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PBL Certification Process

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ICPBL Certification mission is to

1. establish standards and systems for certifying accomplished PBL educators;
2. provide support and networks for PBL educators and
3. engage PBL certified teachers and leaders in on-going professional development.

Professional Development Experience

Certification by the Indiana Collaborative for PBL recognizes teachers and school leaders for the quality of their practice in Project Based Learning. It is a voluntary process developed by experienced teachers, school leaders and other education stakeholders to validate educators who have met challenging professional expectations in PBL instruction as evidenced through the certification assessment.

Once a candidate is granted the ICPBL certification, they will:

  • send notification to the school district administration validating certification completed
  • be formally recognized by the Indiana State Board of Education
  • receive a certificate validating the PBL Certification
  • grow as professionals and develop new ways to help students learn and achieve
  • join the network of PBL teachers and leaders across the state of Indiana
  • have the opportunity to become a facilitator of professional development sponsored by the ICPBL members
  • serve on a one year review team for new certification participants

Core Propositions of PBL

1. Teachers and leaders are committed to student learning and performance
2. Teachers and leaders know the importance of and utilize PBL strategies and effectiveness in their classrooms
3. Teachers and leaders are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning
4. Teachers and leaders can benefit from being members of a larger network of PBL educators

Part I: Submitting the Application and Fees
Part II a: Certification Rubric
    Part II b: Certification Timeline
Part III: Submission Requirements and Examples
Part IV: Certification Renewal
Part V: Review Team Process, Assessing Your Portfolio & Portfolio Due Dates

Candidate Application and Eligibility Form (download as a Word document)

Download the complete guide to the ICPBL Certification process as a printable pdf.

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