School district adopts new teaching model geared toward high tech workforce

CHERRY VALLEY, AR (KAIT) - A local school district is one of the first educational systems in Arkansas to adopt a new teaching model designed to better equip students with the skills needed for today's high tech workforce.

Cross County High School in the Cross County school district now uses a project-based learning method to educate its students. Eleventh grader Danielle Andrews said she can see a difference in lesson plans. "(It's) more focused on us and our futures instead of the past," she said.

The project-based learning model incorporates technology and group work simulate a post-education environment. "You always have that one person who doesn't want to do anything in the group but it's the same way in life. At work you have that person that doesn't want to do anything, but you still have to get it done," Andrews said.