Services: PBL Project Slice

This one-day workshop engages participants in an immersive PBL experience – a “slice” of a project. A great option to introduce Project Based Learning!

This workshop is one full day with up to 35 participants..

In a Project Slice, you feel what it's like to be a learner in a high-quality PBL classroom.

Participants will engage as learners in a transformative one-day project that models the key features of the PBL process. The day will mirror the flow of a larger project, beginning with an engaging launch/ entry event and authentic driving question. Teams will work together to build knowledge, understanding and success skills, and develop and critique products and answers to the driving question.

The day culminates with team presentations of their products, followed by structured reflection on what they have learned about PBL. At key moments throughout the day, participants will be encouraged to “put on their teacher hats” and reflect on the pedagogical moves they are experiencing as PBL learners, as well as implications for their own contexts.

A slice is a great way to begin a PBL initiative for a school or district.

Like an entry event for a project, a Project Slice carries a lot of emotional weight and creates a genuine “need to know” energy about PBL and how to make it happen for all students. Schools and districts often use a Project Slice to build understanding of PBL as a staff or school community.Your workshop will be facilitated by a member of the PBLWorks National Faculty—all seasoned teachers, administrators, and coaches who are PBL experts.

There are two ways to participate in a PBL Project Slice...

1. Bring us to you! Schedule a call with us to learn about bringing a PBL Project Slice workshop to your school.

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2. Join us at PBL World 2020. Register for a Project Slice for the pre-conference day at at our annual flagship event PBL World in June 2020. From time to time, we also offer a Project Slice at other PBLWorks sponsored events.

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Here are three sample Project Slice topics.

Making Space for Change

The project question is: “How can we redesign a public space to promote a social benefit?”


Each team focuses on creating a plan for a public space–like a park or library. Each plan is created to facilitate a different goal, such as increasing opportunities for civil and democratic discourse, or enhancing public health and physical fitness.

Sustainable Future

The project question is: “How do we manage shared resources for a sustainable future?”


Teams explore economic and environmental science theories related to the “commons." They present case studies focused on situations in which the needs of individuals conflict with the needs of the collective, as well as possible solutions.

Community Voices

The project​ ​question is:​ ​"How​ ​can​ w​​e​ ​use​ ​data​ ​to​ ​tell​ ​a​ ​story about​ ​our​ ​community?"


​​Teams​ ​explore​ ​quantitative​ ​and​ ​qualitative​ ​data​ ​about​ ​the​ ​community, venturing​ ​out​ ​into​ ​the​ ​"field"​ ​to​ ​investigate​ ​local​ ​realities.​ ​Through​ ​interviews​ ​and​ ​analysis​,​ ​they​ ​collect​ ​the​ ​stories​ ​of​ ​ ​community​ ​members and ​create​ ​a​ ​ ​"state​ ​of​ ​the community"​ ​presentation​.

Why try a slice of PBL?

It’s meant to demonstrate what it’s like to be a learner in PBL, by engaging participants in an immersive PBL experience—basically a very short project.

We recommend it to schools and districts as a strategy for building understanding of PBL among a staff or school community.

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Are you fine-tuning your plan for next year? Or still debating the options? Our team is happy be in touch. We'll talk through the details, answer your questions, and share tips on how to get started.

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