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Project Based Learning (PBL) 101

PBL 101

What happens when students become active participants in instructional design? — Authentic learning and real world application! Research indicates that Project Based Learning (PBL) may increase students' long-term retention, help them perform well on standardized tests, improve their problem-solving and collaboration skills, and improve their attitudes toward learning.

Discover the eight (8) principles essential to STEM PBL and the benefits of incorporating PBL not only in STEM content classes but also throughout cross content and curricula. By workshop's end, you will have a PBL to take back and use in your own classroom.

Day 1 at a Glance

  • STEM Education Overview
  • How PBL Fits into STEM Education
  • The Engineering Design Process
    (There will be an exciting design challenge, so bring your thinking caps.)
  • The Facts and Misconceptions Associated with PBL
  • Understanding the Difference Between Traditional Projects and PBL Lessons
  • Steps of a PBL from Start to Finish
  • Essential Components of a PBL
  • Using the Critical Friends Protocol to Fine Tune a Lesson (Hands-on Activity)
  • Use of the Texas Tech T-STEM Center PBL Checklist SPECIFIC
  • PBL Resource Overview

Days 2 and 3 of the series will provide participants with tools and resources for PBL lesson design and implementation. With guidance and support, participants will create their own PBL lessons that can be taken back to the classroom and implemented with students.

  • PBL- It’s a Brain Thing (How the brain works and PBL’s effect on learning.)
  • Hitting the Mark with Standards (Aligning curriculum and standards to ensure rigor.)
  • Determining the Scope of the Project
  • Creating the Driving Question
  • Project Based Learning Instruction and Assessment Alignment
  • Creating Rubrics
  • Designing Student Workshops
  • The Project Launch
  • Entry Documents
  • Managing the PBL
  • Incorporating Purposeful Technology into the PBL
  • Critical Friends and Project Based Learning
  • Project vs Problem Based Learning

What You Take Home

  • Experience in developing a project based learning content focused lesson
  • Strategies for using project based learning to enhance classroom learning
  • Project based learning curriculum development resource materials
  • Texas College and Career Readiness Standards booklet
  • 1.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Texas Tech University ($30 if requested)
  • 18 hours Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit
  • 9 hours of content qualify as Gifted and Talented

About the Instructor

De'Lila Holder

De'Lila Holder has been an educator and administrator for a total of 25 years in Texas education: former teacher for 15 years and campus and district administration for 10 years. She now serves as an Associate Director of the Texas Tech’s T-STEM Center. She is passionate about education and feels honored to work with exceptional professional educators sharing with them her knowledge, encouragement and dedication to STEM education.


Two Dates Available

June 24-26, 2015

July 28-30, 2015

  • Fee: No charge for this workshop,
    but registration is required to attend
  • Each workshop date is limited to 25 participants
  • Meals and lodging on your own
    Hotels with Texas Tech Rates

Same Workshop Offered Two Times

June 24-26, 2015

  • Region 17 Education Service Center
    1111 West Loop 289, Lubbock, TX
  • Classroom: Room 255

July 28-30, 2015

  • Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX
  • Classroom: International Cultural Center, Texas Tech, Room 105 A/B
  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Daily Instruction
  • Focus on Grade Levels: 6-12
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