PBL Design Certificate Course

4 synchronous workshops to grow and develop socially, emotionally and globally connected citizens in F2F or blended environments through project-based learning.

$299 USD per person. (10% discount through October 31st)



This immersive and personalized 4 week project- based Learning certificate program couples synchronous virtual workshops and coaching, with short asynchronous lessons to help you design, or enhance a high-quality project-based experience for your learners. Through bi-weekly workshops and the support of a small cohort, you will walk away with a project-based experience that infuses standards, empowers learners, assesses authentically and creates more socially, globally and emotionally aware citizens.

Who It's For

Teachers, Team Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Edtech Facilitators, and others already with a foundational understanding of PBL


4 weekly workshops (Western Hemisphere, Mondays.Eastern Hemisphere: Wednesdays)
16 total PD Hours
2 hours synchronous/ asynchronous work per week
Cohort meeting every Monday or Wednesday evening for 4 weeks (depending on location)


$299 USD (10% off original price if registering in October) 

Group discounts available 

Cohorts: Minimum of 10 and Maximum of 20 per cohort


  • Learn how to best design and implement 7 components of high-quality project- based experiences

  • Develop strategies for increasing student engagement and management within projects
  • Learn the simple 5 step project design process for blended, community based projects

  • Learn how to integrate rigorous standards 

  • Learn strategies for multiple and varied formative and summative project assessment

  • Learn how to create resources to support student independent learning
  • Learn techniques for overcoming the most common challenges with project-based learning, including student motivation and differentiation


  • Short, Supplementary Asynchronous Video Lessons and Resources 

  • Four regular virtual cohort meetings to tune projects and overcome challenges with implementation

  • Individual Coaching Session for PBL Implementation

  • Expert Practitioner Facilitation

  • Project Review and Feedback

  • Certificate for 16 Professional Development Hours

Course Timeline

Week 1

Accelerator Course Starts.
Meet fellow participants. Introductions. Project Sharing. Establish goals. Socratic seminar. Hopes and Fears for hybrid PBL.

What does high-quality PBL look like? What are the major components?

Week 1-2

Module #1: Understanding PBL
Understand PBL basics and case studies

What does each component of high-quality PBL look like in model projects (both in-person and hybrid)? What’s the difference between ‘doing projects’ and ‘project- based learning?’ How do you come up with good project ideas?

Week 2

Cohort 1: 4:30-6:00 pm

Cohort Meeting #1:
Establishing Project Idea and Driving Question. ‘Hot Seats’ and ‘Hybrid PBL’ tips.

Discuss project ideas. Use design technique to discuss and vote on favorite. Driving Question introduction. ‘Hot Seat’ Hybrid PBL.

Week 2-3

Module #2: Planning PBL
Designing Hybrid PBL

How to write effective driving questions? Organize PBL online lessons? Integrate standards, skills and curriculum content? How to launch and virtual exhibitions?

Week 3

Cohort #1: 4:30-6:00 pm

Cohort Meeting #2:
Designing Hybrid PBL

Share Project skeleton. Tune Driving Questions and Overcome Challenges w/ hybrid PBL. ‘Hot seats.’

Week 3-4

Module #3: Assessing PBL
Assessing Hybrid PBL

How to authentically assess PBL? How to scaffold milestones and experiences? How to structure authentic formative and summative assessment? Use digital portfolios, critique and self/ peer assessment rubrics?

Week 4

Cohort #1: 4:30-6:00 pm

Cohort Meeting #3:
Assessing Hybrid PBL

Share assessment plans. Tune assessments. Discuss methods of assessment. Overcome challenges w/ hybrid PBL.

Week 4-5

Module #4: Managing PBL
Managing Hybrid PBL

How to manage projects in a digital environment? How to foster collaboration? How to create independent learners? How to schedule hybrid PBL?

Week 5

Cohort #1: 4:30-6:00 pm

Cohort Meeting #4:
PBL Management and Overall Project Share

Share project briefs and management plans and PBL Schedule. Integration of experts. ‘Hot Seats’

FINAL Presentation of Learning via FlipGrid.

Provide a short project presentation to share on Flip Grid to wider audience for Final Certificate and Course Completion!


Complete PBL Evaluation. Receive Course Certificates, digital badges, and credit for 25 PD hours.

“My teachers and I gained tremendous insight through Kyle’s course and coaching by pushing past our comfort zones and providing students with a deeper level of engagement, rigor, active learning, and critical thinking.”


Anne Robinson

Instructional Coach at Gompers Preparatory Academy


“Whenever I thought of PBL, I would always think more about what I wanted students to produce instead of how I wanted them to show their understanding. I always felt I wasn’t doing PBL the way it was supposed to be done.


Your explanations and guidance on the whole process in terms of how we plan for and implement PBL really helped me visualize and better understand how to plan projects for project-based learning that would be engaging, meaningful and allow for student agency. It felt as if the PBL fog was lifted! I’m really excited and look forward to being able to plan and implement PBL now!”

Civen Ho

Elementary Teacher 

“Kyle’s enthusiasm and knowledge about PBL was incredible. Despite the online mode of delivery, there was genuinely effective interaction between him and participants. The course was well structured with thoughtful progression from each session. Examples were inspiring and had huge reference value. Well done! ”  


William Cheng

Program Director Educational Bureau Hong Kong


“Kyle was an amazing facilitator and trainer. I liked how he kept us on track and helped us when we got stuck. He modelled how we could give support or scaffolding to our students. What an amazing six weeks of training.”


Training Participant

Facilitator Bio

Kyle Wagner is the founder and lead consultant for Transform Educational Consulting, an organization that empowers forward thinking schools to grow and develop 21st century learners.

His work with project- based learning and design thinking experiences spans 12 years, three continents and over 15 schools. He has worked with successful public, charter and international schools in the Asia region including ESF, YCIS, IMS and ISB, HARBOUR SCHOOL and VTC. He is the former Coordinator of Futures Academy at the International School of Beijing, a program that uses interdisciplinary project- based learning to connect students to their passions and the world outside of school. His book “The Power of SIMPLE” documents this experience and helps provide simple, research- based strategies for developing students as 21st century problem solvers.

Kyle is also a former educator and project leader at High Tech High, the famous project-based learning school featured on the hit documentary “Most Likely to Succeed.” He holds a M.Ed. (Masters Degree) in Teacher Leadership with a thesis that focuses on developing democratic classrooms and distributed leadership models. When not writing or teaching, he is performing with his original band, participating in karaoke contests and traveling the world with his partner. He currently resides in Hong Kong where he spends time developing schools of the future while helping other school leaders build theirs.

Learn project-based learning
with a small community.

$333 USD per participant. 15% discount for groups of 4 or more.