A unique project-based learning model is being used to help transform education at a once-struggling alternative high school in Cottage Grove, Ore. The school's principal, Tom Horn, created a curriculum based on sustainability, with students divided into five cohorts -- agriculture, forestry, energy, architecture or water -- to complete projects that have benefits for the local community. The cohort model allows students to spend the school day with a single teacher, who has total autonomy for the day's schedule and can easily plan field trips and other experiences that deepen learning for students.

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