Big Picture High Schools Put Students in Charge
Ever wondered what it would be like if students designed their own learning plan and set their own goals?
Have you heard of Big Picture Schools? These are schools in which students design their own learning plan and set their own goals with the help of parents and mentors. They emphasize work in the real world, portfolios, oral presentations and intense relationships between students and advisors. The teachers are called advisors. Currently there are 7500 students in 16 states that are attending these schools. Administrators of these schools have contributed the success and high graduation rate to personalization of student learning. Elizabeth Schneider, vice president of state relations for the nonprofit Alliance for Excellent Education says “tapping into what is relevant, interesting and engaging to the student” is the key.
One student says, "It makes learning more real. I can see how this is preparing us for the real world."
It was reported that 80 percent of students who dropped out of high school would have remained in school if they were provided with real-world learning opportunities.
To learn more about Big Picture Schools go to http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2008/11/15/nh_eduators_found_ny_school_for_at_risk_students/
Thanks to our Assistant Director of Curriculum, Amaal Awadalla, for sharing this post.