Frequently Asked Questions

 

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General Questions
COVID-19 
Registration
Payments 
Prerequisites for PBL 201 and Coaching Workshops 
Travel 
Special Accommodations

General Questions

  • Who should attend PBL World?

    Teachers, curriculum specialists, school and district leaders, instructional coaches, and teacher preparation faculty will all benefit from the workshops offered at PBL World.

  • How is PBL World different from other education conferences?

    PBL World is a one-of-a-kind, multi-day event focused exclusively on Project Based Learning. Each year, we bring together educators – K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district leaders – who want to begin and advance their Project Based Learning practice, and connect with a community of their peers.

    This event isn’t your ordinary conference with a variety of short sessions by many different presenters. It's an immersive experience centered on your choice of a single 3-day workshop. You’ll be actively engaged in deep, focused, real work with your peer collaborators.

    We believe PBL transforms students – and PBL World transforms educators.

  • What’s included in my registration? 

    Registration includes workshop participation, materials, and resources; catered continental breakfast and lunch; keynote speeches; and an opportunity to attend the Chardonnay Welcome Reception. Please note: Participants are responsible for booking their own travel and lodging reservations. See the Travel section below for more information.

  • Who hosts PBL World?

    PBL World is brought to you by PBLWorks (Buck Institute for Education).

    At PBLWorks, we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality Project Based Learning to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. 

    Our mission is to build the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning and the capacity of school and system leaders to set the conditions for teachers to implement great projects with all students. 

  • How and when will I be able to check in to the event? 

    Event check in will take place onsite at American Canyon High School. Attendees who start the week with Pre-Conference workshops on June 27 can register on the morning of the Pre-Conference 6:30-8:00am. Check in is open for participants joining us for the Conference during these times: June 27, 12:00-7:00pm or June 28, 6:30-8:00am. We encourage Conference attendees who arrive to Napa before the first day of the Conference (June 28) to check in on June 27.

  • How will I be able to network with other participants?

    Your learning will be guided by a member of our expert National Faculty, who is prepared to bring you an engaging and highly interactive experience.
    You will experience Project Based Learning in action together with your fellow participants — including large- and small-group discussions, direct communication with your facilitator, and the networking event. 

     

  • What do I need to bring to be successful in the workshops? 

    Please plan to bring a laptop and charger to the event. The event site will provide free wifi access for all participants. You will receive an email from your facilitator prior to the conference, outlining the technical needs for you to be fully engaged in your workshop. 

  • What do I need to bring to be comfortable at the event?

    In June, Napa tends to be sunny and can be very hot and dry during the day. We encourage you to bring sunscreen and a reusable water bottle. We also recommend bringing a jacket for the cooler mornings and evenings and for workshops, which are held in air conditioned rooms. 
     

COVID 19

  • What onsite safety precautions will be taken for COVID-19?

    Senior leaders at PBLWorks and Napa Valley Unified School District are working closely to monitor COVID-19 at the local level and will be following local, state, and federal guidelines for COVID-19. We will implement all of the necessary safety measures required by the Napa County Public Health, the Napa Valley Unified School District, and PBLWorks to ensure the safety of all participants, facilitators, and staff. During the first week in June, we will notify all participants of the safety precautions we will be implementing. 

  • How should I prepare to participate safely in PBL World 2022?

    All PBL World 2022 participants will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to attending the in-person event.* PBLWorks and the Napa Valley Unified School District events teams will be closely monitoring COVID-19 cases in Napa County and will be following and adjusting to the local, state, and federal guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants, facilitators, and staff during the event. Please look for an email from PBLWorks during the first week in June that will outline the safety precautions we will be taking and how you can prepare to participate safely. *Details on vaccination verification to follow. 
     

  • What will happen if COVID-19 spikes in summer 2022?

