Online Events for Teachers, Students & Administrators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Online Events for Teachers, Students & Administrators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Virtual Book Launch Party: Letters From the Inside

Please join me at a virtual book launch party to celebrate the publication of Letters From the Inside: Hope in the Journey Beyond Classroom and Cell.

Thursday, August 20 | 4:30 pm PDT | Online (RSVP for detailed instructions)

In conversation with author Mitali Perkins, I will discuss the backstory of how the book came to be, read a few excerpts, and answer questions from guests. Unfortunately, Jorge is still incarcerated and cannot join us, but we will discuss how to help him and his family as well.

Since we’ll be online, I can’t provide cake and champagne as I’d like to, but I hope you’ll bring your own beverage of choice to toast the new book.

When I wrote about my time teaching third grade in Literally Unbelievable: Stories from an East Oakland Classroom, I had no idea that my next book would be written by a very special co-author: one of my former students now in prison, a very real victim of the school-to-prison pipeline.

We have been working on this for the last few years, and are very excited that Letters From the Inside: Hope in the Journey Beyond Classroom and Cell, will be published on August 20, 2020. We hope the book provides a look behind the scenes: what happened in Jorge’s life to lead to prison, his daily life “inside,” and his hopes and dreams for the future.

Flinn Scientific

Flinn Scientific, a flagship provider of science lab materials and safety and STEM solutions for the K-16 education market, is offering new webinars this month and next to help district leaders and science educators plan for a safe start to this coming school year. As part of the extended Professional Learning Summer Webinar Series, the free webinars provide timely facts and information about reopening schools and facilitating student instruction in a safe format, regardless of the learning model.

“Our latest webinars cover a myriad of topics rooted in school, staff, and student safety which is a primary concern for educators as districts across the country are in the midst of preparing for this coming school year,” said Michael Lavelle, CEO of Flinn Scientific. “The webinars will cover timely expert information and recommendations that district leaders and science educators can use as they continue their planning.”

The webinars curate the top recommendations from recognized leaders in education, safety, and protection worldwide to help education leaders understand effective safety measures, processes, and protocols, as well as to help them shape their own data-driven plans for the coming school year. Each webinar is an hour long.

For district leaders, the topic is:

  • Guidance to Safe School Re-entry (Part C): Will cover the results from the recent OECD COVID-19 survey of countries around the world with specific direction into the re-opening guidance for school districts in North America based on the results of best practices and multi-disciplinary insights.

For science educators, topics include:

  • How to Teach Science in a COVID-19 Environment (Part 1): Will cover benefits to re-opening schools, planning for the continuity of learning, synchronous and asynchronous learning, instructional education models and considerations, what teaching science will look like now, managing the socio-emotional traumatic impact, and more.
  • How to Teach Science in a COVID-19 Environment (Part 2): Will discuss a new Flinn-created framework curated from various educational and health authorities that provides guidance on teaching science and STEM. It will also cover topics including re-opening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, considerations for safe-school opening, hygiene and PPE considerations, sanitizing and disinfection, teaching suggestions, safely offering science/STEM programs remotely, preventative measures to take in different in-person learning environments, science department order planning, and more.
  • Prep Room Concerns from a Prolonged School Closure: Will cover common concerns and remedies for safely handling and reopening science prep areas and chemical storerooms.

To learn more and register for these upcoming webinars and more, visit https://www.flinnsci.com/professional-learning/.

About Flinn Scientific

Flinn Scientific supports STEM/STEAM educators in opening young minds to the challenges and joys of scientific discovery and the design thinking process. The leader in science education and lab supplies and safety, Flinn Scientific also provides learning systems and professional development that incorporate differentiated digital experiences with hands-on learning grounded in the real-world to help all students think critically, explore like scientists and engineers, and solve problems creatively so they are ready for college and careers in an increasingly technology-driven world.

Back-To-School: Integrating Teletherapy into Your Service Delivery Model

Special 2-part webinar series to help schools plan for fall

NEW YORK, July 7, 2020 – As districts across the country are grappling with back-to-school plans, there are still a number of uncertainties that can make it feel like an impossible task. But, there are also valuable lessons learned from school closures this spring that schools can apply to their re-entry strategies.

PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, is hosting a special webinar series with its clinical experts and district leaders to help guide fall planning, especially as it relates to serving special education students.

