PBLWorks Introduces Project Designer: An Interactive Online Tool that Gives Teachers a Shortcut to Creating Quality Project Based Learning Units

Includes a library of 72 Gold Standard projects, across subject areas and grade levels (K-12), that teachers can adapt for their students

Novato, CA (August 18, 2020) – PBLWorks, the leader in professional development for high-quality Project Based Learning (PBL), has created a first-of-its kind PBL Project Designer to help teachers plan standards-based PBL units for students. Teachers can build PBL projects from scratch or easily adapt one of 72 Gold Standard PBL units for their students and context.

The Project Designer walks teachers through each step of designing a project, providing tips for creating or adapting projects, instructional ideas, links to project resources, and modifications for online learning. Once complete, projects can be downloaded, printed, and immediately implemented with students.

“Project Based Learning is an incredible way to engage students and promote deeper learning and we want to provide as much support as we can to help teachers do it well, whether they are teaching in classrooms or remotely,” said PBLWorks CEO Bob Lenz. “The PBL Project Designer is a great resource for teachers – whether they’re experienced in PBL or just starting out – to help them confidently plan their next PBL unit.”

The 72 projects in its library are created for grades K-12 across multiple subject areas, tied to standards, and designed to easily adapt across grade levels. Each project provides a comprehensive Project Based Learning plan, including a project overview, milestone map, major instructional activities, and editable rubrics. Sample projects include “Waiting on the World to Change,” a Social Studies project in which students learn about the history of social movements and then organize their own actions, and “Chilling Out and Heating Up,” a science project in which students create design solutions that help people to survive in extreme temperatures.

The Project Designer is priced at a one-time fee of $39.99 per user, to be accessible and affordable to the vast majority of teachers.

For more information about the PBL Project Designer, visit

About PBLWorks

PBLWorks (the brand name of the Buck Institute for Education) believes that all students – no matter where they live or what their background – should have access to quality Project Based Learning to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. Our focus is on building the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning, and on supporting school and system leaders in creating the conditions for these teachers to succeed with all students. For more information, visit

About My.PBLWorks

The Project Designer is hosted on, the online learning platform for PBLWorks.  Over 150,000 educators have signed up to access the resources, courses, and project samples on this platform.

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