The PBL Academy provides project based learning instruction, structure, and on-going support for K-12 educators. The goal of the PBL Academy is to help teachers improve student achievement through rigorous, authentic projects that address academic standards as well as the development of 21st century skills. Watch this jaw-dropping animation/presentation by Ken Robinson that argues for a change in the current educational paradigm, and sheds light on the importance of the PBL Academy's goals.
Fundamental to the PBL Academy is the creation and strengthening of classroom to community bonds. Each project developed by participating teachers must address an actual local ‘need’ ─ an on-going business process, an enhancement of a municipal program, etc. This building of partnerships between classrooms and local enterprises has been one of the key elements in the success and growth of the PBL Academy concept.
The June 2012 session of The PBL Academy is complete and teachers are implementing the PBL units they designed and are ready to share their roses and thorns at our follow-up sessions.
Since our first Academy in June 2009 (then known as Math Matters), a vibrant community of more than 400 educators (in all subject areas PK-16) utilizing PBL in their classrooms has developed and is prospering throughout Southeastern Indiana and beyond. Most of these educators teach in traditional schools; some in totally project-based learning environments. Their use of the PBL instructional model varies from some teachers facilitating one or several projects per year to other teachers who have converted their classrooms to 'wall-to-wall' PBL. This growing community of PBL teachers will be increasingly supported through a PBL Coaches Cadre, a group of educators who are experienced in the project-based learning model and are available locally to provide mentoring and information to individual teachers and schools about this innovative and successful methodology.
Applications for the 2013-2014 PBL Academy are now being accepted. Please click here to view the informational flyer. Note that the 2013-14 Academy will be offering participants the choice of attending in Osgood (week of June 17) or Columbus (week of June 10). These 5-day workshops are intended for educators with little or no experience in Project Based Learning. Please click here to apply. Please note that application does not guarantee acceptance. Space is limited, so apply soon. (*** WE ARE OFFERING A 20% DISCOUNT ON THE $500 ACADEMY FEES, IF YOU REGISTER AS A GROUP OF 3 OR MORE.)
Summer 2013 PBL Academy will address “Need to Knows” of Experienced PBL Educators. We anticipate this will include workshops with a variety of potential community partners to inspire new project contexts & time to collaborate with other experienced educators to take you to the next level of PBL in your classroom. Let your voice be heard by sharing your “Need to Knows” via an email to us or by contributing to the Advanced Need to Know forum found here on the Moodle site.
Project based learning works. It consistently results in enhanced student interest and involvement as well as in the development of stronger collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving skills. The PBL Academy is committed to building and supporting a strong PBL community in Indiana one teacher at a time.
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