Professional Development

Kentucky Initiative Aims to Take Project-Based Learning Program Into a Third of State's Public Schools

Professional development provider PBLWorks has announced a new four-year partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education to provide training and support in project-based learning for educators across the state’s K–12 schools.

The Scaling Gold Standard PBL Kentucky program will provide PBL training and support to Kentucky teachers and district leaders through face-to-face workshops, personal online coaching, school visits, and deep peer collaboration, according to a news release.

Two groups of Kentucky K–12 leaders have begun their training through the initiative, PBLWorks said. Start dates for the next administrator groups will be announced soon; the program’s teacher training will begin in the summer.

Initiative leaders hope to reach one-third of Kentucky’s public schools with the PBL training, PBLWorks said; workshops will be held by every educational cooperative across the state. Teachers at participating schools will be invited to PBLWorks’ Gold Standard PBL 101 training and ongoing support for introducing project-based learning in their classrooms.

Educators in Kentucky can contact their regional education cooperative or email [email protected] for more information about the program, which is free for all K–12 public schools in Kentucky, PBLWorks said.

PBLWorks has established similar statewide initiatives in Hawaii, California, and Massachusetts, according to the news release. Learn more at

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