Designing Rigorous and Engaging

Project Based Learning (PBL) Projects

By Andrew Miller
National Faculty  ASCD

January 28 - 29, 2019



  • Learn the difference between “doing projects” and Project Based Learning

  • Examine the essential design components to make PBL effective

  • Analyze sample projects for effectiveness 

  • Backwards map assessments and milestones in a project

  • Gain management tools for daily use

  • Create an effective launch for your PBL project

  • Receive feedback and critique from colleagues


  • Design effective projects for student learning

  • Design effective driving questions for projects

  • Design assessments to meet the needs of school outcomes, learning targets, and standards

  • Backwards map a project from start to finish


In the course of this workshop...

  • Participants will engage in designing a complete PBL project, from start to finish, to use in their classrooms. Participants will experience this learning through the instructor modeling the PBL process through questioning, inquiry, and discovery.

  • Participants will share their work for critique and feedback in order to ensure they create high-quality projects to use in the classroom.


Day 1
9 - 10.30 - PBL Vs. Projects
10.30 - 10.50 - Coffee Break 
10.50 - 12.30 - Essential Elements of Project Design
12.30 - 13.30 - Lunch
13.30 - 15.00 - Driving Questions
15.00 - 15.15 - Coffee Break
15.15 - 16.00 - Project Gallery Walk

Day 2
9 - 10.30 - Assessment Strategies
10.30 - 10.50 - Coffee Break 
10.50 - 12.30 - Backwards Mapping Project
12.30 - 13.30 - Lunch
13.30 - 15.00 - Management Strategies
15.00 - 15.15 - Coffee Break
15.15 - 16.00 - Critique Protocol



PBL Workshop Feedback  (November 2017)





Target Audience

Classroom Teachers 

Instructional Coaches 

Curriculum Coordinators


January 28 - 29, 2019

Suntec Convention and Exhibition Center


Workshop Fee - Singapore

Group (Two or more participants)

USD 683 per participant


USD 733 per participant

Registration dates

Singapore - Register by December 14, 2018


Workshop participants can check workshop related updates here


Please make accommodation and travel booking after the receipt of invoice.


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Course Leader

Andrew is an Instructional Coach at the Shanghai American School in China, coaching with an emphasis on Project-Based Learning and Assessment best practices. He also serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education and ASCD, and is an Associate for Jay McTighe. He has worked with educators in the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, China, Japan, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Kuwait and the Dominican Republic. Andrew is an avid blogger and writer for a variety of organizations including ASCD and Edutopia. He is also the author of the ASCD Arias publication "Freedom to Fail: How do I foster risk-taking and innovation in my classroom?"

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