Back-To-School: Integrating Teletherapy into Your Service Delivery Model

Part One: July 16 at 12 pm ET

Part One will cover specific examples of how PresenceLearning district partners pivoted to be sure their students with special needs continued to receive their required services through teletherapy and tele-assessment. PresenceLearning clinical experts will outline a flexible framework and steps schools can take now to be prepared for both in-school and in-home delivery of services. Topics will include managing various schedule scenarios; training for confident, effective delivery; choosing the best platform; staff contingency planning; coordinating with parents; and more.

Part Two: July 23 at 12 pm ET

In Part Two district leaders will join PresenceLearning clinical experts for a dedicated Q&A session where they will answer questions with real-world examples of what has and hasn’t worked well, and share their plans for school re-entry.

“It is increasingly evident that back to school plans will need to incorporate at least some online service contingencies. We’re excited to offer clinical perspectives on what our school partners learned in the first months of remote schooling, and how to apply those lessons to do even better in the fall. We’ve learned in our webinars during COVID that our audience has a lot of questions and wants practical answers, so we’re excited to try our new webinar format which includes a second session dedicated entirely to Q&A,” said PresenceLearning CEO Kate Eberle Walker.

To attend the upcoming webinar series, register now.

PresenceLearning, Inc. is the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools. The company connects speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals with students through its proprietary online platform, and has delivered more than 2.5 million teletherapy sessions at hundreds of K-12 schools and districts across the U.S. through its network of nearly 1,000 certified clinicians. Investors in the company include Bain Capital Double Impact, Catalyst Investors, Catamount Ventures, and New Markets Venture Partners. For more information, visit https://www.presencelearning.com.

Virtual Superintendent Symposium and Retreat

All district leaders are invited to a no-cost virtual retreat held by the Institute for Education Innovation to outline how to open schools safely and equitably in the fall

(Asheville, NC) July 7, 2020—All district leaders are invited to Institute for Education Innovation’s Superintendent Symposium and Retreat from July 24 to July 25 to workshop ideas for reopening schools in the safest and smartest way possible. With a focus on equity and social justice, the retreat will offer an innovative space both virtually and in person for Institute for Education Innovation (IEI) members as well as non-member superintendents and district administrators from across the country to come together and develop a blueprint for 2020’s version of back to school.

By the end of the symposium, IEI will have outlined a vision of concrete strategies for how districts can open safely and equitably. Workgroup discussions will be organized around district needs, taking into account the need for urban, suburban, and rural districts to connect with colleagues from similar contexts.

Themes and challenges will include:

  • The use of physical space;
  • Mental health and health protocols;
  • Cybersecurity and digital access;
  • Curriculum, instruction, and planning, and
  • Lessons learned from spring 2020 data.

Virtual attendees and in-person attendees will have equal opportunities to participate in the discussions via IEI’s virtual conference platform. In-person attendance at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, is by invitation only to ensure the safety of attendees and adherence to CDC guidance during the pandemic, but all are welcome to register and participate virtually.

“The irony of the pandemic is that district leaders have never so badly needed to get in a room together to problem solve and workshop creative ideas,” said Doug Roberts, founder and CEO of Institute of Education Innovation. “When members asked us to figure out a way to gather the group safely, we got to work figuring out how to make it happen. The IEI community, along with our colleagues in districts across the nation, have the rare opportunity to reopen schools with a focus on undoing some of the structural barriers to equity.”

Dr. Danny Merck, the superintendent of Pickens County (SC) Schools, who will be speaking at the symposium, said that this gathering of leaders to share strategies for coping with extraordinary circumstances is “about an attitude of continuous learning, the ability to learn from other leaders, and being vulnerable yourself. Our three priorities are the well-being and safety of our students, providing excellent teaching and learning, and supporting the economy. How we keep those priorities in order and be mindful that all three are important, without sacrificing the others is just one of the many difficult questions we will seek answers to at the upcoming symposium”

The retreat will have no more than 50 in-person attendees and an unlimited number of virtual attendees. This balanced environment will create a strong community, focused interaction, and positive change. The IEI Superintendent Symposium and Retreat will begin Friday, July 24 at 12 p.m. EDT and ends Saturday, July 25 at 3 p.m. EDT. Free registration will be open until Friday, July 24.

All district leaders are invited to join the Symposium’s virtual component. A la carte partial attendance by topic and session will be available. Interested educators may self-register here.