    In the unfortunate event that COVID-19 spikes significantly in summer 2022, we will consider two options. If the spike is significant in Napa County, we will convert the event to an online conference. In 2020 and 2021, PBL World online was very successful. In that event, we will issue a price adjustment to reflect the difference between the online and in-person costs. Adjustments will be issued in the same form as original payments when possible. We will not refund payments or offer credit toward other PBLWorks services or products. If the spike in Napa County is minimal, we will employ measures in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants, facilitators, and staff. PBLWorks will inform all participants during the first week of June to ensure that everyone is well prepared for the event. 

Registration

  • What is the cost for registration and what's included?

    The cost to attend one of our 3-day workshops is $1,300. The cost to add a 1-day pre-conference session to your registration is $300. In addition to your workshop(s), each registration includes access to all keynote presentations, networking opportunities, and additional activities to be announced. 
     

  • How does our group register for the same workshop session?

    If you are interested in being with your school or district colleagues in the same workshop session, we encourage you to register together as a group. We will do our best to honor these requests, and there are no guarantees. 

  • How does early bird registration work?

    Starting on November 1, 2021, we offer early bird registration to the first 200 participants who register for three day workshops. The cost of registration is reduced by $100 per participant. Early bird registration will close once we reach 200 participants or December 30, 2021, whichever comes first. 

  • How can I change my registration?

    Changes to registrations are permitted until June 10, 2022.  To change your registration:

    • Login to your account using the email address you used to register, and your confirmation number.
    • Click the Modify Registration button, then click "scroll down" to change your workshop.
    • You will receive a modification confirmation email showing the changes to your registration.
    • Group Leaders: Login using your email address and the group confirmation sent to you.
    • Click the Modify Registration button, then click the Registration link next to the participant's name.
    • Modify the participant's registration as needed, then follow the onscreen directions to complete the modification.
    • The registrant will receive a modification confirmation email showing the changes to their registration. 
  • How can I cancel my registration?

    To cancel your registration, please login to your account using the email address you used to register and your confirmation number, click the Cancel button and follow the onscreen directions. Please note our refund policy above.
     

  • How can I send someone else in my place?

    Substitutions can be made online on or before June 10, 2022. To substitute a participant online:

    • Login to your account using the email address you used to register and your confirmation number.
    • Click the Modify Registration button.
    • Enter the new participant's name and email address.
    • The new participant will receive a confirmation email that they will need to bring to check-in at the conference.

     
    To substitute a participant onsite, please bring the following information to the Registration Help Desk:

    • the original confirmation email with the original participant's name
    • documentation from the original participant or group administrator confirming that you will replace the original participant
    • photo identification

     
    Substitute participants must meet prerequisite requirements, and should be aware of any pre-work that was assigned by the workshop facilitator. Refunds will not be granted to participants who do not complete the pre-work and are thus unable to participate fully in a workshop.
     

Payment

  • What payment options are available and where can I find vendor information?

    For registrants from the United States, Canada, and Mexico:

    • Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express are accepted for immediate registration online.
    • Purchase orders: payments of $1,000 or more may be processed via Purchase Order. If your purchase is less than $1,000, you must pay by credit card. 
    • Purchase orders must be received within 30 days of registration date. To make PBLWorks a vendor, please download a copy of our W-9 form (pdf).

    Note: Unpaid registrations are subject to cancellation after June 20, 2022.
     
     For international registrants (outside of the United States, Canada, and Mexico):

    • Wire transfer: Wire transfer is the only form of payment accepted for international registrants. Wire instructions will be shown on the registration confirmation page, and sent out via email.
    • Registrations from outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico must be approved by the PBLWorks Events Team. 
       
  • What is the refund policy?

    Our refund policy is as follows:

    • Cancellations submitted November 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022 will receive a 50% refund of registration fees.
    • No refunds will be issued for cancellations submitted after February 28, 2022.
    • Refunds will be issued in the same form as the original payment when possible.
    • PBLWorks does not award payment credit towards future services or events.
       

