Part of a push in Montgomery County, Md., to prepare students for life after high school includes the adoption of project-based instruction at Wheaton High School. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr says the program could expand to other high schools if it proves successful. The initiative -- which includes a redefined role for the classroom teacher as a project leader or facilitator -- is being used in math, science and engineering classes, but it will include English, reading and social studies when the school's new building opens.

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