Big Picture: Student-Centered & Competency-Based Learning

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Radical personalization is the core innovation of the Big Picture school model–it was flex before we knew what to call it. Their approach to internships remains a best practice. Twenty years afte…


As Littky describes in The Big Picture, a 2004 ASCD book, the innovative interest-based school model is focused on educating one student at a time. Students are “assessed on their performance, on exhibitions and demonstrations of achievement, on motivation, and on the habits of mind, hand, heart, and behavior that they display – reflecting the real world evaluations and assessments that all of us face in our everyday lives.”


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