At Science Leadership Academy (SLA) in Philadelphia, students are learning about brain development in babies and toddlers by designing age-appropriate toys. This kind of project-based learning is at the core of everything that happens at SLA, and it seems to work. Science Leadership Academy is one of the city’s top-performing high schools.
John Merrow takes us inside SLA and its offspring, SLA@Beeber. There we meet Chris Lehmann, SLA’s founding principal and the creative force behind its innovative curriculum.
In Philadelphia, Principal Chris Lehmann has founded a school where kids learn by exploring real-life projects and teachers teach by asking questions.
An expert on education technology, Lehmann says putting a laptop in the hands of every student is a “game changer”, bringing the outside world into the classroom and changing the way that students and teachers interact.
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