A School Network, created for Massachusetts PBL leaders

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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.

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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.


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


Boston Collegiate Charter School - Boston

Greater Lowell Technical High School - Tyngsborough

Ivy Street School - Brookline

Milton Bradley Elementary School - Springfield

Miscoe Hill Middle School - Mendon

Norton High School - Norton

Waltham High School - Waltham

Woburn Memorial High School - Woburn

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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?

  • TBA: Applications open for MA School Leader Network Cohort 3
  • TBA: Letter of Intent Due (highly recommended)
  • TBA: Due date for applications
  • TBA: Notification of school acceptance
  • TBA: 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 (DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED).
  • 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, over 40% 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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