PBL for Diverse Learners: Planning PBL
Part 1 of the PBL for Diverse Learners Series

Are you trying PBL for the first time? Do you need help creating plans for PBL units?

Project-Based Learning (PBL) gives students the opportunity to learn through the use of projects and problem-solving. Projects are more than just engaging lessons. They include essential elements that raise the rigor of learning in the project. PBL projects are aligned with multiple standards and often across multiple content areas. They also tend to be student-driven with many opportunities for students to make choices about how they work on their project, and how they present their findings. PBL is often used with a diverse group of learners and is differentiated to meet the needs of those learners as they work together.

This self-paced course will guide you through the process of building a project through 5 step-by-step modules:

  1. What is PBL?
  2. Crafting the Driving Question
  3. Creating a Project Storyboard
  4. Assessments
  5. Final Steps for Planning PBL

This course aligns with the following High-Quality STEM Education Indicators:

Domain 2: School Climate and Culture

  • Indicator 2.1: Professional development on integrated STEM content, resources, and instructional methods provided for staff (Note: when offered for all teachers at a campus or district)

Domain 3: Program Design

  • Indicator 3.4: STEM program has a strategic plan including STEM integrated instruction aligned to the TEKS and offered regularly throughout the year

Domain 4: Curricular Aspects of the Program

  • Indicator 4.1: STEM Project/Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and/or DesignBased Challenges are aligned to grade level TEKS
  • Indicator 4.2: STEM Project/Problem-Based Learning (PBL) or Design-Based Challenges have integrated content across STEM fields
  • Indicator 4.3: STEM classroom experiences include career exploration and authentic real-world activities/projects


This is the first course in the series PBL for Diverse Learners.

The next course, PBL for Diverse Learners: Managing PBL, focuses on managing and implementing projects in the classroom.


Early Childhood, Mathematics, STEM, Gifted and Talented (G/T), Teacher Leadership, LOTE (Languages Other Than English), Science, Reading Language Arts (RLA), Fine Arts, Elementary, Social Studies, High School, Diverse Populations, College and Career Readiness, Teaching & Learning, Instructional Strategies
Online Course, Self-directed

CPE Credits: 6.00   GT Credits: 6.00  
Registration Closes: 8/15/2024 11:59 pm
Starts: 8/15/2023
Ends: 9/1/2024