Quality Project-Based Learning: Planning (Two-Day Workshop, can be divided into non-consecutive days)

Learn how high quality project-based learning, for PreK – adult learners, general, special needs, or gifted is organized and with guidance and
resources plan a unit in any subject or interdisciplinary for your students. You will leave with a detailed outline of your new unit.

• Learn high quality project based learning’s features
• Identify a real-life challenge your learners will work to solve
• Outline your students’ products
• Learn about student presentation formats
• Identify academic standards and success proficiencies*  the unit forwards• Plan assessments and scaffolds for academic standards and success proficiencies*
• Learn implementation steps of project based learning

• Receive feedback on your plans
• Leave with detailed outline of your unit

In high quality project based learning your students are intrinsically motivated because they work to solve an authentic challenge and  present their findings. Structure, scaffolds, and inquiry are throughout. Students have agency, voice and choice and progress with success proficiencies*  and academic standards/objectives.
 The workshop is interactive and includes collaboration, planning time, concrete examples, multiple online and hard copy resources, Planning Guide, and video of challenge-solving projects.
* Success Proficiencies: 21st Century Skills (e.g. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Creativity, Collaboration, Communications, Technology), Habits of Mind, your school’s, district’s, or state’s learning vision or learning guiding principles.

Quality Project Based Learning Participants’ Comments

Thanks for a great workshop Lee Anna!  What a great group we had! I feel really happy that I came to this. You provided tons of great resources that I’ll be able to use going forward. It was a great value. Thanks so much for facilitating an authentic learning community!
Billie Cleveland
ELA – Reading/Writing Teacher
Maranacook Community Middle School, RSU 38
Readfield, Maine

 The “quality” descriptor is definitely appropriate. Lee Anna modeled protocols and pedagogy so we could get direct experience using strategies before taking them back to our classrooms. I left the workshop with a plan for a project based learning unit that had been critiqued by my peers before I try it with my students. The feedback from other professionals was extremely helpful in planning my first project based learning unit. I learned so much and made some excellent connections with new colleagues. Thank you again for the Quality Project Based Learning workshop! 
Kate Drummond
Science Teacher
Skowhegan Area High School, Skowhegan, Maine

 The workshop walked us through the steps to implement project based learning in any classroom environment. I came in with little to no knowledge of project based learning and am leaving the two-day workshop with a project ready to roll out with my students. I enjoyed the information I gained and also the networking with other educators. Lee Anna clearly understands the process of effective instruction. Great experience!
Jessica DeJongh
Teacher, Grade 3
Farrington School
Augusta School Department
Augusta, Maine

 This workshop gave me the opportunity to focus on a unit to teach with valuable feedback from other participants. Lee Anna provided a variety of ways to present information and share. The workshop was very well organized and moved at just the right pace. There was a lot of time to bounce ideas off of other people from a variety of backgrounds and grade levels. We had plenty of time to actually create our project. I already have ideas for a couple more challenges! I loved the collaboration among everyone present. It epitomized the 4Cs – collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.
Lori Swenson
Teacher, Grade 3
Bloomfield Elementary, RSU 54
Skowhegan, Maine

 This is a great workshop! Lee Anna Stirling is very knowledgeable in this area. Provided great resources and discussion. The pace and activities varied, kept teachers engaged. I love how you modeled the activities. Looking forward to taking this back to my school.
Leslie Marquis
Community High School, MSAD 27
Fort Kent, Maine

 The workshop was wonderful!…The preparing for an Ebola epidemic unit created an engaging environment to review linear functions from Algebra I and to introduce new Algebra II functions. It was exciting to see the students take ownership in their work and see real-world applications for new material.
Tennille Moore, Math Teacher
Mount Desert Island High School
Bar Harbor, Maine

Lee Anna Stirling is exceptional as a presenter. This course totally exceeded my expectations! Lee Anna provided time to listen, time to write, time to learn. We had time to share and assist peers. The format was weighted perfectly so as to accentuate standards and assessments. Using the outline it was ideal to take my reflection notes. She listens to us and learned about us individually. Lee Anna’s pace is excellent. I especially loved having daily agendas in front of me each day, to follow along. This class gives me the confidence to not put off my learning progress.
Sally Merchant
Mt. Desert Island High School
Bar Harbor, Maine

– Quality Project Based Learning. Lee Anna is very friendly and knowledgeable, had many resources. Very open to ideas, positive. Everyone seemed highly motivated. Time was well managed. The material is useful. I really didn’t know what this class would be about when I signed up, but after the first session I could see how my whole project would play out.
Amy Hart
William S. Cohen Middle School, Bangor School Department
Bangor, Maine

Quality Project Based Learning. This workshop provided tools/structure I can bring back and model for teachers. The various protocols, developing my project, time to work, and conversations/feedback from peers were very valuable.
Jandrea True, Principal
Tremont Consolidated School, Bass Harbor, Maine
Mt. Desert Island Regional School System, AOS 91
Bar Harbor, Maine


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