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Rigorous PBL Trainings

Our Fall Cohort of Rigorous PBL by Design with Michael McDowell, Ed.D was such a big success, that we are bringing him back for a second cohort in the Spring!  Check out the info below to learn more and register.


New Technology High School’s Professional Development center, Center for Excellence, is proud to present Michael McDowell Ed.D and his book, Rigorous PBL by Design. The 3 day professional learning opportunity will include 3 days of learning at New Tech High School’s Center for Excellence. Teachers will learn about the 3 design shifts needed to occur to ensure high impact and effect size to maximize student success at the surface, deep and transfer levels. 


What is unique about this experience? The Center for Excellence provides embedded professional development that incorporates learning and then observations of learners in action. We move from the theory of professional learning to living the learning and seeing the implications of the work in practice in the classrooms. During the course of the training, participants will learn how to design and deliver PBL effectively to gain more than one year results in one year’s time. The 3 day experience will begin with 2 days focusing on shifting the PBL design to Clarity and Challenge. After the two days, the cohort will have time to practice and implement their learning in their own environments. Each day will involve learning, sharing, planning, reflecting and observational learning walks of students in session. At the end of the 3 day cohort, participants will know how to design rigorous projects engage students in learning at the surface, deep and transfer level knowledge.

Registration will include:

  • 3 days of training with Rigorous PBL by Design
  • Rigorous PBL by Design book
  • Handbook with resources, tools and strategies
  • Lunch each day of the training
  • Light continental breakfast each day of the training
  • Classroom observations

Cohort 2 Information:

WHEN: April 18-20, 2018

TIME: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

WHERE: Center for Excellence at New Technology High School

                920 Yount Street, Napa, CA 94559

COST: $800 per participant for 3 days of professional learning, classroom observations, book and handbook