Big Picture Schooling: An Unconventional Spin On Education
Big Picture schools allow students to set a curriculum based on their interests, and spend two days a week interning.
Isaiah Brown, a freshman at Francis Perkins Academy shares with us his experiences at an innovative Big Picture School, where students are able to get real-world experience as part of their high school education.
In 1995, Dennis Littkey and Elliot Washor combined their thirty years of experience as high school teachers and principals to found an innovative new educational movement named Big Picture Learning.
Big Picture Learning students follow the philosophy of learning through real life experience and a curriculum is built around the student’s interests. This manifests itself in an internship students attend for 6 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of in-class learning. When the internships are found and secured each student receive a mentor who will help the student learn and complete the LTI (Learning through internships) project, a showcase of the things they have learned.