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Norton High School Selected to Participate in 2022 PBL Massachusetts School Leader Network

Two-year professional development program from PBLWorks convenes a state-wide network of school leaders focused on supporting high-quality Project Based Learning

PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for Project Based Learning (PBL), has selected Norton High School to participate in its 2022 PBL Massachusetts School Leader Network. This two-year professional development program, which commenced this month provides intensive professional development and support to help participants create the ideal conditions for implementing high-quality PBL at their schools and making it self-sustaining at their organizations.

Generous financial support for the PBL School Leader Network is being provided by the One8 Foundation whose mission focuses on helping schools and teachers prepare students for success, focusing on STEM and 21st century skills and applied learning opportunities.

Norton High School participants include: Teachers, administrators and one of our district technology coaches.

This work is being supported by the PBL District Champion, Assistant Superintendent Jennifer O'Neill

Principal Ethan Dolleman stated, "This is a very exciting opportunity for Norton High School. As we continue to implement the Portrait of a Norton Graduate and think about instruction and assessment, Project Based Learning presents a way to unify those priorities. We look forward to having dozens of teachers take part in the PBL 101 training over the next two years. We then envision teachers leading the learning by modeling their units and facilitating PBL Workshops for colleagues at Norton High School and across the district."

PBLWorks' PBL School Leader Networks, which are taking place in Massachusetts and California, offer a blend of face-to-face and online workshops, personal online coaching for each school, and deep collaboration with a peer network of fellow local PBL leaders. Leadership teams from across Massachusetts are selected to participate in each PBL School Leader Network.

PBLWorks created the PBL School Leadership Networks after achieving great success with a similar initiative in Hawaii. Evaluated by McREL International, a not-for-profit education research organization, the program demonstrated the power of a network of school leaders to create larger regional change through shared learning, mutual accountability, and site visits that build and sustain the PBL work.

"Our PBL School Leader Networks are one-of-a-kind opportunities for school leaders to receive best-in-class training and support to lead the PBL work at their schools. They will also become part of an invaluable community of like-minded peers they can collaborate with for years to come," said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks. "Norton has shown an incredible passion for, and commitment to, Project Based Learning and we are looking forward to having their leadership team participate in our 2021 School Leader Network."

For more information about the PBL School Leader Networks, 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 the One8 Foundation

The One8 Foundation propels and supports outstanding leaders with compelling ideas that deliver scaled, sustainable social impact. The One8 education team identifies, supports and scales high impact programs and approaches that help schools and teachers prepare students for success in a rapidly changing, high tech world. One8 education focuses on applied learning opportunities, oriented around STEM and 21st century skills, that make learning relevant, stimulating and rewarding for students while amplifying understanding and interest. Learn more at