Learning Opportunity

Project Based Learning (PBL) 101 for 21st Century Learners

Facilitators: Shelley Wright Buck Institute for Education

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Jan 21, 2015 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm MDT)
Day 2Jan 22, 2015 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm MDT)
Day 3Jan 23, 2015 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm MDT)
(includes lunch & workshop materials)
Location: Edmonton (ATA Barnett House)
11010 - 142 Street NW
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Session Code: 15-CR-055
Focus: Assessment Leadership

Target Audience

K-12 Teachers and Administrators

About this Learning Opportunity

. . . the overall focus on competencies will shift education away from a process of disseminating information to a process of inquiry and discoveryInspiring Education, 2010, p. 26

This workshop will engage you in learning the principles for designing, assessing and managing standards-focused projects as well as using performance assessments to judge the relevant work generated by 21st century learners. Through a combination of direct instruction, video analysis and hands-on collaborative work, you will have the opportunity to plan, design and receive peer feedback on an engaging and rigorous project using the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) model and tools.

You will receive a copy of the PBL 101 Workbook, which includes rubrics, planning forms, protocols, activities, readings and sample projects.

You can also continue to receive support through the BIE forums and by participating in their biweekly webinars.

It is recommended that you bring any or all of the following to the session:

  • Provincial programs of study
  • Provincial, district or school planning calendars (including assessment calendars)
  • Provincial, district or school recommended reading lists
  • Provincial, district, school or personal curriculum materials (including assessment) that will assist you in planning a rigorous, relevant project

As well, it is recommended but not mandatory that you have a copy of the PBL Starter Kit (Grades 6-12) or PBL for Elementary Grades (K-5), which can be purchased at www.bie.org.

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Shelley Wright has been a high school teacher for fifteen years, with a focus in the areas of English, Biology, Chemistry and technology. She has also worked in her school division as a learning consultant and vice principal. She is currently on leave from her to division to work as an online instructional designer for SIAST & Olds College. Her passion in education is social justice, PBL/inquiry and helping students make the world a better place. Shelley has had the privilege of speaking to thousands of teachers about the power of student driven learning, including speaking at TEDx West Vancouver. She is currently a National Faculty Candidate at Buck Institute for Education. In her spare time, she works on aPhD in Curriculum & Instruction, with a focus on mobile technology & literacy.