President Barack Obama lauded Manor New Technology High School last month, holding it up as a model for others to emulate. The Texas school doesn’t use textbooks. It doesn’t offer Advanced Placement classes, either. Instead, it relies 100 percent on project-based learning. Rather than tacking a group project onto the end of a unit, this approach introduces a project at the beginning and uses it to drive the unit. Students at Manor New Tech complete 65 projects each year, capping each off with a public presentation. The projects are aligned with state standards and tap into the local business community, said Steve Zipkes, the school’s founding principal, at the 2013 U.S. News STEM Solutions conference last week.
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