Type 2015
Amount 2,000,000 USD
Notes PROVIDENCE, RI -- For over 20 years, Big Picture Learning (BPL) has been devoted to putting students at the center of their own learning. In that time, over 200 schools in the United States and across the world have adopted BPL’s key distinguishers, which allow students to flourish as individuals within a community of learners. We at Big Picture Learning have always known that inasmuch as schools can improve the quality of students’ experiences in their own buildings and communities, larger systemic issues are also present that limit students’ abilities to thrive. Big Picture Learning and College Unbound, in partnership, welcome the ECMC Foundation’s support of our efforts to address three of those systemic issues: technology and professional development, college access and retention, and educational equity. In total, the ECMC Foundation has pledged to support Big Picture Learning and College Unbound’s efforts to combat these systemic issues, through over $2 million in grant funds over the next two years. Specifically, ECMC Foundation’s support will leverage the success of the following initiatives: Big Picture Learning’s Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship aims to develop, strengthen, and sustain the next generation of diverse and exceptional leaders in the field of educational equity. These leaders will influence the policies and practices that expand access to deeper learning in public education across the country.i A core component of BPL’s design is the provision of real-world situated learning driven by student interests and internships. BPL’s teacher learning technology platform, Imblaze, (in collaboration with Echo TS) will assist schools in their efforts to engage their local community in student learning, while simultaneously providing educators with instrumental professional development.