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A Culture of Creative & Deeper Learning

Project Design Lab / June 24-28

Burlington, Vermont

CABOT SCHOOL Maker Science: Interactive sound sculpture and visual art piece that informs and prompts thinking on income inequality. 

Project-Based Learning is about culture building – infusing creativity in the classroom – learning by doing – making things we care about.

This course explores how arts-infused PBL can strengthen student voice and agency, inspire deeper learning, and build a classroom culture of creativity and collaboration.

Through hands-on workshops with expert PBL educators and master teaching artists we will model the building blocks of a great project together. 

You will leave with a project plan ready to launch. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Classroom teachers in all grades and content areas

  • Attend solo or with your teaching team

What Educators Say

I feel more empowered to employ creative techniques and strategies when engaging my students in new learning.

 – Erin Robillard, Browns River Middle School

What To Expect

  • Hands-on, highly interactive, and fun!

  • Re-imagine your practice to be steeped in creativity and innovation.

  • Develop a practical foundation in PBL theory and practice.

  • Investigate ways to develop thematic, interdisciplinary learning experiences to ensure authentic engagement, sustained inquiry, and deeper learning.

  • Find inspiration through exploring highly effective, field-tested arts-infused projects.

  • Build your PBL toolkit of a wide-range of instructional practices to support student creativity, engagement and sustained inquiry.

  • Feel confident in using thematic, interdisciplinary projects to foster a culture of creativity and deeper learning in your classroom.

  • Explore, apply and adapt artistic practices and products to design project-based curriculum.

  • Work side-by-side with award winning faculty and master teaching artists as you design your project. 

  • Leave with a project plan ready to launch.

Workshop Themes

  • Leveraging the power of student voice and choice to strengthen individual and classroom well-being.

  • A Culture of Creative Work: Support students to create authentic, relevant products fueled by personalization and informed by social action.

  • Map & Manage: From project launch to final exhibition, learn how to design and manage high quality project-based learning experiences. 

  • The Power Trio: Artifacts, Experiences & Checkpoints. Use backwards design to drive your arts-infused project design.

Meet the Facilitators

Brian Boyes, Course Leader

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The Details
2024 Project Design Lab

June 24-28 / 9:00am - 4:00pm

University of Vermont / Burlington


  • $2,000 - Three graduate credits

  • $1,790 - Certificate of Participation for 40 hours relicensing credits


$100 later registration fee after June 1. 


Tuition includes a private air-conditioned dorm room with centrally located private bath at the University of Vermont, plus breakfast and lunch. Everyone is on their own for dinner in Burlington. Lodging is optional.

Tuition Assistance

We have a limited amount of tuition assistance available for educators whose school district does not provide full tuition support.

If you school district does not provide professional development tuition support for the full Project Design Lab tuition, or if your part-time status does not qualify you for full tuition support, please complete the Tuition Assistance Form and we will be in touch soon.

Attend Solo or as a Team

You can attend solo or with a team from your schoolTeams can be composed of educators (classroom teachers, councilors, paras, special educators, staff, administrators) and can be from the same grades and content areas, or mixed.

Teaching Artist Residency - OPTIONAL

CEL Teaching Artists are available for school residencies to support implementing your project. If you would like information on how to schedule a residency, complete the PDL Questions Form and we'll get right back to you. 


Visit the PDL FAQ page for answers to questions about team participation, tuition & fees, lodging & meals, daily schedule, teaching artist selection (optional), and more.

Project Snapshots

See examples of previous projects created at the Project Design Lab here


Complete the PDL Questions Form and we'll be back in touch soon.

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We invite you to let us know about specific accommodations you may need to participate in the Project Design Lab when completing your Registration Form, and we will make every effort to honor your request. 

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