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Defined Academy

Professional Learning to Support Outstanding PBL

Defined Academy offers districts and schools a variety of online and in-person professional learning services to help educators get started and go further with Project-Based Learning (PBL), Defined Learning, and Defined Careers. Our expert team will work with you to develop a customized professional learning program tailored to your goals and needs.

Whether you are new to PBL or looking to advance your practice, we have a path just for you.

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Don't Miss Our PBL Leadership Workshop April 23rd-25th!

The Defined Academy Training Center is offering a 3-day in-person HQPBL Leadership Workshop from April 23rd-25th, 2024. This workshop is CLOSED for registration.

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How to improve teachers' capacity to lead PBL

High-quality professional learning is essential for implementing PBL successfully. By following the proven best practices described here, school systems can effectively deliver professional learning that transforms teaching and learning.

This white paper explores what high-quality professional learning looks like and how Defined helps school systems apply it to PBL to ensure success. View White Paper >


Our Expert Team

Defined's thought leaders create high-quality professional learning opportunities to increase educators' knowledge and skills to support all students in their learning. Meet our leaders:

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Jay McTighe is a nationally recognized educator and award-winning author of the best-selling Understanding by Design (UbD) series. Defined offers an online course led by Jay that provides educators with a deeper understanding of PBL and performance tasks. 

David Reese


David Reese serves as Chief Academic Officer for Defined. David has served K-12 students as a science teacher, Curriculum Specialist, and School System Administrator. Dave leads Defined in supporting educators with professional learning that helps them get started and go further with PBL. 

Rob Underwood


Rob Underwood is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of experience in the education and technology industries. Formerly a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent, Rob now serves as the VP of Professional Learning Partnerships at Defined where he works with leaders from across the globe on impacting teaching and learning.


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The Learning Never Ends

Despite what your students may think, teachers don’t know everything. The key to inspire deeper learning is to pass on the skills of hands-on self-education. When instructor skills and understanding grow, student skills and understanding grow as well. The connections are clear. Supporting educators is vital to a healthy learning environment.

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