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PBL 4: Planning Tools

Guiding your students in using planning tools is a great way to ensure your students learn how to take ownership of their project and sustain it to completion.
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Instructor: Sarah Perroy
  Released 10/14/2022    English
Student using a planning tool

What's included  

  • 5 Sections
  • 1 Video
  • 3 Mini-podcasts
  • 4 Printables
  • Multiple Reflections
  • 1 PD Clock Hour

Who's this course for?

Rooted in the planning tools rubric, this course demonstrates proficiency of planning tools.
  • PBL Teachers
  • Teachers seeking project help
  • Future teachers learning PBL
  • Leaders considering PBL

What You'll Learn  

  • Tools that will help your students have a successful project
  • Strategies to bolster commitment, implementation, and modification of projects through planning tools 

Course Content


  • A willingness to learn and grow.
  • A computer or phone with access to the internet.
  • No paid software required - everything you need is in the Learning Module.

Course Description

This mini-lesson seeks to answer this driving question: “How can we, as PBL teachers, use tools that encourage accountability and allow students to pace themselves through a project?”

PBL 4: Planning Tools FAQ

Does this course ONLY apply to PBL teachers?

  • No.  While this course approaches planning tool through the lens of PBL rubric, the resources and scenarios will help any teacher apply these strategies within their classroom.  If you are wanting tips to improve your unit or lesson projects, then this course can help.

Do I need to take the other PBL courses before this one?

  • Yes and no.  If you are learning about PBL, then YES - we would recommend taking the other courses that lead to the Planning Tools.  If you teach from a more traditional approach, then NO - you can take this course as a stand alone.

What is the best way to take these courses?

  • We suggest that you avoid "binge watching" the PBL series. While lots of ground will be covered, you want the material to translate into practice. Our recommendation is to move through them one course each week so that you have time to read and reflect. If you desire a faster completion, we suggest no more than 1 course every other day. That way, you learn and then apply before moving on to the next.  
Meet the instructor

Sarah Perroy

Sarah Perroy is the Project Based Learning Instructional Lead for Career Learning at Stride, where she uses her educational experience to craft high-quality professional learning experiences for teachers and leaders interested in implementing PBL. Having served as both a literacy specialist and English Language Learners teacher, she recognizes the value that PBL offers in promoting equitable outcomes for all students. 
Meet the designer

Matthew Hoppe

Matthew Hoppe is an Instructional Designer at Stride. He continually draws upon his experience as a teacher, media producer, and director of arts to support various schools and nonprofits. His passion is to use what he has learned to support others as they pursue living their best lives.

Project Based Learning 4: Planning Tools

Learn how to proficiently facilitate commitment, implementation, and modification of planning tools with your students.
   Added 10/14/2022    English    Instructor: Sarah Perroy

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