 through June 2024.
  • Preference will be given to applicants in schools serving high percentages of Black and Brown students and students eligible for free or reduced lunch.


What does it cost?

With the generous support of the One8 Foundation, 25% of the participation fee will be covered for the cohort of 8-10 schools in Massachusetts. To learn more, complete the form below to connect with Brian Murphy, our Regional Director of Educational Partnerships in Massachusetts.

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