Institute for Education Innovation (IEI) builds relationships and hosts conferences and workshops that bring together educational innovators to explore new solutions to old challenges in schools across North America. By bridging gaps between the individuals and organizations committed to seeing students succeed in school, IEI creates a safe space for constructive problem-solving and innovative thinking. Learn more at InstituteForEdInnovation.com.

Flinn Scientific Professional Learning

Flinn Scientific, a flagship provider of science lab materials and safety and STEM solutions for the K-16 education market, is offering district and school leaders the Professional Learning Summer Webinar Series to help them plan for a safe return to school. Taking place during June and July, the free webinars are designed to provide facts and information to enhance student learning and facilitate instruction in a safe way, regardless of the learning modality.

“It is critical for district and school personnel, safety officers, and science educators to have the most timely and relevant safety information as they plan for what next school year may look like,” said Michael Lavelle, CEO of Flinn Scientific. “Our new Professional Learning Summer Webinar Series provides the facts and recommendations these leaders need to make informed decisions that will keep students and staff safe once school returns.”

The webinars curate the top recommendations from recognized leaders in education, safety, and protection worldwide to help education leaders understand effective safety measures, processes, and protocols, as well as to help them shape their own data-driven plans for the coming school year. Each webinar is an hour long.

For school and district personnel, topics include:

  • Guidance to Safe School Re-Entry (Part A): Will cover safety preparation and concerns within schools and maintaining a physically and mentally healthy school environment.
  • Guidance to Safe School Re-Entry (Part B): Will cover maintaining healthy operations when schools are open and COVID-19 school modifications, as well as continuity in education.
  • School Leadership OSHA Science Safety Guidance: Will cover the OSHA Lab Standard and how it applies to teachers and the overall school system.

For safety officers, science department chairs, and science teachers, topics include:

  • Lab Safety 101 (Part 1): Will cover common safety protocols and best-practices including safety contracts; chemical storage; how to deal with emergency situations such as fires, floods, chemical spills; orphan chemicals; and more.
  • Lab Safety 101 (Part 2): Will cover common science department safety concerns including chemical storage issues, labelling, Globally Harmonized System (GHS), inventory controls, personal protective equipment (PPE) usage, and best practices in the lab and prep areas.
  • Elementary Science and STEM Safety K-8: Will cover the safe and proper use and storage of science equipment, apparatuses, hand tools, and more, as well as review checklists and things to watch for with students.

To learn more and register for these upcoming webinars, visit https://www.flinnsci.com/professional-learning/.

Flinn Scientific supports STEM/STEAM educators in opening young minds to the challenges and joys of scientific discovery and the design thinking process. The leader in science education and lab supplies and safety, Flinn Scientific also provides learning systems and professional development that incorporate differentiated digital experiences with hands-on learning grounded in the real-world to help all students think critically, explore like scientists and engineers, and solve problems creatively so they are ready for college and careers in an increasingly technology-driven world.

The Character Tree

Free June 11, 2020 webinar features early elementary school teacher Sara VanderWel who plays the role of “Miss Sara” in The Character Tree videos

Renton, WA. (June 2, 2020) — Character education in the early years can help set students up for success in school, and in life. To help teachers incorporate character lessons throughout the school day, The Character Tree, an online video resource for character development, is hosting a free webinar at 3 p.m. Eastern Time/noon Pacific Time on June 11, 2020.

The webinar, “How to Incorporate Character Development Across Curriculum,” features popular elementary school teacher Sara VanderWel, who plays “Miss Sara” in The Character Tree’s videos. She will share how she structures each school day to support social-emotional learning and character development and provide practical advice for teachers to use in their own classrooms. To register for the webinar, visit https://bit.ly/2TXvqKj.

“When schools eventually reconvene, character education will be even more important to support students’ social-emotional needs and re-engage them in learning after so many months away from the classroom,” said Bill Apperson, VanderWel’s father and chairman of Apperson, which developed The Character Tree. “Sara has more than a decade of experience teaching character development in early elementary school and she has developed a strong following in the teacher community. This webinar will be a great resource for teachers who want to incorporate more character education into their lessons.”

This webinar will cover how to:

  • Support social-emotional and character development throughout the day in the classroom
  • Interweave opportunities for social emotional learning and character development across the curriculum
  • Use intentional language to promote students’ social-emotional and character development

Participants will also receive a character education distance learning handout: “Lessons for Hope.” Those who can’t attend live can register to receive a copy of the recording after the webinar to watch at their convenience.

