4.21 Webinar PBL-1

Now more than ever, educators need better approaches for engaging students in meaningful learning that deepens understanding and builds critical thinking and problem-solving skills ­–skills that will support them throughout their lives.

In this free virtual symposium on April 21st, you’ll hear from leaders in education who will share their insight on how to best engage students in meaningful learning and boost student success. They will provide examples of how they have effectively implemented these strategies through project-based learning and share advice on how you can achieve this in your district.  

Certificates of attendance will be awarded.

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11:00 AM EDT Opening Keynote
Presenter:  Jay McTighe

Description: In this Keynote address, best-selling author and international consultant, Jay McTighe, will integrate ideas from three of his recent books, Teaching for Deeper Learning, Designing Authentic Tasks and Projects: Tools for Meaningful Learning and Assessment and Leading Modern Learning: A Blueprint for Vision Driven Schools.

The session will be framed around the following questions: 1.) What is Deeper Learning and why is it needed?, 2.) How does Deeper Learning occur? 3.) How do Performance Tasks and PBL projects support Deep Learning? 4.) What is the relationship between Performance Tasks and Project-based Learning (PBL)?

Jay McTighe

Jay McTighe

Award-winning author of the Understanding by Design Framework

12:00 PM EDT Session 1
Presenter: A.J. Juliani

Session Topic: How to Turn Any Unit Into A PBL Experience

Session Description: Our learners today live in a completely different world than we did 25, 15, or even 10 years ago. Students have access to on-demand information with the click of a button on their phones. But, that doesn’t always lead to better learning. This session goes into detail on how to take our BEST Practices in pedagogy/instruction and turn them into TODAY'S practices that promote authentic learning experiences for all students.


A.J. Juliani

Bestselling author and educator who serves as faculty for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and former Director of Learning and Innovation for Centennial School District

1:00 PM EDT Session 2
Presenter: John Malloy

Session Topic: Exploring the “Why”….Making the Case for Deeper Learning across our District

Session Description: As a District that is considered “high performing”, making the case for change is challenging. We engaged our entire community, worked closely with our Board, and passed a bold strategic plan that “broadens the definition of success on the foundation of academic excellence”. I will share this process, the lessons learned along the way, and our next steps to incorporate deep learning in every classroom in our district.

John Malloy-1

John Malloy

Superintendent at San Ramon Valley Unified School District, CA

2:00 PM EDT Session 3
Presenters: Mark Daniel and Ramona Coleman

Session Title: Reimagining the Education Experience for Students

Session Description: In this session, you will learn about the FWCS Vision for Deep Learning and practical steps you can take to support students, teachers, and district leaders in their Project-Based Learning journey.

Mark Daniel from Ft Wayne

Mark Daniel

Superintendent, Fort Wayne Community Schools, IN


Ramona Coleman

Assistant Superintendent for professional learning, Fort Wayne Community Schools, IN

3:00 PM EDT Closing Keynote
Presenters: Michael Fullan and Mark Edwards

Session Title: Spirit Work and the Science of Collaboration

Session Description: Spirit is the essence of character - of what it means to be human.  Finding hope in the power of collaboration underpinned by ’spirit work’ - the care and love of students as learners.  In this session, Fullan & Edwards will discuss their new book and share how some school districts are creating a deep learning environment for all.

Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan

Author, Speaker, and Educational Consultant. Michael is the Global Leadership Director, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, and a worldwide authority on educational reform

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards

Former superintendent of Mooresville, N.C., school district. Awarded national superintendent of the year in 2013

Host for all sessions: Dr. Cindy Moss 
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Dr. Cindy Moss

Vice President of Innovation, Defined