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Project Based Learning In Practice

28 EpisodesProduced by Shayla Adams-Stafford Website

Weekly tips, interviews, strategies and best practices in implementing Project Based Learning from Instructional Coach Shayla Adams-Stafford.

28 Episodes | 2017 - 2020

How to Successfully Use Technical Experts in your Projects

February 12th, 2020


How can you use technical experts as MORE than just presenters? Join us today as we chat with Dayna Laur , Co-Founder of Project ARC. We cover everything from moving beyond Driving Questions with Launch Questions, to an …

Is your PLC Supporting PBL?

January 22nd, 2020


Join us this week as we chat with Brad Sever, School Leader who drops knowledge on how we can transform our PLC's to support PBL. He pushes listeners …

How to combine SEL and PBL in your classroom

January 7th, 2020


Our guest this week Mike Kaechele discusses is successful Water Project and how to combine SEL Competencies within a Project Based Setting.  Mike is …

Break Work- To give or not to give?

November 26th, 2019


This episode I wanted to discuss a common dilemma some teachers face this time of year; whether to give a project over break! These are some thoughts …

Author Chat: Project Based Learning in the Math Classroom!

November 19th, 2019


Join me as I chat with PBL Math gurus Telannia Norfar and Chris Fancher as we break down commonly held myths about implementing PBL in the Math Classroom...with their book by that same title :) These two are dropping …

"The Car Idling Challenge"- Rethinking teaching the scientific process through PBL

May 28th, 2019


Join us as our guest Jon Kelley shares how he used a real evironmental and public health issue, car idling, to teach students about the scientific process. Hear how he was able to engage community experts and excite …

#TechTuesday with Headrush

March 19th, 2019


This week school director Peter Wieczorek shares with us how his staff uses @headrush to manage student projects. At his school, which is completely …

Coaching through Inquiry: Jill Ackers shares how she uses the power of questioning to help teachers execute PBL!

March 5th, 2019


Join us for a chat with Instructional Coach, veteran educator, and life-long questioner Jill Ackers as she shares with us how her own personal experiences influenced her coaching and how she transformed her coaching …

AP US History + PBL...can it be done?

January 29th, 2019


Join us this week as we chat with PBL educator Alprentice Mccutchen as he breaks down his concept of the 'Super Unit' which he uses to bring PBL 'depth and not breadth' to this challenging course! Keep up with Al on …

Teacher as Learner: Leading a PBL School and helping teachers reimagine the student experience!

November 27th, 2018


Join us as we hear from Brandon Johnson, a proven PBL School Leader as we discuss the ups and downs of leading a wall-to-wall PBL School! He talks …

"Man, why are we learning this?"- Designing 'with' students, teacher vulnerability & letting go!

October 30th, 2018


This week we talk with PBL Coach, Teacher, and School Designer Andrew Biros as he drops tons of gems on how to involve students in the actual project …

"And the winner is...." Using the arts and bit of competition in ELA!

October 23rd, 2018


Dara Laws-Savage describes how she uses her innovative Carter Awards program to bring ELA research to life!
Keep up with Dara online @ Twitter: …

#TechTuesday- Learning with Loom- Screen Video Recording

July 24th, 2018


Our guest this week Ted Malefyt breaks down how he uses Loom to provide effective, screen-recorded feedback to students to create dynamic projects. …

The 'Silo-breaker': Finding connection to move students forward

June 5th, 2018


Join us as we talk with PBL Powerhouse Ginger Lewman as she shares how she breaks silos that exists in schools to help students and teachers realize …

Restorative Practices + ELA: Creating the culture to get the most out of student writing

May 22nd, 2018


Join us as we chat with Lauren Mckenzie, a D.C. based ELA and SS educator, as she shares how she helps students connect and create empathy for a project through restorative practices. For more info on Lauren and her …

Tech Tuesday: Using LittleBits to practice Computational Thinking!

May 15th, 2018


This week on our very first #TechTuesday we have the opportunity to speak with Jorge Valenzuela- a computer scientist enthusiast, and writer who …

Recharge: How to help teachers overcome 'PBL fatigue'!

May 1st, 2018


This week we chat with PBL Principal Lacrecia Terrance as she discusses how she invigorates her staff, especially when they are feeling worn out from back to back projects. She also shares an inspiring story about a …

Maker PBL: Managing multiple projects in the Alt/EBD Class

April 11th, 2018


Maker Teachers Andrea Wilson-Vazquez and Hannah Cushing share how they use creativity, reflection, an AMAZING management system and patience to inspire Alternative and EBD Students through "Passion Based" Learning. Keep …

Keep It Simple! How to find clarity in the midst of projects!

April 5th, 2018


Join us as we chat with Aaron Eisburg, learning facilitator at Center for Excellence as he shares with us how he helps teachers and students find clarity in the midst of crazy projects! He also shares how learning lab …

'Got any more of that PBL?': Using research to change perceptions and create "Think Space" for Teachers!

March 13th, 2018


Join us as we chat with Charity Parsons of @idoschool as she breaks down how she shatters stereotypes about what Black males can do through her …

Bringing Non-Fiction to Life in ELA!

March 11th, 2018


Join us as ELA teacher @melteets breaks down how she makes non-fiction engaging using conspiracies and documentaries! She shares how she uses …

Parks, Partnership and Empathy: Using National Parks for Dynamic PBL!

March 6th, 2018


Did you know most Americans are on average only 45 mins away from a National Park? How might you use local and state parks to create dynamic projects? Tune in as we chat with @saintfester on how he has combined his work …

"At-Promise" Youth and PBL: Building a sustainable future for students in DC!

February 27th, 2018


Join us for our chat with Janel Brown, Founding Deputy Executive Director of Sustainable Futures, a public charter in DC combining PBL with competency- based learning for youth often furthest from opportunity. She keeps …

"Not Your Parent's Gym Class!"

February 18th, 2018


Tune in to hear from Physical Education All-Stars Ryan Gordy and Adam Hughes as they share how they have totally transformed your typical P.E. Class …

2pac May Not Be Relevant!

January 28th, 2018


Dr. Kelvin Bullock, Executive Director of Equity Affairs, talks with us about using PBL as a tool for equity, and how to avoid pitfalls when trying …

Making math REALLY Real-world!

January 16th, 2018


Math expert Telannia Norfar breaks down how she combines her field experiences from her non-traditional path to teaching with her insatiable love for …

70 Students +My First Project!

January 8th, 2018


Andre Daughty talks to us about encouraging new PBL teachers, his first project and his class of 70 (yes you read that right... SEVENTY!) students. He dives into how he encouraged reluctant students to connect with …


December 26th, 2017


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