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Project Based Learning (PBL)

​​For customized trainings or dates, 
contact Dr. Denise Harshman at 
​714-966-4446 or ​​.
 PBL Trainers​​​
  • Katie Beck
  • Meredith Casalino
  • Denise Harshman, Ed.D.
  • Marika Manos, Ed.D.

What is PBL?

In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge.  Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity).


OCDE Project-Based Learning Series

This four-day day OCDE PBL workshop includes three consecutive days of hands-on learning to develop a PBL project. A fourth day follow-up during the implementation process provides timely support to assist participants in reflecting on student work and adapting their practices. Participants will learn the essential components of project-based learning and how to integrate them into an engaging, standards-based project that promotes 21st century skills. Through a combination of direct instruction, video analysis and peer-to-peer collaboration, participants will plan, design and receive critical feedback to create authentic, standards-based projects that challenge students to tackle real-world problems.