project-based learning

5:30pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Education

Stanford researchers find teaching technique that closes achievement gap in schools

Diane Friedlander is the lead researcher on a recent Stanford study about student-centered learning.

Researchers from the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education spent the last year and a half studying four Bay Area high schools that are using student-centered learning. Their report was released last month, and found the schools outperforming their district counterparts in test scores and graduation rates.

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3:06pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Education

Project-based learning gets kids back on track

Students from Downtown High School

Nearly a dozen teenagers are scattered in small groups across a large classroom at Downtown High School in San Francisco. Some strum on guitars. Others hold hand-written lyric sheets.

This isn’t just a music class. The students are all writing songs inspired by the novel, If He Hollers, Let Him Go by Chester Himes, which deals with class, race and politics in the 1940s.

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