2019-20 PBL Fellowship

Applications for the 2019-20 PBL Fellowship are OPEN and due on November 15, 2019!
In order to apply, fill out an application form and share the link to the recommendation form with a supervisor.

Educator Application Form
Supervisor Recommendation Form

Join a cohort of dynamic and innovative teachers of grades K-12 to implement Project Based Learning (PBL) in your classroom. During a four month fellowship that includes a weekend field experience focused on the longleaf pine forest in eastern NC and training and mentorship in PBL by experienced educators, PBL Fellows will develop an issues-based case study (integrated thematic unit) that applies best practices of PBL to the standards that you teach. Throughout the spring 2020 spring semester, PBL Fellows will work closely with colleagues and mentors to bring a current North Carolina issue to life in their classrooms. We welcome applications from collaborators – grade level partners, outside of school collaborators, or other partners.

Schedule (all meetings are mandatory): PBL workshop
Dive in to PBL Workshop:
Saturday, February 1, 2020 (9 am – 4 pm)
At our kick-off workshop at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Fellows will get to know each other and explore the basics of Project Based Learning with experienced mentors. We will address expectations for the year and prepare for our field experience at the end of the month. Lunch and snacks are provided.

Land of the Longleaf Field Experience:
Friday-Sunday, February 28, 2020 (depart at 3:30 pm) – March 1, 2020 (return by 6 pm)
This immersive workshop led by Museum of Natural Sciences and Museum of History educators will provide a first-hand experience with science and social studies topics that will provide a basis for developing your PBL unit. We will explore the longleaf pine ecosystem, one of our most biologically diverse habitats and an important economic driver for our state. We’ll learn about a range of topics from harvesting pitch to carnivorous pitcher plants. Transportation from Raleigh, lodging near Southport, NC, and most meals are included.

Mentoring and Instructional Design Meetings:
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Over the course of the spring semester school year, Fellows will meet regularly to continue to learn and discuss PBL best practices and develop their case studies in grade-level teams. All meetings will be held in the evening from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, and will include visits to local schools that are practicing PBL. Dinner is included.

Culminating Event at the Museum:
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 5 – 9 pm
Fellows will have the opportunity to invite guests to a culminating event to share their work. Educators from the previous cohort will also be invited to provide current and former Fellows with the chance to share ideas and build connections. Dinner is included for all attendees.

Cost: $600 per teacher (Due upon acceptance into the program. Includes transportation, lodging and most meals for field experience, and resources and meals during other workshops and meetings.)


  • Applicants should plan to teach in grades K-12 during the 2019-20 school year.
  • We welcome applications from collaborators – grade level partners, outside of school collaborators, or other partners. Please submit one application per participant.

In order to be considered for selection, applicants must commit to attend ALL meetings.

Credits: Educators who participate fully in the PBL Fellows program are eligible to receive 3 CEUs plus an additional 1 CEU for publishing their work.

Questions? Email Melissa Dowland