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.


A photo of a firefighter activity.

Some of North Bay Met partners for LTI experiences:

  • ADJ Builders

  • Art Diaz Construction

  • Back to Golf

  • Green Dog Rescue 

  • Christopherson Builders

  • Grocery Outlet – Santa Rosa

  • Healdsburg Fire Department 

  • Lake Sonoma Fish Hatchery

  • Lisa Lombardi – Professional Horseback Riding Instructor 

  • Midas Muffler

  • Paladin Business Consulting

  • Peltz Physical Therapy

  • Redwood Empire Foodban

  • Santa Rosa Junior College – Shone Farm

  • Wikiup Veterinary

  • WUSD Technology and Food Service

A photo of an agriculture activity.