The New York Times creates an interesting feature in which they use the "news" as a basis for creating lesson plans for students. Here is there overall approach and strategy:
Here is a sample lesson on children's experiences of living with with their fathers or mothers after divorce.
In general this work is designed for teachers, but there are opportunities for young people to also contribute or take part in this work. The overall design of this work is nicely done and would be helpful to teachers. In general, there don't seem to be many examples that use behavioral or social science materials, but this probably reflects the fact that these topics do not easily fit most school curricula.
This model might be adapted by teachers and/or curriculum developers themselves to develop lessons from a wider variety of news and information sources.
Here are some examples on the topics of marriage and divorce.