PBL Canada Institute

AUGUST 19-21, 2019   |   Hillfield Strathallan College is pleased to host the 3rd Annual PBL CANADA INSTITUTE, in collaboration with PBLWorks (formerly the Buck Institute for Education).


HSC is located in beautiful Hamilton, Ontario, which is halfway between Niagara Falls and Toronto. We are about an hour away from both the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport, and we are less than 20 minutes from Hamilton International Airport. Based on PBLWorks' Gold Standard for PBL, we are offering training in PBL 101, PBL 201 and PBL Leadership. These popular and effective sessions are sure to appeal to educators and administrators of all types, so click here to register today to guarantee your spot.

PBL Workshop 2019 Fees

Early bird individual price of $1025 plus HST ($1,158.25) ends May 31, 2019
Regular individual price of $1,225 plus HST ($1,384.25) after May 31, 2019
(All fees are in Canadian dollars)

For schools or boards interested in sending 10 or more participants, a group discount rate will be offered.
Please contact Alessandro LoSardo at or 905-389-1367, ext. 161.
  • Discount of 10% for 10+employees 
  • Bulk discount of 15% for more than 20 people

Program Descriptions

PBL 101

For teachers, school and district leaders, and instructional coaches.

The PBL 101 Workshop is the best way to begin your journey into Project Based Learning. This workshop is based on tried and true strategies for developing learning experiences for educators that lead to sustained changes in practice.

PBL 101 is PBLWorks' foundational course, based on our model of Gold Standard PBL. The workshop itself models the project process. It provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to design, assess, and manage a rigorous, standards-based project. Educators consistently rate our PBL 101 Workshop as exceptional.

During this workshop, you will:
  • Understand the distinction between “doing projects” and Project Based Learning
  • Incorporate best practices in formative and summative assessment into project designs
  • Become familiar with online project design, assessment and management resources
  • Learn to use peer-driven feedback protocols
  • Draft a standards-based project design, including key success skills, a driving question, and major student products, that is ready to implement in your classroom
This three-day workshop is a blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback. Your workshop will be facilitated by a member of the PBLWorks' National Faculty—all seasoned teachers, administrators, and coaches who are PBL experts.

PBL 201

For teachers, coaches, curriculum specialists, school & district leaders.

Prerequisite: PBLWorks' PBL 101 Workshop

PBL 201 Workshops are three-day onsite workshops that provide experienced PBL practitioners with in-depth instruction on PBLWorks' Gold Standard Project Based Teaching Practices as well as supported project development time. Participants​ ​will​ ​leave​ ​each​ ​workshop with​ ​the​ ​beginnings​ ​of​ ​a​ ​new​ ​project​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​deeper​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​effective​ ​PBL facilitation​ ​practices.

INDICATE YOUR FIRST AND SECOND CHOICE OUT OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS (please note that we cannot guarantee your first choice):
Option 1: Building a Learner-Centered Classroom
Focus on teaching Practices: Align to Standards, Build the Culture, Manage Activities, Assess Student Learning

In this active and participatory learning experience, educators will learn strategies for increasing the engagement and empowerment of all students in the PBL classroom. Experienced PBL educators who attend this workshop will learn to skillfully plan for student choice throughout a project and to use management structures that place student learning at the center. They will reflect on the use of peer feedback as a tool for student empowerment and distributed expertise in the classroom. Workshop attendees will apply the practices they learn to the development of a high-quality standards-aligned project and a plan for learner-centered project implementation in their classrooms.

Option 2: Deepening​ ​the​ ​Quality​ ​of​ ​Student​ ​Work

Focus Teaching Practices: Align to Standards, Scaffold Student Learning, Engage & Coach, Assess Student Learning
How do we ensure that the products we ask students to create are rigorous and align to significant content and skills? What project-embedded strategies can help deepen student thinking and elicit evidence of this thinking? How can we coach students toward ever-increasing levels of intellectual rigor and quality work? In this engaging and interactive workshop, participants will investigate and apply teaching practices and strategies that can help to strengthen the quality of student work in a PBL classroom. They will develop and reflect on a high-quality project, and will plan for project implementation in order to improve student products and enhance learning.

Facilitated by one of PBLWorks' expert National Faculty, each PBL 201 workshop offers a balanced blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback.

PBL Leadership

Requirements: Participants must be in a school or district leadership role. It is highly recommended that participants come in teams of at least three.

The PBL Leadership Workshop is a three-day intensive dive into how school and district leaders support the conditions for Project Based Learning to thrive in their systems. Reflecting on their current reality, participants will design their strategy to implement PBL and foster a project based mindset for teaching, learning and leading that moves them forward along the PBL Leadership Progression of Practice.

During this workshop, you will:
  • Experience PBL as a learner
  • Identify key actions that will guide PBL implementation and move the school as well as advance leadership practices along the PBL Progression of Practice continuum
  • Understand and explain how Gold Standard PBL aligns to your district vision/strategic plan
  • Collaborate as a network of leaders to build coherence and capacity to move PBL implementation forward
Facilitated by one of PBLWorks' expert National Faculty, the workshop is a balanced blend of direct instruction, videos from the field, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback.


Click here to view photos from the 2018 PBL Canada Institute

Located in Hamilton, ON, Hillfield Strathallan College is a Canadian independent, co-educational day school.
The academic program runs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12.

Hillfield Strathallan College | 299 Fennell Avenue West | Hamilton, ON L9C 1G3 | 905-389-1367