Inspired by the genius professor from my alma mater, Sambo Mockbee, Emily Pilloton has taken a different route with Project H and Studio H. As high school educators, they are using design to make a difference in impoverished counties; teaching students to create for their OWN community. Their "Shop Class" cleverly integrates multiple disciplines into learning and challenges students' thinking through hands-on playful activities. This approach sounds similar to the principles of 21st Century Learning, something I've learned a lot about while exploring schools for our 4-year old. How wonderful that the same principles can be inspire all levels of education.
Check out their extraordinary work http://www.projecthdesign.org/