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Project-based learning — kids get skills, employers get skilled workers

To cheer myself up during standardized testing month for my public school kids, I chatted recently with folks in the “project-based learning” arena of education.

One way to understand “project-based learning” is that it is the next evolution of what used to be known as “vocational” school training. It means businesspeople working hard to introduce practical business skills into a high school curriculum.

It also means high schools creating practical projects that teach students how to succeed professionally with marketable skills — after they’re done filling out bubble sheets with No. 2 pencils.

At Energy Institute High School — a magnet high school in Houston ISD that opened in 2012 — project-based learning means purposefully building workforce skills that could support the city’s oil and gas industry.

Source: San Antonio Express-News By: Michael Taylor

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