The Nashville Next Generation Learning Hub offers training to help teachers learn to design transformational instruction units. Through this approach students will demonstrate mastery by applying the content standards to create authentic products. The training is designed to mirror the experience of a project. The training will specifically discuss how to unite academy teachers—both CTE and general education instructors together to collaborate to create meaningful interdisciplinary projects.

Through an inquiry-based approach, participants will be challenged to design a unit, while being attentive to different phases of implementation including management and assessment. At the end of the two or three day session, participants will share their final product, receive feedback, and make improvements before taking it to their classrooms. When appropriate, districts can work with local business partners to engage them in the project planning and implementation.

The session is designed to offer schools flexibility of their resources. The outcome will be the same for both options—participants will develop a project that can be used with their students. The following options are available:

  • A two-day face-to-face session with a third day of project feedback that can be completed virtually or face-to-face.
  • A three-day face-to-face session will allow for more participant work time before presenting their project to a public audience.

Session Outcomes:
At the completion of the Transforming Classroom Instruction through PBL, participants will have a better understanding of:

  • The difference between a PBL experience and simply “doing projects”
  • The components of PBL—how to make sure you are doing authentic projects that focus on content standards
  • The need to provide students with alternative ways to show mastery of content standards
  • How to manage a project in the classroom without having chaos
  • How to assess a projects using a multiple sources
  • How to use PBL resources to create PBL unit plans