Curriculum

Designed to unleash your passion for helping students soar

Pro-teacher

Our curriculum is designed with teachers in mind. Our lessons and resources offer just the right amount of structure and freedom, so you can do what you love.


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    Turn-key and simple to use

    Lessons, videos, handouts, rubrics, community letters and checklists are just a few of the resources you receive as a BIP Educator. We give you everything you could possibly need so your time can be spent on what’s most important: teaching.
    Check out Lesson 5 »

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    Common Core aligned

    For easy planning, all lessons are aligned with Big Idea Project objectives, Common Core standards and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies.
    See our full list of lesson standards »

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    Customizable for your classroom

    Whether you teach rhetoric, marketing or social studies, Big Idea Project can be customized to fit your content. As long as you follow the Standards for Competition, you can customize to your heart’s content.
    Read the Standards for Competition »

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    Measurable

    Big Idea Project has a robust evaluation plan that includes measuring student growth in attitude, knowledge and behavior. Pre- and post-surveys provide specific metrics regarding empathy, self-efficacy and knowledge of skills.
    We'd like to share some of our key outcomes »

“The Big Idea Project gave my students self-confidence by helping them realize that they can have an impact on the world around them. Watching them overcome roadblocks and present their projects to the community brought me great pride as a teacher.”Alfredo Rodriguez, BIP Educator

Project Timeline


How much time you choose to give students in class to work on their projects can vary, as can the amount of time you spend on delivering the 10 lessons.

For a better idea of the project process, here’s a typical timeline:

Including business professionals

The project intentionally links educators with businesses. When business professionals are invited into the classroom and involved in your lessons, it is easier to move students from knowing to doing.

When education and business link arms, everyone wins. Especially teachers. You develop professionally, benefit from different perspectives, increase creativity, and most importantly, build a professional network so you don’t have to go it alone.

Project requriements

BIP is so successful because of the excellence and passion of our teachers. We believe teachers are the key to the transformation of students, schools and communities. This is why these requirements exist.

BIP educators commit to:

  • Recruiting and leading business mentors
  • Running their school’s competition
  • Building relationships with local businesses to raise their school’s scholarship (optional)

We have all the resources you need and have even forged some business relationships for you.

Teacher in clasrrom

Curriculum and Program FAQs

The Big Idea Project is a semester-long experience. Allowing students to start their projects earlier is not allowed according to our Standards to Compete.
Quarter calendars need to allow for the same students to meet together for two consecutive quarters. Trimester schools are allowed to introduce BIP to students a few weeks early. Introducing the initial lessons to students in an after-school setting is an option as long as you do not give students more than a total of 20 weeks total of BIP from start to finish.
Big Idea Project is only implemented in the Spring. This is because the State competition is in May and when students complete their project in the Fall they move on.
The Big Idea Project was created to be a semester-long experiential project that can supplement your current curriculum. Let BIP replace your cumulative project. Then decide how you can integrate your concepts into the student experience. You may focus on types of projects students can choose, skills they must use, or additional writing assignments. We want you to make BIP work in your context for your students.
Certification training for new teachers is a one-time fee which includes their first year membership.

Every year after, educators must renew their annual membership for $150. Membership includes access to curriculum and resources, ongoing support, possible access to BIP corporate partners and school sponsors.

Beginning in 2016, BIP will require a student fee for each participant of $15.

We find that teachers are very successful when they implement BIP alongside another teacher in their building. Teacher can share their responsibility to connect with businesses, recruit mentors, fundraise and fun their competition.
If multiple teachers at your school from different departments want to teach Big Idea Project, we recommend sitting down together with your leadership to discuss a roll-out plan. Do you want freshmen to take it as a seminar or in every freshman social studies class? Then do you want to offer it as an elective to upper classmen in CTE classes? Or do you want to do BIP as a senior project (which we highly recommend)? The sky is the limit. You decide what’s best for your school.
The local scholarship is optional. Nearly all teachers choose to raise this money as incentive for their students. If you don’t raise the funds, your students will have a chance to win the scholarship at the State level.
Put simply: yes. Our certified teachers are the best of the best. They are known by the community and their schools as the innovators who provide life-changing experiences for their students. BIP is vigilant in our pursuit of providing the best experience for students. If you find that you cannot maintain the quality of the program due to lack of time, passion or any other reason, we will happily transfer your certification to another teacher in your school for a minimal fee.
The best place to start is to ask your principal or department head if there is extra in your budget to allow for your certification and ongoing fees. CTE departments have additional funds at the district level you can request. If your department is unable to pay, the next step is to ask your principal if they have discretionary funds they can use toward BIP. Another option is to ask school boosters, donors or supporters to sponsor you and your students.

If you need support and additional ideas, contact us. We’d be happy to speak with you.