Schools incubated within the Consortium are guided by a set of design priorities informed by Big Picture Learning’s “distinguishers” and refined in collaboration with the Consortium’s national advisors, including founders and senior leadership from High Tech High, EdVisions, the North Carolina New Schools, and the founder/director of Fenway High School and Boston Arts Academy.
These distinguishers prioritize engagement as the strongest leverage for lasting academic gains and development of important meta-cognitive variables (e.g. positive self-concept, realistic self-appraisal, leadership experience, preference for long-term goals, etc.). Consortium-incubated schools strive to make learning equitable, personal, real, and lasting. (Text says something like “Continue to learn more about these distinguishers.”)
Consortium-incubated schools have a mission to serve low-income students and communities. Viable pathways exist for students whose credit deficiencies would deter participation in a traditional school, and innovative approaches to truancy and discipline (e.g., restorative justice) are components of a tenacious approach to retaining and serving struggling students.