VanderWel has served as an early elementary teacher for more than 10 years. She specializes in literacy and writing and in 2018 received the Bonnie Campbell Hill Literacy Leader Award for Washington State. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a B.S. in Spanish Language and Literature and an M.S. in K-6 Reading and Literacy. She also runs a Teachers Pay Teachers site called The Primary Pal. In her role as “Miss Sara” in The Character Tree’s videos, VanderWel guides discussions with puppet children and “Gray Squirrel” as they learn about positive character traits.

The webinar will be part of an ongoing series of webinars by The Character Tree to provide tips on how to support character education in schools.

The Character Tree is an educational video subscription series designed for K-2 students. The subscription includes 32 character education videos, sets of supplemental resources, and teacher’s guides. Every episode, hosted by a real first-grade teacher, discusses an important positive character trait exemplified by prominent figures like Kindness & Jane Goodall or Perseverance & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The subscription is currently free through June 30, 2020. For more, visit https://charactertree.com/.

Twitter Chat - Rural Education

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 20 at 2pm ET/11am PT. ACE-ED.org and the Kentucky Valley Educational Collaborative (KVEC) will host a live Twitter chat to discuss how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting equity and access in rural schools. Follow the hashtag #RuralKidsMatter on the day of the chat to participate.

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When schools are closed, the learning must continue. Unfortunately, according to Pew Research, about a third of rural American homes don’t have broadband and nearly a quarter said getting access to high-speed internet is a major problem in their communities.

In homes that do have access and devices, most aren’t equipped to have numerous family members working online at once — Only 30 percent of rural adults said they own a desktop or laptop computer, a smartphone, a home broadband connection and a tablet.

Where does it all leave children who have abruptly transitioned to distance learning? What are organizations like KVEC doing to provide the tools and resources they need to succeed? What more needs to be done across the country?

We’ll Also Discuss…

  • Replacing current face-to-face systems with high-functioning hybrid systems
  • Improving school calendars to accommodate learners in rural communities
  • Blending traditional sessions, virtual at-home instruction and technical education

The pandemic is transforming public education. We need to make sure it results in a more effective structure that’s better adapted to personalized learning, access, opportunity and equity for ALL students. Join us to be part of this important discussion.

Wednesday, May 20 at 2pm ET/11am PT
Hashtag: #RuralKidsMatter

Twitter links: Follow ACE-Ed.org | Follow KVEC

Edthena Launches New Webinar Series to Support Virtual Coaching

Free ‘Kitchen Table Coaching’ webinar series is part of the new #PLtogether project, a hub for topical resources to support instructional coaching

SAN FRANCISCO (May 5, 2020) – Edthena is kicking off a new webinar series to help instructional coaches provide newly-virtual teachers with timely and much-needed support. The four-part “Kitchen Table Coaching” series, launching this Thursday, will provide strategies and best practices for facilitating virtual coaching. The series is part of the #PLtogether project (PLtogether.org) which will provide a collection of free resources for instructional coaches, including tactical advice from notable thought leaders in the education industry.

“Effective coaching will lead to the ultimate success of distance teaching,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “The #PLtogether project will provide a hub for topical resources to support instructional coaching during this unprecedented time. The first resource – this new webinar series – offers coaches an opportunity to ask questions and get tips and best practices for supporting professional learning now.”

The 30-minute Kitchen Table Coaching webinars, which will be led by former classroom teachers Heather Purzner and Rob McCreary of the Edthena Partner Success team, will take place every Thursday in May at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT. Educators can register for some or all of the following sessions:

  • Week 1: Virtually coaching distanced teachers
  • Week 2: Facilitating distanced teacher collaboration
  • Week 3: Developing coaching logs for virtual coaching
  • Week 4: Creating virtual training and coaching cycles

Later this month, Edthena will additionally be releasing “Lounge Talks” with Elena Aguilar, Deborah Ball, Joellen Killion, and other respected thought leaders on the #PLtogether portal. During these video interviews, the experts will discuss the challenges of teaching during COVID-19 and provide tactical “what now” advice for supporting teachers in this new reality.

To register for the live webinars or get free access to the content, visit http://pltogether.org.

Edthena is the leading classroom observation platform for using teaching videos as part of professional development. Teachers upload classroom videos to share with colleagues who leave time stamped comments. Edthena also offers specialized collaboration tools to help organizations implement best practices for video-based professional learning. Edthena is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as SIIA, District Administration, and Tech & Learning. For more information, visit www.edthena.com. For more news about Edthena, visit blog.edthena.com.