Prerequisites for PBL 201 & PBL Coaching Workshops

  • Can I substitute my other PBL training or experience for the PBL 101 Workshop which is a prerequisite for the PBL 201 Workshop?

    Because PBL 201 Workshops build upon learning from the PBLWorks PBL 101, participants must have completed this prerequisite to be eligible to register. Having familiarity with the PBLWorks approach, resources, and tools will be necessary for optimal success in this workshop. Completion of training conducted by other organizations will not be considered sufficient preparation.

    For the PBL Coaching Workshop, we will consider other PBL training or experience as a substitute for the PBL 101 prerequisite.

  • I have several years of PBL experience; do I still need the PBLWorks PBL 101 Workshop prerequisite?

    PBL 201 requires deep familiarity with the PBLWorks approach, resources, and tools learned in the PBLWorks PBL 101 Workshop. As a result, PBL 201 participants must have completed PBL 101 offered by PBLWorks to be eligible to register. Attendance of training conducted by other organizations will not be considered sufficient as a prerequisite.

    For the PBL Coaching Workshop, we will consider other PBL training or experience as a substitute for the PBL 101 prerequisite.

Travel and Lodging

  • What are the closest airports?

    American Canyon High School is located in American Canyon, California just south of Napa. There are two airport options available: Oakland Airport and San Francisco Airport. Oakland Airport (OAK) is 40 miles from the event. San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 47 miles from the event. 

  • What ground transportation options are available?

    Both Oakland and San Francisco International Airports have rental car centers close by. If you fly into Oakland: https://www.oaklandairport.com/ground-transportation/car-rentals/. If you fly into San Francisco: https://sforcc.com/car-rental/usa-san-francisco.  To avoid heavy traffic to and from the Airport during rush hour, we recommend driving at unusual times (e.g., after 8pm) and carpooling and using the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. San Francisco rewards drivers who combine passengers. Take full advantage of the diamond lanes to speed past most of the "worst" traffic. Make sure to note the times for HOV exclusive right to the special high-speed lanes on signs throughout Bay Area highways.
     

  • Do hotels offer shuttle services to the event?

    Please contact the hotel you book with to find out if shuttle service is available. 
     

  • What hotel options are available?

    We have reserved rooms at all of the major hotel chains close to American Canyon High School. We encourage you to book your hotel as soon as possible given the popularity of Napa and the surrounding area in the summer. To book your rooms at the block room rates, please register for your preferred hotel using the links below. Hotel rooms with block room rates are limited. We encourage you to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible because the Napa area is a high demand tourist destination, especially in summer months. 

    Hotels with Block Room Rates:

    • Courtyard Vallejo Napa Valley ($139/night): 2.1 miles from event  BOOK HERE  
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Napa Valley-American Canyon ($179/night): 2.2 miles from event  BOOK HERE  
      (NOTE: For any reservation prior to January 1, 2021, please call 707-552-8100 Ex. 0 (Block Code: PBL))
    • Springhill Suites Napa Valley ($199/night): 5.5 miles from event  BOOK HERE 
    • Hampton Inn & Suites Napa ($219/night): 10 miles from event  BOOK HERE 
    • Embassy Suites Napa Valley ($259/night): 12.5 miles from the event  BOOK HERE 

    Other Options in Napa:

Special Accommodations

  • How can I let you know about my accessibility needs?

    We aim to host events that enable individuals of all abilities to participate fully and equally. We welcome people with disabilities. If you have an accessibility need due to a disability, injury, or special circumstance, please be sure to include this information in your registration. You can also reach out to us directly to let us know what you need at [email protected]. Please include your confirmation number in your message so we can make notes on your participant record.

  • How can I let you know about my food allergies?

    If you have special food needs, please be sure to include this information in your registration. You can also reach out to us directly to let us know what you need at [email protected]. Please include your confirmation number in the email so we can make notes on your participant record.