The walls are covered with products and classrooms are buzzing with voices and sounds of collaboration. Students are working on integrated projects tied to passions, interests and real-world causes. This is a common scene found in most classrooms in Albemarle County Public Schools, located at the base of Shenandoah National Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Projects at The Met are connected to individual student goals, and each project includes specific skills students need to address. How does it work, exactly? Students are grouped in small cohorts (or essentially small communities), each with a bonding name like Unity or Liberty. Cohorts collaborate to tackle problems, support each other, and collaborate on projects.

By: Jonathan Rochelle, Katherine Prince and Tom Vander Ark. One thing we know for sure--tomorrow will be more complex than today. We've entered a new era that's driven by artificial intelligence and education must adapt. Our students deserve a new set of learning priorities (not just more added to a crowded set of learning objectives).

Through high quality Project Based Learning, students are developing robust and deep subject knowledge that is both cross-curricular in nature and can easily be applied to real-world problems and challenges.

In some districts, big schools mean some young people, especially those that haven't been well served or supported, to feel disconnected and fall through the cracks. Superintendent Kirt Hartzler explains that Union High School bucks the trend with a commitment to 100% graduation and college and career readiness for all students.

DOWNLOAD THE THRIVE CASE STUDY Many educators are finding that high quality Project Based Learning (HQPBL) successfully transcends backgrounds, languages and students' past experiences. For a school that draws a diverse student body from across 45 very different zip codes, the approach could be characterized as the glue that holds its culture and curricula together. PBL provides an opportunity for the students of Thrive Public Schools to work on authentic, real-world challenges--the kind that equip them with a practical skill set to tackle the kinds of obstacles higher education, and later, their professional lives, may very well present. (The schools, ...

At SXSW EDU last week we hosted a meetup to discuss the implications of artificial intelligence on education. Thought leaders and forward thinkers discussed what's happening, what it means and how we can prepare.

A few minutes south of the vineyards in Napa is the community of American Canyon where Napa Junction Elementary serves a diverse group of K-5 learners--about two-thirds are Latino, new to English and living in or near poverty.

Al4ALL is a new Oakland nonprofit that is introducing artificial intelligence to high school students --and, more specifically -- girls. The goal is to help high school students learn to use AI for good and to increase diversity and inclusion in computer science. In this new podcast episode, Tom talk with Executive Director Tess Posner.

A new book outlines what venture capital investor Ted Dintersmith found on a nation-wide tour promoting readiness for the innovation economy.


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