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About the program

Big Idea Project provides a $250 scholarship for each student of the winning team. It is the responsibility of the school to provide the winning names and student contact information as soon as the team is selected. Upon graduation, BIP will send letters to all scholarship recipients. Graduates have 18 months after graduation to claim their scholarship by contacting BIP and providing the mailing address for the financial services department at their college or trade school. BIP will send the award directly to the appropriate office. If money is not claimed within 18 month the student forfeits their award.

The Big Idea Project organization is a non-profit that relies on districts, schools and community partners to cover the cost of the entire program. Costs are determined by the amount of certified teachers and the amount of sections taught. To request more information please contact To request more information please contact info@bigideaproject.org

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Curriculum

Yes! The CDE has stated that the purpose of the capstone is to provide hands-on learning that moves academic learning into applied skills. The vast majority of school districts have created capstone rubrics to align with the CDE’s Essential Skills. The Big Idea Project is in perfect alignment with these Essential Skills. Additionally, students complete their Big Idea Project experience with a professional portfolio that proves their ability to apply their learning in real world contexts.

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 certify another teacher at your school to continue in your stead.

The Big Idea Project is currently only in Colorado’s schools. All curriculum is aligned to the Colorado 2020 standards for both English and Math.

The Big Idea Project curriculum is also aligned with CASEL’s social emotional competencies, ICAP standards and the CDE’s Essential Skills.

Schools can choose to implement the Big Idea Project alongside current curriculum in an existing class (such as business or English) or use the official Big Idea Project curriculum in a semester-long elective course. Multi-year programming is currently under construction.

The Big Idea Project capstone experience is a semester-long hands-on project taught alongside curriculum. Students are not permitted to begin their Big Idea Projects before the semester begins.

No. The Big Idea Project is highly successful in full school-wide implementation where every student from a given class is expected to participate in order to graduate. This implementation model is actually most recommended.

Yes! We find that teachers are very successful when they implement BIP alongside another teacher in their building.

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 18 weeks total from start to finish.

Big Idea Project can be implemented in either the Fall or Spring semester.

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Ambassador

Ambassadors must participate in the initial training and remain flexible for ongoing requests from BIP for fundraising meetings, media exposure and photo shoots. Additional training and professional opportunities are offered to Ambassadors who make themselves available.

A BIP Ambassador is a student who participated in the Big Idea Project who is selected to represent the organization in various professional settings such as events, corporate presentations and lunch and learns.

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Mentor

Mentors are selected and directed by BIP educators. This means you have a real connection to teachers, our heroes on the frontline with tremendous influence over the development of our next generation.

All of our mentors are required to apply and participate in a $30 background check. When your application is approved, you are available for a match. We cannot guarantee an immediate match because teachers select according to fit. However, once you apply, you will remain available for future teams until you tell us you are no longer interested.

If you have any questions, email mentors@bigideaproject.org

Project-based mentoring has a hard start and stop date with a duration of about 3 months (a semester). Four in-class meetings are combined with weekly online communication.

Big Idea Project mentors provide perspective, advice and connections to teams. Often, the best help a mentor can give is real-world advice and perspective that comes from well-crafted questions.

Above all, it’s about teaching empathy. BIP mentors practice Generous Leadership® and know it is the key to building future leaders of impact. As a mentor you can guide students in an experience that leads to a paradigm shift characterized by empathy.

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Parent

Student videos and pictures are used for program and marketing purposes for Big Idea Project only. They serve as our proof to the public of the good work students are doing in our schools and communities.

If parents opt to not fill out the Student Participation Agreement, their student cannot participate.

The Big Idea Project works with districts and schools to implement the program in the best context for each school. If your school does not offer the Big Idea Project, talk to your principal, district or email a school board member.

To present at State, your student will need to win their school’s presentation event. All State teams must follow the Standards to Compete as well as notify BIP of their participation in the State event.

Upon graduation, BIP will send letters to all scholarship recipients. Graduates have 18 months after graduation to claim their scholarship by contacting BIP and providing the mailing address for the financial services department at their college. BIP will send the award directly to the appropriate office. If money is not claimed within 18 month the student forfeits their award.

The Big Idea Project is usually free of charge to families because districts, schools and community partner choose to provide the opportunity for students. Some schools may choose to charge a small student fee when school funding is needed.

Your teacher is certified and trained to implement Big Idea Project in any class. If your school chooses to offer the Big Idea Project, your student is fortunate to have an opportunity others wish they had.

The Big Idea Project is a service learning program that provides the context, curriculum and real world experience students need to develop workforce ready skills, social emotional competency and leadership experience. Big Idea Project’s program is values-based and focuses on developing the ‘whole child’ by caring for their wellbeing, encouraging their passions and giving students the chance to drive their own learning.

Projects are completely student-led. Teachers provide lessons and coaching that teams need. The project may seem daunting at first, but students rise to the challenge and point back to their work as the pinnacle moment of their high school experience.

The time commitment varies by students and teams. Teachers give students many opportunities to work on their projects in class.

All Big Idea Project students are considered BIP alumni. As an alumnus, your student will receive access to ongoing professional experiences, skills training, networking with leaders, access to internships and jobs, collaboration with other alumni, events, service opportunities and much more! The only key is that students must provide current contact information to BIP so the organization can keep in touch.

Every student who wishes to participate must have their parent or next of kin sign the Student Participation Agreement. This agreement allows us to use your child’s video and pictures from their project for Presentation events and storytelling.

We ask parents to opt-in student personal contact information so that we can offer students the opportunities afforded to BIP alumni such as professional training, seminars, networking with business leaders and opportunities for college and job readiness. Providing this personal contact information is optional, though strongly encouraged for their future success.

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Student

Mentors are selected by the Big Idea Project and matched to teams by your teacher. Speak with your teacher if you have a specific request.

Big Idea Project is implemented by certified teachers in the classroom. If your school does not offer Big Idea Project, talk to your principal or favorite teacher. Send them an email with this information.

Upon graduation, BIP will send letters to all scholarship recipients. Graduates have 18 months after graduation to claim their scholarship by contacting BIP and providing the mailing address for the financial services department at their college. BIP will send the award directly to the appropriate department. If your scholarship is not claimed within 18 months you forfeit your award.

Big Idea Project is a semester-long experience. The amount of time you have to work on your project during class is determined by your teacher.

To present at State, you will need to win your school’s presentation event. All State teams must follow the Standards To Participate as well as notify BIP of their participation in the State event.

If we have your personal contact information, you will receive access to ongoing professional experiences, skills training, networking, collaboration with other alumni, events, service opportunities and much more.

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Teacher

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 certify another teacher at your school to continue in your stead.

Big Idea Project works with districts and school leadership to come up of an implementation plan that works for for them. Interested teachers should discuss Big Idea Project with their administrators to ensure school support before contacting the Big Idea Project. Interested schools can contact info@bigideaproject.org to set up a time to speak to an implementation consultant.

Schools can choose to implement the Big Idea Project alongside current curriculum in an existing class (such as business or English) or use the official Big Idea Project curriculum in a semester-long elective course. Multi-year programming is currently under construction.

No. The Big Idea Project is highly successful in full school-wide implementation where every student from a given class is expected to participate in order to graduate. This implementation model is actually most recommended.

Yes! We find that teachers are very successful when they implement BIP alongside another teacher in their building.

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 18 weeks total from start to finish.

Big Idea Project can be implemented in either the Fall or Spring semester.

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