As a pioneer school in project-based education we believe that families are integral partners in a successful learning process. Because we embrace being a unique learning model, Project-Based Learning (PBL), we want our families to understand the Why, What, and How of PBL. We strive for our families to become active participants alongside their children and their school community.
Each month we will offer Parent University Workshops to have deep conversations and guide our families through the process. Joining together experts in the field and members of our team that will guide our families through the process and answer pertinent questions.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when the next Parent University is offered.
Intro to PBL
As a participants in the “Intro to PBL Workshop” we will focus on some core questions such as: What is project based learning? What does project based learning, planning, and implementing entail? What makes project based learning different than any other approach to education, teaching, learning and assessment? Join us for this workshop and Learn about the PBL process as an organic and holistic approach to education.
Engagement Through PBL Part I
During this workshops, parents will assume the “learner-role” and go through Project Based Learning Experience from “Entry Points” (Planning a project), Entry Event (gaging learners’ interest), meaningful engagement (ongoing inquiry, teaming and rigor in PBL) to project relevance, authenticity, and application.
7 Habits Through PBL
Project Based Learning is more than just teaching and learning. PBL involved a multi-scaffolded structure of holistic education. That is why iLEAD PBL incorporates Academic Rigor (international, Leadership, Entrepreneurialism, Arts and Design) and Social Emotional Learning (7 Habits, Character Lab, and Learning Outcomes). During this session, parents will become familiar with the relationship between iLEAD PBL and the 7 Habits for Successful Children. The 7 Habits help us build meaningful home-school-community relationships and systems for supporting our children’s education.
Culture and Discipline in PBL
What does it mean to “learn from failure”; What does it mean to work on developing a “growth mindset”; how do we negative through the fear of failure, teaming, diversity, backgrounds, cultures, belief and other aspects? This workshop explains how iLEAD capitalizes on diversity, culture, beliefs and other systems as vehicle for building strong PBL community where every learner succeed. During this session we will talk about the experience of “meeting every learner where they are” and “honoring passion, diversity and individualization” to foster our vision “Free to think Inspired to lead”.
Assessments and Rubrics in PBL
Join us in one of the most important and difficult PBL endeavors: 1) an assessment for measuring learners’ growth through the PBL process; 2) how rubrics measure the authentic PBL process; and 3) holistic approach to PBL assessment through iLEAD rubrics for Academic Rigor and Social and Emotional Learning.
Engagement Through PBL Part II
This workshop will focus on PBL aspects for engagement such as: Interdisciplinary Facilitator Teams; b) Learner-Driven Teams; Creativity, Innovation; Flexibility; Authenticity etc. Together we will explore the backstory of PBL that lead to lasting, meaningful learning. How do we use authentic project-based learning (PBL) experiences to engage learners, families and the community. Too often, we only get to see glimpses of projects — typically, when learners are presenting their final work. Here’s a chance to hear how a project unfolded.
PBL for Families
Project-based learning (PBL) is a fantastic way to increase family and community involvement in our schools in a truly authentic way. Instead of creating unappealing strategies to engage families, PBL provides an opportunity for families to become an integral part of our school identity, the curriculum and instruction, and daily activities. Come to this workshop to learn how families become part of PBL as:
Partners, Audience, the Process of Education, Transparency of Projects, Culturally Responsive Projects and other important aspects.
PBL Next Steps
Let’s learn together how PBL embraces a collaborative, design-for-change philosophy to incorporate lessons learned to further improve outcomes during the PBL process. Together we will explore key features such as:
- Making PBL process the central approach, or spine, of iLEAD to provide a meaningful context for learning and applying critical knowledge, concepts and skills.
- Using PBL and design cycles, for learners to revisit key concepts and questions in each successive project, applying their knowledge again and again — cyclically — in new circumstances, so they might achieve greater depth of understanding and be able to transfer that understanding to authentic context and scenarios.