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Teamwork, which is a major component of project-based learning, is what Decatur school employees learned in the first hour of training. Ridgeway and Parks asked them to participate in discussions about several issues at their school.

Administrators and teachers from Chestnut Grove Elementary talked about how best to implement the program. They concluded it’s a significant change and was important to explain the change to students.

“They were discussing real-life issues before reaching an answer,” Payne said. “This is what we want our students to do.”

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