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2020 3-Day Summer Workshops

COVID-19 Virus Update

The POGIL Project is still planning to hold its 3-day summer workshops and Writers Retreat as scheduled.  The POGIL Project will rely on government (federal, state, local) to provide us with an indication that travel to a particular location is strongly discouraged or not allowed. We will also rely on the institutions that are involved to provide us with information (through the Institutional Coordinators) that the institution is not open or will not take visitors. Those are the only circumstances under which we would cancel a workshop and refund your registration fee. We are continuing to monitor developments related to the coronavirus disease. Any changes to our meetings will be communicated immediately to all registered attendees and facilitators and posted on The Project website. If the evolving situation affects your attendance plans, please contact us immediately. With that being said, we are making alterations to our POGIL cancellation policy so that there will be no penalty for cancelling your attendance before April 30.  In late April we will be re-evaluating the situation; at that time we will make a decision about whether to maintain this no-penalty policy or return to our standard cancellation policy (provided that the meeting takes place).Please contact the National Office if you have any questions or concerns. And, for the most up-to-date information regarding the virus and travel advisories, please refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, the U.S. Department of State, and the World Health Organization.

Learn about POGIL's philosophy and methodology at one of our 3-Day Summer Workshops.  Find out how POGIL can help restructure your classroom environment and enhance student learning.

Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA
July 7-9
(Coordinator: Ellen Harpel)
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN
July 8-10
(Coordinator: Julie Boldizar)
Washington Univ. in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
July 14-16
(Coordinator: Julie Boldizar)
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA
July 27-29
(Coordinator: Ellen Harpel)
The workshop fee is $475 which includes registration, materials, three lunches, and two dinners.  On-campus housing for two nights is available for an additional $199 and includes two breakfasts. Two quarter graduate credits (equivalent to 1.34 semester credits) will also be available through Seattle Pacific University for an additonal fee of approximately $110.  For additional information, contact Julie Boldizar or julie.boldizar@pogil.org or Ellen Harpel at ellen.harpel@pogil.org.

Focus on one of three tracks

Summer workshops are designed for both those who are new to POGIL and those who have previously attended a POGIL workshop.

On the first day of the workshop, those who are new to POGIL will attend a Fundamentals of POGIL session while those participants who have previously attended a POGIL workshop should attend their choice of two sessions of universal application. The start of the second day will expose all participants to POGIL activity structure and facilitation in a POGIL classroom. For the remainder of the workshop, participants will follow a series of sessions focused on their chosen area of interest - Activity Writing, Classroom Facilitation or POGIL Labs.  Visit this page for more information on each of the tracks.  If you're still not sure which track is right for you, contact Marcy Dubroff at marcy.dubroff@pogil.org.

Activity Writing

  • This track is designed for experienced POGIL practitioners who have been to a 3-day workshop and who want to have a go at writing their own activities.
  • Sessions expand on key elements of writing a POGIL activity -- writing questions that following the learning cycle; developing robust models; incorporating process skills into questions; using POGIL Project rubrics to review and refine your activity.
  • Writing coaches give feedback as you develop your ideas and begin to write/refine your own activity.

Classroom Facilitation

  • This track is designed for those with limited or no POGIL workshop experience. 
  • Sessions provide many strategies to improve your classroom facilitation skills—gather creative reporting out ideas; increase student engagement; help students fulfill their roles.
  • Several opportunities to participate in and observe the recreation of a POGIL classroom are included in these sessions.
  • Participants debrief each classroom simulation, gaining new insights and new strategies to try in their own classroom.



  • This track is designed to increase the collaborative nature of your laboratory course; to build an effective strategy for facilitating and implementing guided inquiry experiments; and to develop experiments that require students to engage in scientific discourse with the data they college.
  • Participants conduct a POGIL experiment from the student’s perspective, learn about facilitating and implementing POGIL experiments in their courses, and write their own laboratory activity following a proven method for successful experiment development.
  • Participants identify the benefits and challenges of using guided inquiry for teaching laboratory classes.
  • Experienced POGIL laboratory instructors guide participants as they begin to write/refine their own laboratory activities.
  • Attending with colleagues or finding collaborators at the workshop is encouraged!


Scholarship Opportunity

A limited number of scholarships are available to rural high school STEM teachers from the States of Washingto, Idaho and Oregon. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on meeting eligibility criteria and demonstrating a commitment to student-centered learning. For details on this scholarship opportunity and how to apply, please click on the following link: Scholarship Application