This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like (KQED)

  Luba Vangelova of KQED News writes about The Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, MA: The 2010 pilot involved eight students — sophomores, juniors and seniors — chosen on the basis of written applications and interviews. “The idea was that it was for students who could manage their time…

Should High School Students Have to ‘Defend’ Their Diploma Like a PhD? (Hechinger Report)

  Brenda Iasevoli of The Hechinger Report profiles Los Angeles High School of the Arts, which is in its second year of having its seniors defend their portfolios. She places the profile against the larger backdrop of alternate measures of student—and school—performance: Portfolio assessments like this one, which look a lot like doctoral dissertation defenses,…

Personalized PBL: Student-Designed Learning (Edutopia)

Andrew Miller of Edutopia writes about the importance of engagement on student leaning and “moving past ‘course-based’ PBL”: Due to the antiquated restraints of the education system, most educators are forced to implement PBL in a “course-based” manner. This means that the project occurs within the traditional discipline structures, where there may be integration, but…