The PBL Collaborative
The PBL Collaborative
A paid fellowship that trains teachers to develop and run project-based learning experiences

The PBL Collaborative

A paid fellowship that trains teachers to develop and run project-based learning experiences

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The Gathering Place is proud to introduce San Antonio's first citywide Project-Based Learning (PBL) Collaborative. Twenty teachers will be selected this summer to come together monthly for an entire year to learn how to create and run high-quality, real-world projects with their students. The Collaborative will be a space for teachers to brainstorm together, provide feedback and support to each other, and ultimately showcase their work (and their students’ work!) at a public community showcase. Teacher applications and further details will be available on this site in May.


The Problem

Students learn best when they’re engaged with meaningful, real-world work, an approach known as project-based learning (PBL). Students in classrooms that regularly use PBL consistently outperform their peers in traditional classes, report much higher levels of engagement, and learn information more deeply and for longer periods of time. While PBL is a highly effective approach to teaching, it also requires specialized training and ongoing support that is not available in San Antonio.

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Our Solution

The Project-Based Learning (PBL) Collaborative is a place where teachers come to learn the fundamentals of PBL, brainstorm project ideas together, create projects that they run with their students, get and give feedback along the way, and ultimately showcase their work with their students to a public audience in San Antonio.


How It Works


 Are You an Interested Teacher?

To apply for a spot in the 19 - 20 PBL collaborative teacher residency, fill out the application below. The registration window is from April 22nd through June 21st.

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The PBL Collaborative is open to any PK-12 public school teacher that will be teaching in San Antonio during the 19-20 school year. During the collaborative, teachers will:

  • engage in a day-long deep dive where they will experience PBL as learners in September;

  • participate in one-a-month two hour after-school collaborative sessions where they will create their own full projects they then run with their students,

  • and ultimately showcase their (and their students!) work in a large, end-of-year public showcase.

To support teachers with materials and compensate them for their time each teacher will receive a $600 stipend. Registration opens today and will remain open until June 21st at 5pm.

Teachers do not need any prior experience running projects in their classroom and we encourage any and all teachers to apply. If you know teachers that you believe would be interested in this fellowship we hope you will forward this information to them.

It is required to be present at all sessions, the dates are as follows:

Session 1 (immersive project slice): Saturday, Sept 7th (9am - 4pm)

  • Session 2: Tuesday, Oct 1 5:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Session 3: Tuesday, Nov 5 5:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Session 4: Tuesday, Dec 3 5:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Session 5: Tuesday, Jan 7 5:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Session 6: Tuesday, Feb 4 5:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Session 7: Tuesday, Mar 3 5:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Session 8: Tuesday, Apr 7 5:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Session 9 (exhibition): Tuesday, May 5 5:30pm - 7:30pm

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out:

Registration for the 19 - 20 PBL Collaborative has Closed


Special Thanks to our Partners 

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