(45 ISBE Clock Hours) This course gives participants a thorough understanding of Project-Based Learning, including the critical components, as well as common misconceptions. Throughout the course, participants will design their own cycle of PBL they can immediately implement in their own classroom or a future classroom of their own. We take you through the process, step-by-step, providing templates, tools, and resources, you can use to effectively implement Project Based Learning for your students.

  • Total Price: $190
  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 45 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 32 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course


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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • Learn The Key Components & Strategies Behind Project Based Learning (PBL)

  • Receive Step-By-Step Training On How To Implement PBL In Your Classroom, Using the Provided Tools, Templates, & Lesson Plans

  • Learn How to Plan PBL Cycles Aligned to Cross-Curricular Content Standards

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

What is Project-Based Learning and how can I implement it into my own classroom?

Great course and tons of resources!

I found this course to be a great help to get started with PBL! The course was very thorough and covered exactly how to create and implement a full PBL cycle with my students. It also had tons of great resources to help, from lesson planning through assessments. Definitely recommend!

-8th Grade Science Teacher

 45 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 45 ISBE clock hours, including a signed ISBE certificate.

Continuing Education hours through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) are offered as ISBE clock hours and indicated as continuing education clock hours on a University provided certificate. Although offered in partnership with NEIU, they do not result in graduate- level or academic credit and cannot be used toward a degree program. These courses are primarily intended for recertification or re-licensure and continuing education for teachers in the state of Illinois.

Northeastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is recognized as an approved provider of ISBE clock hours by the state of Illinois.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – An Introduction to Project Based Learning (PBL)

  • The definition of Project Based Learning (PBL)
  • The components of effective PBL
  • Common Misunderstandings about PBL

Section 2 – A Sample Project Based Learning Cycle

  • What a full PBL cycle looks like in a classroom setting

Section 3 – Aligning Content Standards on a Calendar

  • Learn the 10 steps to planning a successful PBL cycle
  • Learn how to align your content standards on a cross-curricular calendar (Step 1)

Section 4 – Developing a Big Idea Based on Content Standards

  • Learn how to develop your big idea in the form of a driving question or problem posed (Step 2)

Section 5 – Identifying Content Area Standards

  • How to identify the knowledge and skills embedded within a standard
  • How to identify content area lessons (Step 3)

Section 6 – Identifying Student Performance Goals

  • How to identify student performance goals based on rigorous questions from Bloom’s Taxonomy and rigorous questions from Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (Step 4)

Section 7 – Choosing a Final Product

  • Learn how to choose a final product (Step 5)
  • Learn about the different roles students can hold in a small group

Section 8 – Planning for Community Involvement

  • Learn how to plan for community involvement in your Project Based Learning lesson (Step 6)

Section 9 – Identifying Assessments

  • The two types of checkpoints
  • The difference between formative, summative, and informal assessments
  • How to choose appropriate assessments and checkpoints (Step 7)

Section 10 – Scaffolding Student Work

  • How to support student work through purposeful scaffolding (Step 8)

Section 11 – The Final Presentation

  • The purpose of having a presentation
  • How to plan for a presentation with an appropriate audience (Step 9)

Section 12 – Reflections

  • The difference between personal and work-related reflections
  • How to utilize reflection questions (Step 10)
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 32 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Assessment Planner, With Sample
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy Question Stems Chart
  • Calendar for Content Area Standards, With Sample
  • Community Involvement Tracker, With Sample
  • Develop a Big Idea Template, With Sample
  • DOK Based Student Activities Worksheet, With Sample
  • Effective Scaffolding Strategies for PBL Groups
  • Final Activity Planner, With Sample
  • Final Presentation Planner, With Sample
  • Final Project Worksheet, With Sample
  • Identify Content Area Lessons Worksheet, With Sample
  • Group Reflection Resource
  • Sample Reflection Questions
  • Scaffolding Student Success Planner, With Sample
  • Self Reflection on Project Work
  • Student Knowledge & Skills Worksheet, With Sample
  • Teacher Reflection Resource
  • Turning a Learning Activity into a PBL Cycle Template, With Samples
  • Webbs Depth of Knowledge Guide

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Receive a copy of the course syllabus by submitting the form below. Once submitted, we automatically email you a copy. The syllabus contains detailed and important information on the structure and core content of the course as well as grading.

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Register for the Course

  • Register for full access to the course for 1 full year
  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 45 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU
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