University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

PBL Project Design Sprint

Program Dates: June 9 and 10, 2021

About The Program

High-quality project-based learning provides students with rich opportunities to explore disciplinary content, engage in authentic and consequential work, collaborate with others to solve complex problems and have opportunities to iterate, reflect, and refine their work.

Designing high-quality projects is a challenging task. Educators need to consider their learning goals; a compelling question, task, or challenge; a final product with an authentic audience; benchmarks to support student progress; and opportunities for students to research, explore, draft, reflect, and revise.

What To Expect

The first goal of the PBL Project Design Sprint is to help you turn one of your specific project ideas into a project outline or sketch. The Design Sprint will help you take a kernel of an idea and begin to transform it into a project. The second goal is to have you practice a project development process that you can utilize in the future. The process will prompt you to consider the PennPBL Driving Goals of Project-Based Learning: learning that is Authentic, Disciplinary, Collaborative, and Iterative. Using planning tools and templates, you will explore the critical questions to consider during the planning process.

The PBL Project Design Sprint is divided into two 2-hour sessions over the course of two days. The first session will take place from 6:00-8:00pm EST on Wednesday, June 9th, and the second session will take place from 6:00-8:00pm EST on Thursday, June 10th. The sessions will include large group sessions, small group breakouts, peer-share and feedback opportunities, and opportunities to engage with PBL facilitators.

What You'll Get
  • A project sketch - Come to the design sprint with a spark, and leave with a project sketch
  • Design process - Learn what questions to ask to build a project sketch

New Content
  • K-12 Teachers who are interested in learning how to design a project

  • K-12 Leaders who support teachers who implement project-based learning

  • College or University educators who use projects in their courses

Facilitators and Coaches

The PBL Project Design Sprint will be designed and facilitated by members of the Penn Graduate School of Education PennPBL Community. Click here to learn more about the Project-Based Learning certificate program.


Registration Deadline: June 7, 2021

Program Timing

Wednesday, June 9, 6:00 - 8:00 pm EST and Thursday, June 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm EST


Virtual sessions on Zoom
Full group and small group sessions





This program is offered at no cost to School District of Philadelphia educators, while space is available.


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