Big Picture Learning believes that the deepest learning and strongest motivation result from authentic experiences. Experiences in the real world motivate profound learning for several reasons. First, the work has real consequences that matter to an audience beyond the student and teacher. Second, the resources for learning are limitless when students are not confined to one building and a pre-determined set of materials. Third, the student develops personal relationships with experts in the area of his or her interest. A personalized curriculum is built around these experiences.
Students are guided to identify their interests and search out professionals in the community to pursue those interests. Through informational interviews and shadow days, students explore the many opportunities though which they can pursue their goals. Learning Through Interest (LTI) experiences are established and students are given the opportunity to spend two days a week at a worksite with a mentor.
At the site, students develop a rigorous real-world project that they can work on with their mentor and back at school with their advisor. These projects become the foundation for the student’s learning plan and provide opportunities for the student to address the Met’s learning goals.
REAL SKILLS TRAINING, IN REAL WORKING ENVIRONMENTS, FOR REAL SUCCESS.
Some North Bay Met partners for LTI experiences:
Art Diaz Construction
Boys and Girls Club
Downtown Bakery & Creamery
Drive Rite Automotive
First Class Barbershop
Healdsburg Fire Department
Redwood Empire Food Bank
Santa Rosa Junior College – Shone Farm
The Body Shop
The Welding Shop
Town and Country Fencing
Town of Windsor Police Department
Town of Windsor Public Works Department
Town of Windsor Parks Department
VIP Equine Services
Windsor Bike and Sport
WUSD Technology and Food Service
WUSD WELL Program