In the spring of 2002 Andrew heard a high school student describe his unique transformational learning experiences at The Met High School in Providence, RI (the “mother ship” of the Big Picture Learning Network). That fall, Andrew joined the Met as an 9th grade Advisor, working with their advisory group through their graduation in 2006. He then crossed the country to support the fledgling Met Sacramento High School, worked with its first graduating class, and became the school’s first “Learning Through Internship Coordinator.” In this role he collaborated with staff, students, families, community and business leaders to define and advance the school’s mission and vision. Andrew has assisted with the expansion of the Big Picture Network in a variety of capacities, helping to launch and support schools across the United States as well as internationally. Along the way, Andrew has melded experiences from an MAT, an administrative credential focused on urban schools, and a Health Leadership Program, into a belief that education is a crucial determinant of life outcomes and community well-being. He completed a Doctoral degree in the Education Leadership Program (EdLD 2014) at Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Business School and joined the leadership team of Big Picture Learning in 2013.
Finding a Way to Reach All Students -This piece was written in collaboration with his former student, Justin Frago