Project-Based Success in “Most Likely to Succeed”

October 19th, 2015

Category: Partnerships, Student-Centered Learning

About 20 years ago, I was teaching in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and met Larry Rosenstock, a really creative vocational education teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school.

Larry saw the power in letting kids drive their own learning process by developing large-scale projects, to which they could apply what they had learned in class. Larry went on to create a great charter school out in San Diego called High Tech High.

About a decade ago, Rodel sponsored a trip with Delaware educators to go see the school in action. More recently, a documentary called “Most Likely to Succeed” has come out about High Tech High, and how it can offer lessons for all schools.

I haven’t seen the film yet, but I appreciated David Brooks’ take on it for the New York Times. The approach at High Tech High–emphasizing the relational skills like collaboration, perseverance, and innovation–is something the Vision Coalition of Delaware hopes to see more of in our schools in the years ahead.

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