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Whitfield Career Academy And North Whitfield Middle School

Grades 6-8 | Dalton, GA

Adapting Project-Based Learning in Rural Georgia

In their second year of shifting to High Tech High-style project-based learning, two Whitfield County Schools share their advice, and lessons they've learned through their efforts.
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What This School Is Achieving


Five middle schools and one high school in the Whitfield County, Georgia school district are in their second year of a transition to project-based learning. Their model is High Tech High, a San Diego charter school renowned for its hands-on student projects that have real-world impact.

Whitfield educators have taken big risks, tried things that failed, and then improved their work based on those mistakes. They're still learning. Yet they've also succeeded in making a huge transition in a short time.

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

You can find that piece here:

Here's the description: Whitfield Career Academy's 21st Century Learning Academy adapted these forty questions from High Tech High to help students reflect on their work during projects -- backward, inward, outward, and forward. Learn more about how Whitfield County Schools shifted to PBL and explore advice from educators in "Adapting Project-Based Learning in Rural Georgia."

I'm not sure about the author but I sent your question along to someone on the Edutopia staff who will be able to help.

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I'm searching for an answer to your question. To clarify, do you need it for a citation or something else? That will help me get the right information to you.

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