Tele-Assessment: What You Need to Know

Leading researcher and clinical director come together to discuss the remote administration of psychological assessments during this free webinar on May 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ET

NEW YORK, April 30, 2020 – With school closures extending throughout the country, some are calling for schools to suspend completing psychoeducational assessments, but does this do the least harm? For districts unsure of how to administer psychoeducational assessments in a teletherapy environment, this upcoming webinar can help.

PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, has been properly administering remote psychoeducational assessments to students at school and home for years. During its new webinar, “Tele-Assessment: What You Need to Know,” on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT, attendees will hear from A. Jordan Wright, PhD, ABAP, director of the Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing at New York University, and Stephanie Taylor, Ed.S, NCSP, clinical director for psychoeducational services at PresenceLearning, who will break down what schools need to know about tele-assessment including:

  • The tele-assessment landscape related to school closures
  • What the research says about remote delivery of assessments
  • Best practices for transitioning to delivery in a home environment
  • Real world examples of schools utilizing in-home assessments

“There is a great debate happening across schools right now as to whether all assessment should be paused during COVID-19-related closures, until it can be done validly and in alignment with assessment maker guidance. This debate misses the fact that you can do both: there are already commonly used assessments that have been research-validated for appropriate use online with equivalency to in-person administrations. This webinar will help school administrators make informed decisions about what they can use to continue assessing appropriately during this time of extended closures,” said PresenceLearning CEO Kate Eberle Walker.

Both presenters have extensive experience with the Woodcock Johnson IV and the RIAS-2 for remote assessment. Participants will benefit from the experience of these two leading experts and have the opportunity to ask questions regarding moving services to home settings.

To attend the upcoming webinar, register now.

PresenceLearning, Inc. is the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools. The company connects speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals with students through its proprietary online platform, and has delivered more than 2.5 million teletherapy sessions at hundreds of K-12 schools and districts across the U.S. through its network of nearly 1,000 certified clinicians. Investors in the company include Catalyst Investors, Catamount Ventures, Birchmere Ventures, New Markets Venture Partners, and Blue Heron Capital. For more information, visit https://www.presencelearning.com.

Resilience and Hope Summit Summit

As students struggle to adapt to the extended isolation of quarantine, mental health issues are on the rise and some at-risk students are falling through the cracks.

  • How can we engage students online?
  • How can we connect with kids who have gone missing?
  • How can we help students weather the isolation of quarantine?

Please join us for a live online panel discussion with a group of students and two thought leaders on this important topic.

This online summit will be hosted virtually and participants will be able to submit questions as we all learn from these field experts.

Hasan Davis
Former Commissioner of Juvenile Justice for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Hasan travels the country to help young people and adults find their voice, personal power, sense of self-respect, and dignity. And he uses his passion for theater to help others connect with historical African-American figures.

Christian Moore, LCSW
Author of The Resilience Breakthrough
Christian Moore is an internationally-renowned speaker, licensed clinical social worker, and advocate for youth. He is the founder of the WhyTry Program.

REGISTER TODAY

Applying and qualifying for CARES Act funds

The recently signed CARES Act has made billions of dollars in stimulus funds available for educational purposes, including funding streams that can be utilized for education technology and student mental health services. Specified funds include:

  • $13.5 billion for K-12 education virtual offerings
  • $3 billion for governors to allocate emergency support to local educational agencies and institutions most impacted by COVID-19
  • $425 million for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support student mental health initiatives

In addition, the U.S. Department of Education is now allowing states to apply for flexibility when using parts of existing Title funds to enhance distance learning efforts. These new guidelines ensure districts have the freedom to use federal funds to address their most urgent needs.

Register for this webinar with Dr. Kecia Ray to learn more about applying and qualifying for CARES Act funds.

Happy and Healthy at Home: Student Mental Health and Distance Learning

Distance learning can be isolating for students, who may feel disconnected from friends and teachers. While schools may have protocols in place to support struggling students on campus, educators may be unsure of how they can help remotely.

Join this webinar for a discussion about this “new normal” of distance learning, trends of how students are doing as seen through Gaggle’s data, as well as how educators can keep students safe and connected while they learn at home.

