PBL K-12

FREE Project-Based Learning Mini-Summit

May 21, 2020 | 3pm-10pm EDT


Register to get access to all of the live sessions. If you are not able to make the live session,

please register and you'll receive a recording link after the event.

PBL Virtual Summit 2020 Speakers 

We’re still finalizing our full slate of speakers, but here’s just a sample of who’s already on board. 

Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Award winning digital innovator, International Speaker, and Author


Erin Murphy

Co-Author of Hacking Project-Based Learning and Supervisor of Teaching and Learning

Ross Cooper

Co-Author of Hacking Project-Based Learning and current school administrator in New York

Joshua Culwell-Block

 Director of Technology, Innovation & Mathematics in the Chappaqua Central School District

Monica Burns

EdTech and Curriculum consultant, author and former New York City public school teacher


Author of The PBL Playbook, Launch and Empower. Faculty at University of Pennsylvania GSE (Penn Literacy Network)

John Spencer

Author of Vintage Innovation, Launch and Empower. Professor at George Fox University.

PBL Summit Schedule: May 21st, 2020

Session 1:
Erin Murphy

3:00pm-3:45pm EDT

Assessing Authentic Learning:

Creating a productive system to assess student learning in a project-based classroom can become overwhelming. This session will offer actionable approaches for feedback, assessment tools, and grading.

Session 2:
Ross Cooper and Joshua Culwell-Block

4:00pm-4:45pm EDT 

Project-Based Learning in a Virtual World:

Let’s explore a concrete and practical framework for tackling PBL from a distance! We'll walk you through a tried and true process that can be adapted for all grade levels. More specifically, we'll take a look at: developing an idea for your project, ensuring sure your project is standards-based, how to assesses (and possibly grade) students based on these standards, how to filter in direct instruction, promoting self-assessment and peer assessment, giving students time and space to reflect and publish, and how to set up a digital hub that lends itself to project based learning from a distance.

Session 3: Shelly Sanchez Terrell

5:00pm-5:45pm EDT

STEAM Up Your Project Based Learning in the Elementary Classroom:

STEAM education ignites innovation. Innovation thrives when students observe issues that impact them now, are allowed choices, collaborate with their peers, are allowed the time to implement and rework solutions, and reflect on how to carry out their ideas further in the future. How does all this work in the elementary classroom with limited time? In this session, Shelly Sanchez Terrell will share tips, activities, and tons of free resources to help you STEAM up the learning whether you are a novice or an expert. 

Session 4: Monica Burns

6:00pm-6:45pm EDT

Igniting Creativity in the Classroom: Planning, Capturing and Sharing Learning:

Students can create an authentic product that shares what they’ve learned, and open-ended creation tools are powerful ways to capture and share student learning. In this session you’ll learn how designing opportunities for creation in the classroom empowers students to plan with a purpose, capture their new knowledge in any subject and ultimately share their learning with the world. When thinking of the ways This session will introduce Spark Video movie-making tool, Spark Page website builder tool, and Spark Post image creator tool. Attendees will see student work samples and find inspiration for learning activities across the content areas.

Panel Discussion

7:00pm-7:45pm EDT 

Join all of the presenters for a panel discussion about project-based learning. We'll talk about current topics (such as how to do PBL in an emergency remote learning environment), and share ideas and practices for all K-12 levels and subject areas.

Session 5:
A.J. Juliani

8:00pm-8:45pm EDT

How to Turn Any Unit into A Project-Based Learning Experience:

We all have curriculum, standards, and scope and sequence that often limits what we can do in the classroom (whether in-person or a remote learning environment). However, we can do PBL that connects to standards, supports the curriculum, and outpaces our current scope and sequence. In this session, we'll break down the myths of PBL and how to actually do it with your students.

Session 6:
John Spencer

9:00pm-9:45pm EDT

Empowered PBL: Building Self-Direction in Distance Learning PBL

Student engagement can be a real challenge in distance learning classes. But often a lack of engagement is actually a lack of self-direction and ownership. In this session, we explore practical ways to build student ownership into distance learning PBL units.


All Recordings Available on May 22nd, 2020

Once you register you will receive access to all of the live session links.

You'll also receive an email with a link to all of the session recordings on May 22nd. Feel free to share out with colleagues, friends, etc.


Check back here for all of the resources and links shared out by our presenters!

We look forward to not only talking about ideas but also practical ways to do PBL in the in-person, blended, and online classroom.

How Does This Virtual Summit Work?

Please reach out to us if you have any questions about this year’s event.

How Do I Sign Up?

All you have to do is register once. When you register (above or below) you'll get an email with all of the individual links to each session.

What if I miss a live session?

No worries! Once you register for the event you get access to all of the live sessions and the recordings. Just make sure to register in order to get access.

What online platform are you using?

We will be using a secure WebinarJam platform for each of these sessions. You get access by using the unique link sent to you and can also watch the recording with a unique link for each session.

Do we get any resources?

Yes, each presenter will be sharing resources during and after their session with attendees.

Is this really free?

Yes! We want to share this with as many people as possible so tell your friends, colleagues, and anyone else who may be interested!

Claim Your Spot Now

Register by 12pm EDT on May 21, 2020