With student priorities and educational standards constantly evolving, it’s critical educators are given the training and tools they need to keep up. Defined Academy tailors project based learning to your district’s professional development needs so instructors can complete continuing education hours while expanding their curriculums.
Depending on an instructor’s experience with project based learning, there are three stepping stones to the Defined Academy learning experience:
Educators dive into the basics and applications of PBL, as well as its purpose, design, and implementation.
Educators receive guided coaching to refine their practices in one-on-one as well as group settings.
Educators show their expertise by completing micro-credential activities which count towards district certification hours.
50% of teachers leave the profession within five years because they lack support.
Teacher leadership is second only to instruction among school-related factors that improve student achievement.
Professional development makes education more relevant and engaging for students.
Why Choose Defined Academy?
Teachers need support and resources just as much as their students do. When teachers are given the opportunity to strengthen their own learning and understanding, those benefits immediately translate to the classroom.
With Defined Academy, educators explore their personal specialties alongside district requirements. It’s the ideal way to combine educational creativity and government standards.
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:
David Reese, Ed. D.
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.
John Larmer has spent over two decades providing PBL expertise and leadership. He co-developed the model for Gold Standard PBL and is the author of several books on PBL. As a Senior PBL Advisor at Defined, John helps build professional learning courses on gold-standard PBL.
Rob Underwood serves as VP of Professional Learning Partnerships at Defined. Prior to Defined, Rob served as an educational leadership executive at Apple Inc. and Discovery Education and as an assistant superintendent of schools in Texas.
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.