As schools prepare to implement the Common Core State Standards, Lydia Dobyns, president of the nonprofit New Tech Network, offers some suggestions for helping teachers to turn the standards into engaging instruction. She points to Josh Hatala, a Rensselaer, N.Y., high-school social studies and language arts teacher, who used project-based learning on an American history assignment to encourage students to think critically, remain engaged, and improve collaboration and information literacy skills that are part of the common core.

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