Westwood Cyber High School, which caters to dropouts or potential dropouts, is one of a handful of Michigan schools in which all students learn online. But what makes the school unique is its emphasis on what educators call project-based learning, reports the Detroit Free Press—and many are watching this year-old online school to see if it offers a new model for reaching students in danger of dropping out. At this school, students—called researchers—learn by doing projects, but it's no cakewalk. These projects must be sophisticated enough to show students have learned the same concepts students in traditional classes learn. In...

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