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Lab 2024

June 24-28

Burlington, Vermont

Making Things We Care About

Join us at Project Design Lab 

  • Refuel your creativity and strengthen your teaching practice.

  • Design a creative project to improve the well-being of your classroom and school community.

  • Learn alongside colleagues, master teaching artists, and acclaimed Guest Artists.

  • Rejuvenate and have fun!

PDL projects use creative engagement  making things we care about   to improve your classroom's culture of empathy, respect and belongingactivate student creativity, and inspire deep engagement in learning. 

Four courses to choose from for PreK-12 educators, including classroom teachers, special educators, curriculum directors, principals, counselors, and any educator that wants to improve the well-being of their school community.


Earn three graduate credits or 40 hours of relicensing credits. Attend solo or as a team from your school or district.

What Educators Say
This is energizing my curriculum for next year, and into the years to come!
  – Dorcey Hogg, Georgia Elementary School
PDL Courses
2024 Courses

The Art Room INsideOUT


For PreK-12 Visual Art Teachers

Refuel your passion for art-making, collaborate with fellow art teachers, capitalize on and strengthen the ways the art room can be an oasis for regulation and well-being, delve into the importance of art exhibits, and create a project plan for ways to share student work with your wider community.  



Judy Klima, Course Leader

Embracing AI in the Classroom

How do we decide what counts as our own creativity?

For Middle and High School Educators

Create a project plan to use AI in your classroom to strengthen your students' personal voice and creative thinking skills, and develop ways to adapt to the new reality of AI in learning.


Future Glitch

Thriving Communities Projects

How do I know when I belong?

For PreK-12 Educators

Thriving Communities Projects help people come to know each other, build trust and respect, foster a sense of belonging, and change our collective story.


These projects require a team of at least three educators and a teaching artist residency.


Building the Classroom Community

Where does "Me" end and "We" begin?

For PreK-5 and Middle/High School Educators

Create a project plan that incorprates theater- and/or puppetry-based techniques to strengthen each student's voice and your classroom's culture of collaboration, respect and empathy.


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What Parents Say
It ignited a spark in my son that I had not seen – an excitement to learn that I hope he can keep experiencing. 
  PDL Project Evaluation
Guest Artists


Roy Wooten & Tracy Silverman


No Strings Marionette Company

Barbara Paulson & Dan Baginski


Interactive workshops with these master artists will activate our creativity and inspire our project design work. 


Tracy Silverman, the world's pre-eminent electric violinist, and Roy (Futureman) Wooten, the five-time GRAMMY-winning percussionist from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, create genre-bending performances that synthesize classical, rock, jazz and world music.

Roy and Tracy will join the PDL for a workshop exploring their creative process to inspire your project designs.

LEARN MORE about Roy and Tracy's artistry, how we will work together at the PDL, and how they can visit your school next year to support your PDL project. 

“Inspiring. Silverman is in a class of his own.”


No Strings Marionette Company

Puppeteers Barbara Paulson and Dan Baginski invite us into a process of discovery that strengthens our personal voice and agency while building a culture of collaboration, empathy and respect. 

Barbara and Dan will join the PDL on Monday for a hands-on workshop to activate our creativity and imagination in preparation for begining your project design work.

LEARN MORE about Barbara and Dan's artistry, how we will work together at the PDL, and how Barbara's in-school puppet residencies can support your PDL project.

What Students Say
I found out I can be self-directed.
     - 6th Grader / PDL Project Evaluation

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


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. 

Attend Solo or as a Team

You can attend solo or with a team from your school or district.


Teams 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.


Teams may include educators from different schools in the district if you want to design a multi-school project 

Teaching Artist Residency

Teaching artist residencies are optional for Embracing AI in the Classroom, Building the Classroom Community, and The Art Room INsideOUT. If you would like information on selecting and scheduling a teaching artist to co-lead with you the implementation of your project, please complete the PDL Questions Form and we'll be in touch.

Thriving Communities Projects require a teaching artist residency. LEAN MORE


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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