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January 25-26, 2019
Venue: American International School
Chennai, India

Suzie Boss

Educational consultant and author of Project Based Teaching.

Full Bio

SUZIE BOSS is a writer and educational consultant from Portland, Oregon, who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities.

She is the author of several popular books for educators, most recently Project Based Teaching (2018) and All Together Now: How to Engage Your Stakeholders in Reimagining School (2017).

She is a regular contributor to and a member of the Buck Institute for Education National Faculty. She recently collaborated with award-winning global educator Stephen Ritz on The Power of a Plant, which tells his inspiring story of creating green classrooms and healthier outcomes for children and communities across New York’s South Bronx and around the world.

Inspired by teachers who push the boundaries of the traditional classroom, Ms Boss consults with schools internationally that are ready to shift away from tests and textbooks and engage students in real-world problem solving.

She has helped project-based learning and other innovation strategies take hold at schools in India, Europe, Mexico, and South America, as well as all over the United States.

Institute Description

Going Deeper with Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning has the potential to lead to deeper learning and increased student engagement. But not all projects achieve the same results. This hands-on institute will help you plan for high-quality, academically rigorous PBL that connects with students’ real-world interests.

The institute is appropriate for teachers (elementary through secondary) as well as school leaders, instructional coaches, and service-learning coordinators.

Whether you are brand-new to PBL or already implementing projects, expect to gain new strategies to support student-centered learning. We will put project-based teaching practices to work, using structured protocols for peer critique and collaboration.

Video case studies will offer a window into PBL classrooms in action across grade levels and content areas. To support successful PBL implementation, we will also consider strategies for building buy-in among staff, students, and parents, as well as engaging with community partners.

Interested participants will have the opportunity to follow up with the presenter virtually, once they have introduced PBL to their students, to encourage teacher reflection, troubleshoot challenges, and plan for future project improvements.

No prior experience required; content is appropriate for newcomers to PBL as well as those with more experience.

Target Audience: K-12 teachers, school leaders, instructional coaches, service-learning coordinators, library media specialists.

Continuum Level: 3

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Participants will come away with:
  • Increased confidence in designing and implementing high-quality PBL.
  • A collaborative approach to project planning and peer critique.
  • Understanding the difference between projects and project-based learning.
  • Strategies for managing student-driven learning and encouraging deep inquiry.
  • Ideas for extending learning beyond the classroom and tackling real-world challenges, including service learning.
  • Project ideas that foster inquiry and innovation.

Advance Prep/Prerequisites

  • Please bring your laptop/tablet to this workshop.
  • No advance preparation is required.


Save paper and effort where possible!

For your convenience, and to support our efforts in being "green", all handouts/files posted here have been notated with an A, B, C or D indicating the following:

(A) hardcopies needed at workshop
(B) electronic version on laptop is sufficient (for viewing during the workshop)
(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
(D) file not needed for workshop itself, but simply material of additional interest/reference

(B) Project-Based Learning at NESA