Project Based Learning 101

Prairie Lakes AEA will host two separate, three-day workshops focused on Project Based Learning Workshops with the Buck Institute for Education. Participants can choose either Oct. 24-26 or Feb. 5-7. Workshops will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Black Hawk Lake Conference Room in the PLAEA office in Pocahontas. Cost is $350 per person, which includes lunch for each of the three days. Workshop is limited to 35 participants.

What is PBL 101?

PBL 101 is BIE’s foundational three-day (consecutive, 7.0 hours per day) onsite workshop. Based on BIE's model of Gold Standard PBL, the workshop provides participants with the skills and knowledge needed to design, assess and manage a rigorous, relevant, and standards-based project.


The workshop models the project process. Facilitated by one of BIE's 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 both participants and BIE National Faculty.


All participants (limited to 35 per workshop) receive a free copy of BIE's highly regarded PBL 101 Workbook, which is exclusively for PBL 101 participants and not sold separately.