PBLWorks

Free webinar series this spring to guide educators through distance learning with Gold Standard Project Based Learning

Novato, CA (April 14, 2020) – PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for high-quality Project Based Learning (PBL), is offering a free webinar series designed to offer practical guidance for facilitating Gold Standard Project Based Learning online with students. To register, visit pblworks.org/free-webinars-pbl-online.

All webinars will be presented live and recorded versions will be made available for free upon request.

“We asked educators what they need most right now and their feedback helped us create this series of informative and resourceful webinars,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks. “It is important we continue to support educators as they work to engage students in learning through these uncertain times.”

The free webinar series is facilitated by Antoinette Magee, regional director of educational partnerships at PBLWorks, and will include a variety of guest experts. The first four webinars in the series include:

How to Adapt a Gold Standard Project for Online Learning (Wednesday, April 15 – 12:00-1:15 PM PST or Friday, April 17 – 9:00-10:15 AM PST) will teach educators how to adapt a Gold Standard PBL project for online learning and how to engage students in intellectually challenging and meaningful work online.

Solutions for Sticky Problems of Practice for Facilitating PBL Online (Wednesday, April 22 – 12:00-1:15 PM PST or Thursday, April 23 – 12:00-1:15 PM PST) will present practical solutions for the top challenges teachers are encountering as they design and facilitate PBL online.

How Can High Quality PBL Create Equity in the Classroom? (Wednesday, April 29 – 12:00-1:15 PM PST or Thursday, April 30 – 3:30-4:45 PM PST) will explore how bold educators can activate change to foster equitable learning environments that better equip all learners to reach their academic, vocational, and personal aspirations.

An already completed webinar on 7 Tech Tools for Supporting Online PBL took place the week of April 6. A recording can be requested here. This webinar offers technology tools that work well for online learning and align with PBLWorks’ 7 Essential Project Design Elements.

To learn more about PBLWorks’ webinar series, visit https://www.pblworks.org/free-webinars-pbl-online.

About PBLWorks

PBLWorks (the brand name of the Buck Institute for Education) believes that all students – no matter where they live or what their background – should have access to quality Project Based Learning to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. Our focus is on building the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning, and on supporting school and system leaders in creating the conditions for these teachers to succeed with all students. For more information, visit www.pblworks.org.

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Conference brings together a community of peers and experts to do deep, focused and real work to prepare teachers to deliver quality Project Based Learning to students

Novato, CA (April 7, 2020) – With announcements of school closures across the country and a commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of the PBL community, PBLWorks has decided to move its annual PBL World conference to an online format.

PBL World 2020 Online will take place over three days, June 16-18, 2020. To register, visit PBLWorld.org.

The online conference will bring all the elements of PBLWorks’ professional learning to attendees via digital connection and collaboration tools. Educators will participate in an engaging, highly interactive Project Based Learning experience, and will collaborate in virtual small and large group activities guided by PBLWorks’ expert National Faculty.

“These are challenging times for all of us as we work to be effective educators during school closures. We’re determined to bring to our community a robust, hands-on professional development experience that educators can participate in from the comfort of their homes,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks.

PBL World 2020 Online will feature keynote speaker Zaretta Hammond, an educational leader in culturally responsive teaching practices. Additional keynote speakers will be revealed in the coming months. PBL workshops that run over the course of the three-day conference include:

PBL 101 Workshop – A foundational course in Gold Standard Project Based Learning, this workshop delivers strategies that lead to sustained changes in educators’ practice.

PBL 201 Workshop – An in-depth course for experienced PBL practitioners focused on Gold Standard Project Based Teaching practices.

PBL Leadership Team Workshop – A dive into how school and district leaders can create the conditions needed for Project Based Learning to thrive in their systems.

To learn more about PBL World 2020, visit PBLWorld.org.

About PBL World

Now in its ninth year, PBL World brings together more than 1,400 K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district administrators for three days of immersive workshops based on the PBLWorks model for Gold Standard PBL. Workshops are designed for educators who are ready to start their PBL journey, or who want to advance their practice.

PBL World is known for its highly collaborative environment. It attracts a vibrant community of educators, who engage in deep, focused work together.  The conference also offers thought-provoking keynotes from PBL leaders and student speakers.

About PBLWorks

PBLWorks (the brand name of the Buck Institute for Education) believes that all students – no matter where they live or what their background – should have access to quality Project Based Learning to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. Our focus is on building the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning, and on supporting school and system leaders in creating the conditions for these teachers to succeed with all students. For more information, visit www.pblworks.org.