New! Pop-Up Projects

If you’re eager to start a PBL unit with your students right away, here’s the easiest way to begin.
Pop Up Projects

Join a Pop-Up Project!

Join a facilitated cohort of  teachers from around the country to implement a shared Gold Standard PBL project over a 2-week period in your classroom. Projects designed for Grades 3-12 – remote, hybrid, or in-person.

Our expert National Faculty will guide you every step of the way, while introducing/reinforcing key PBL practices.

Time: Five 1.5-hour professional development sessions
Cost: $225

Available in 2021!

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Let's implement a project together!

Pop-Up Projects are engaging and accessible learning experiences. Each project is authentic and relevant for your classroom, and it teaches content as well as key success skills. Here are two sample Pop-Up Project topics...

Pop Up Our Lives Online


STEM Project

"Our Lives Online"

Students reflect on the ways they, their friends, and their families use social media, and learn about the impacts of social media on mental and physical health, communities, and societies. They engage in a design thinking process to investigate a specific challenge associated with technology and social media use and design a solution to that challenge.  Students present their solution in a 3-5 minute digital “pitch” that outlines the challenge and proposed solution and explains how the design was informed by a human-centered design process. For Grades 3-12.

Driving Question: How can we make the internet a healthier place for our friends, families, and communities?

Pop Up Building New Worlds



"Building New Worlds"

Students create a vision for a new reality, addressing considerations like governmental, economic, and social structures, transportation and communication, conflict resolution, and human relationships to one another and to the physical environment. To inform this vision, students explore examples of social and cultural practices from around the world and throughout history. They also read and discuss speculative fiction set in imagined societies. As a final product, students create a 3-5 minute digital “tour” of the world they have imagined. For Grades 3-12.

Driving Question: What other worlds are possible?

The essentials

  • A ready-made, high-quality project for you to use with your students.
  • A  multi-week facilitated experience consisting of five (5) 90-minute professional development webinars, to support each step of your project facilitation. 
  • Opportunities to plan, collaborate, and reflect with a cohort of other teachers facilitating the same project at the same time.
  • Guided by a member of the PBLWorks National Faculty – a hand-picked group of seasoned teachers, administrators, school coaches, and PBL experts.

Course Outline

You'll meet with your facilitator and cohort in 5 sessions over 2-3 weeks. Each session meeting is 90-minutes.

Session 1: Project Launch

Session 2: Build Knowledge

Session 3: Develop & Critique

Session 4: Present Learning

Session 5: Feedback & Project Reflection

Is this for you?

Pop-Up Projects are designed for practicing classroom teachers in Grades 3-12. This is a great experience whether you're new to PBL or a more experienced practitioner.


  • Implement a high-quality project in your classroom.
  • Learn and apply the elements of High Quality PBL, the phases of the Project Path, and key PBL instructional strategies.

Additional Course Details

  • Learning Materials

    Required Text: None. Required materials are provided online

    Supplemental Reading (optional): Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning  (Larmer, Mergendoller, & Boss, 2015)

  • Technical Requirements


    • Desktop, laptop, Chromebook, or Surface PRO 4 or newer are ideal. (We do not recommend iOS or Android tablets)
    • Speakers (either external or internal) or headphones/earbuds 
    • Webcam (either external or internal)

    Internet Connection

    • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless
    • 3Mbps/3Mbps (upload/download) – Not sure? Check here. 

    Operating Systems

    • Mac OS 10.10 or newer, Windows 10 or newer, and Chrome OS Browsers
    • Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge are recommended.


    • Zoom Video Conferencing program (latest update), available for free download here
    • Google Docs via a Google-enabled account. Free sign up here.

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