Susan Gonzalez and her fellow educators at West Contra Costa Unified School District in California explained
how they use 20% time to allow students to drive their own learning through projects of their choosing.
“Students worked on their passion projects during two 50-minute class periods weekly for a 12-week period. I created a website as a resource for students to brainstorm their essential questions, get inspiration from their peers’ projects, locate graphic organizers for the research, including links to videos to fuel inspiration, ask questions, and communicate with me via the site. Having a workspace and setting aside dedicated time each week were instrumental to our success.”