PBL: Project, Passion and Problem-Based Learning

PBL organizes learning in such a way as to put the student in the driver seat directing their own learning journey

$29 Instant Access


Children today are more pragmatic than ever. They can learn anything they want, any time they want, so their expectations are higher. They come to you craving interaction and personalization. 

Project Based Learning (PBL) organizes learning in such a way as to put the student in the driver seat directing their own learning journey. Teachers become facilitators of the learning process. They model, motivate, coach, communicate, collaborate, assess, and help organize the learning.  

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  • 10 hours to complete
  • Certificate of Completion

As a result of taking this course you will:


  • Learn what Project Based Learning is (and what it isn’t).
  • How to get started in your classroom (regardless of subject or grade level).
  • The key components to a successful PBL experience, and more.

Passion, Project, Problem Based Learning (PBL) will address the relationship between content, pedagogy, and technology while covering the nuts and bolts of an inquiry approach to learning.

My hope is that you can take what you learn in this course and personalize it for your classroom or your role as an educator. PBL will give your classroom the hands-on excitement you have always craved while not sacrificing excellence in the process.

Digital Citizenship

Here’s what you’ll learn in this course:

Welcome to PBL

Meet your instructor & learn what to expect in this course.

Building a Common Understanding

In this lesson you will explore resources, look at examples and discuss the possibilities with others taking the course. You will also try a few things out related to your new understanding of what PBL is and what it isn’t.  

Planning and Getting Started

In this module, you will learn different ways to plan and schedule the learning. You will see planning in action and you will explore various technologies to help you plan successfully. 

Implementation and Assessment

During this section, you will explore the types of activities that take place in a PBL classroom and how to manage them. You will see clear examples of PBL taking place in schools. And you will learn how both formative and summative assessment take place in a passion driven learning environment. 


Wrap Up and Application

In this unit, you will tie everything you learned together in a personalized learning project of your own. You will walk away owning the concepts because you have applied them to a real life project based on your passion and interest. .

Master PBL with your students.

Help your students work collaboratively or alone to create a project or product, solve a problem, or chase a passionate interest.

Get instant access for just $29.

What they’re saying

I’ve had the pleasure to work closely with Sheryl over the last four years on Connected Educator Month and the Future Ready Leaders initiative. Sheryl has an unparalleled ability to keep track of both the big picture and the practical details. She is a creative, systems thinker with a compelling vision of where education ought to be going, but she is simultaneously attuned to the realities of politics and resources and able to navigate both in ways that yield tangible results while remaining aligned to that transformative vision. One of the hardest working people I’ve ever met, she is a true collaborator who brings out the best in others and comes through for the team even under the toughest conditions. Her contributions have been indispensable to the success of the most impactful projects I have led in recent years.

Darren Cambridge

Director of Policy Research and Development at National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Sheryl has the rare talent of being both an inspiring visionary and detailed implementer. She can take a high-level idea and turn it into a well-oiled machine without losing sight of the goals. This made Sheryl an an indispensable partner to the U.S. Department of Education in launching initiatives such as Connected Educator Month and Future Ready Leaders. Her collaborative leadership style and deep educational knowledge allows her to find solutions to the most complex educational challenges.
Richard Culatta

Former Director, Office of EdTech, US Department of Education

I think your leadership was remarkable. You are both so credible and knowledgeable. While at first the problem based learning was mucky for me, I look back at it as a wonderful experience. I am so empowered by the experience.

Patti Rodger

Educator, Middle school teacher, Alberta, Canada

About The Instructor

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Course Instructor, Powerful Learning Practice co-founder & CEO

Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of  Powerful Learning Practice.  She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty.  Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog, on Twitter @snbeach and on Instagram. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the material presented?
This self-paced course is a mixture of videos, written content, worksheets, downloadable goodies, and more. You’ll also be part of a members-only Facebook group with the course instructor and other folks participating in the course.
Is this a “live” course? Can I take it whenever I like?
This course is an asynchronous, self-paced learning opportunity. You can review the content whenever you like. Each lesson has video instruction, resources, a practical example, and a “take action” at the end.
When will I have access to the course content?
You’ll get instant access right after we securely process your payment. You then have access to the course material forever.
How do you handle payments?
Payments are securely handled through Stripe. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express. If you need to pay with a purchase order, enroll in bulk, or want us to create a custom bundle for you, contact us.
Can I register multiple people in this course like a school or district?
Absolutely. We give significant discounts for bulk registrations. Please contact us to make an arrangement for your staff, school, or district.

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You might be concerned that these courses won’t work for you. We get that. We offer a no risk, 60-day money back guarantee. If you don’t like the courses, if you feel like you already know the material, or if you just change your mind, we will refund 100% of your money for the first 60 days upon completion of an exit interview so we can learn how to make it better next time around. Do you have questions about this offering? Please contact us!

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