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Real-world learning that works


The Big Idea Project (BIP) is the only evidence-based multi-disciplinary program that Colorado public schools can implement today to meet the high school capstone requirement recently mandated by the Colorado Department of Education. BIP’s turn-key solution offers an authentic, rigorous learning opportunity to all students, especially those who:

  • Are disengaged and benefit from hands-on learning
  • Need to take ownership of their learning
  • Lack confidence in their abilities
  • Have underdeveloped interpersonal skills
  • Show leadership promise and need a capstone for college acceptance
  • Would benefit by working with others and with a mentor
  • Struggle taking/passing tests and need a capstone project to graduate

Created by a teacher...


..for teachers, Big Idea Project’s emphasis is to facilitate student transformation, leadership development and workforce readiness by providing the context for students to apply their academic knowledge to real-world experiences. Contrary to an individual project, BIP students work in teams (mimicking the workplace) and learn to be adaptable, responsible and accountable for their results. Our lessons and resources offer just the right amount of structure and freedom, so you can do what you love.

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Measured gains and
improvement

“We evaluate several school-based programs, many of which have been operating much longer than the Big Idea Project, and the Big Idea Project consistently produces the largest gains we see in student outcomes. Using rigorous measures of pre-post change, the Big Idea Project has reliably, over four years of measurement, lead to student growth in skills important for workforce leadership and behavioral health, such as problem solving, teamwork, communication, professionalism, resilience, and confidence.”Dr. Beth Mulligan – Principal Corona Insights, Denver, CO

21st century skills


Guided by trained teachers and coached by business mentors, students learn 21st century essential skills like leadership, values, self-direction, perseverance, inquiry and analysis, risk-taking, career literacy, problem solving and how to think critically. Teachers favor BIP’s well-structured experiential process for its ease of implementation and for the authentic connections that are naturally created with their students.

 

The exponential impact


The influence of one certified BIP educator can change communities.


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Aligned to standards


Big Idea Project curriculum aligns to the Colorado 2020 State Standards and covers critical high school language and math concepts which are reinforced daily in student practice. BIP also supports the ICAP and integrates CASEL’s five social emotional learning competencies.

The Big Idea Project capstone experience works best as a stand-alone class as an elective, english or CTE course, but we can work with you to help you find your best fit.

How the project works:


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A BIG IDEA

Teams of 3-4 identify a social problem they care about and come up with a way to help solve it
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BUSINESS MENTOR

Together with a business mentor, teams create a plan for taking action
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ACTION

Students have the semester to work their plan and make their Big Idea come to life
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PRESENTATION

At the end of the semester, teams create a storytelling video and present their results
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COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

Winning teams have the chance to win a college scholarship!

And there's more!

In addition to life-long learning, each student on the winning teams receives a $250 college scholarship.

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Big Idea Project FAQs


Today, the Big Idea Project is only in Colorado. All curriculum is aligned to the Colorado 2020 standards for both English and Math. The curriculum is also aligned with CASEL’s social emotional competencies, ICAP standards and the CDE’s Essential Skills.

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.

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 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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