Eric Goldstein, a former history teacher at a Washington, D.C., charter school, began using student essays as primary-source material to help make classroom lessons in social studies and global education more relevant to their lives, writes Suzie Boss in a blog post. The project, which has grown to become a nonprofit group reaching about 1,000 students, uses writings from 12 "student ambassadors" each year to create middle- and high-school lessons that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

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