Project Based Learning (PBL)


What is PBL?

In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge.  Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity).


OCDE Project-Based Learning Series

This four-day day OCDE PBL workshop includes three consecutive days of hands-on learning to develop a PBL project. A fourth day follow-up during the implementation process provides timely support to assist participants in reflecting on student work and adapting their practices. Participants will learn the essential components of project-based learning and how to integrate them into an engaging, standards-based project that promotes 21st century skills. Through a combination of direct instruction, video analysis and peer-to-peer collaboration, participants will plan, design and receive critical feedback to create authentic, standards-based projects that challenge students to tackle real-world problems.



Days 1-3​ ​Day 4 (Follow Up)
​Registration Link
​November 7-9, 2016 ​January 17, 2017 ​​​
​December 6-8, 2016 ​January 31, 2017
​January 24-26, 2017 ​March 27, 2017
​February 14-16, 2017
​April 4, 2017
​March 28-30, 2017 May 17, 2017​
​April 17-19, 2017 ​June 7, 2017
May 16-18, 2017
​October 10, 2017
​June 27-29, 2017 ​October 12, 2017


For customized trainings or dates, contact Dr. Denise Harshman at 714-966-4446 or

PBL Trainers

Christie Baird, Ed.D.
Omar Guillen
Denise Harshman, Ed.D.
Gerardo Martinez
Cindy Toovey
Rob Vicario