January 24-26, 2022

All students can and should live lives of their own design. Lives supported by caring mentors and equitable opportunities to achieve their greatest potential. At Big Picture Learning, we activate opportunities through our global school community and suite of initiatives to make this so. Join us.

We are friends. We are partners. We are learners and teachers. We are beloved agitators. We are activists.


School is more than a building. It's a place where learning happens. And for our global network of over 275+ schools, fellows, and other places of learning around the world, leaving to learn in and with the community is every bit as important in the learning journey as the classroom is.  Meet our network.

In addition to our network of places, Big Picture Learning serves as an incubator of sorts for the next great ideas in education. Our initiatives include multiple fellowships, outside of school learning opportunities, healthy living and learning partnerships; and much more. Check out our suite of initiatives.

Big Picture Learning has been at the work of evolving education to be more equitable and student-centered for over 25 years. We're honored to join and lead local and national conversations, as well as partner with others whose collective efforts will influence the future of learning. Learn more about our engagement, impact and research.


We're often asked what it's like to be a student at a Big Picture Learning school. Our response: why not learn from students themselves. Hear from Thana, a recent graduate of The Leominster Center for Excellence (Leominster, MA) and listen to others on our Meet a Student Playlist.



Big Picture Learning puts on two widely attended convenings each year, Big Bang and the BPL Leadership Conference.

Big Bang is BPL's annual conference on student-centered learning, an intergenerational collaboration where students and educators come together as equals to learn from one another and from our host community. If Big Bang is about celebration, our Leadership Conference is about rejuvenation. It's our more intimate convening; giving school, district and organizational leaders the opportunity to break bread with folks who share a common language and a common dedication.

Next up: 

The BPL Leadership Conference

December 5-7, 2022



It was our honor to award Dr. Brenda Diaz, Principal of Nashville Big Picture High School, with this year's School Leader of Year award, named in honor of Ted Sizer.  Dr. Diaz's district (Metro Nashville Public Schools), picks up the story and shares what it means from the community's perspective. Read more here.


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