Learning Forward Virginia Project Based Learning



Project Based Learning Virginia Institute 

Learning Forward Virginia (LFVA) is excited to bring the third Project Based Learning Institute to Virginia. Project Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, challenge, or problem.


Educators will register for one of the following three-day workshops:

The PBL 101 Workshop is focused on how to design and plan to implement a Gold Standard project. The PBL 101 Workshop is our foundational three-day (consecutive) onsite workshop based on our model of Gold Standard PBL. It provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to design, assess, and manage a rigorous, standards-based project. It also includes key elements of educational equity in the experience. The workshop models the project process. Facilitated by one of our expert National Faculty, the workshop is a balanced blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback. Participants are actively engaged in project design, with the expectation that every teacher or teaching team will generate a project plan that receives formative feedback from the facilitator and participants.


PBL 201 Workshop: Building a Learner Centered Classroom

Prerequisite: PBL 101

Focus Teaching Practices: Align to Standards, Build the Culture, Manage Activities, Assess Student Learning

In this active and participatory three-day learning experience, educators will learn strategies for increasing the engagement and empowerment of all students in the PBL classroom. Experienced PBL educators who attend this workshop will learn to skillfully plan for student choice throughout a project and to use management structures that place student learning at the center. They will reflect on the use of peer feedback as a tool for student empowerment and distributed expertise in the classroom. Workshop attendees will apply the practices they learn to the development of a high-quality standards-aligned project and a plan for learner-centered project implementation in their classrooms.


PBL Coaching Workshop

The PBL Coaching Workshop is our foundational three-day workshop

based on our PBL Coaching Cycle and aligned to Gold Standard Project Based Learning. It provides instructional coaches/leaders with the knowledge and skills to support teachers in project implementation. Facilitated by one of PBLWorks’ expert National Faculty, the workshop is a balanced blend of direct instruction, videos from the field, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback. Participants are actively engaged in developing a PBL Coaching Toolkit, with the expectation that this work will be shared with all participants in the workshop.



Leadership Team Workshop

The PBL Leadership Team Workshop is a three-day intensive dive into how school and district leaders support the conditions for Project Based Learning to thrive in their systems. Reflecting on their current reality, participants will design their strategy to implement PBL and foster a project based mindset for teaching, learning and leading that moves them forward along the PBL Leadership Progression of Practice.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop will support school and district leadership teams to forward the work of Project Based Learning in their setting whether new or experienced practitioners of PBL.


Registration opens May 20, 2019.




  • When

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 - Saturday, October 26, 2019
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
    2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
    Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

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