initiative-based high school
We produce students who become makers, designers, storytellers, and social entrepreneurs by creating curriculum with business, nonprofit, and government agencies.
THE IOWA BIG MODEL
Build your student's personal brand for an impressive post-secondary application
Iowa BIG is Iowa CORE and NGSS aligned, and acts as a competency-based education leader in the region. We use an immersive initiative-based pedagogy to deliver core content indexed using standardized SCED codes.
Standards Mastered by our students
Students reporting efficacy in STEM fields
First Choice College Admissions for our students
Active initiatives adding value for business and community groups
Seasoned educators and entrepreneurs
The following pitch deck was presented by CRCSD Associate Superintendent Trace Pickering and Director of Strategic Partnerships Troy Miller at the 2016 Iowa Smart Conference held Thursday, April 28th, 2016. Also below are links to referenced sites as well as related blogs. Links Iowa BIG Success She 100+ Youth Who Care ZeroMyles HelpWe Minnow Tank[…]
With so many reports that teenagers today are stressed out to the point of being unhealthy, blame gets thrown around about the source of the stress. Some fingers (commonly students’) point to homework. Homework has been around since the model of a school system was created , and has become what some call ‘a basic building[…]
Middle School girls pitched their ideas to local business investors at the second annual Minnow Tank event last Thursday, put on by Iowa BIG’s own SuccessSHE team. It resulted in a HUGE success! The “Minnows” received funding and advice for the success of their community building projects from a panel of investors/judges. Keynote speaker, Awki[…]
Breaking learners out of the seat-time, industrial model of high school education is synonymous with trying to break students out of a decade of behavior attributed to industrial purposes decades and decades ago. We introduce concepts to students, which they have rarely experienced in school. We give them choice, voice, freedom from time and space[…]
“Her green plastic watering can, for her fake Chinese rubber plant, in the fake plastic earth. It wears her out.” – Lyrics by Radiohead If we want high school kids to learn how to be functional in the real world for their next 70 years, here are the plastic education vestigial organs that might have made[…]
My dad is a software engineer. He’s programmed our house to turn lights on and off automatically (some are even voice automated). When we have family stay over, they always joke that my dad is making bombs because of the mess of wires and resistors cluttering his work space. His monitor almost always has a[…]
Textbooks and static curriculum will die a slow, wheezy death. Teachers will crowdsource local curriculum for their students, offering individualized learning experiences where students follow their passions while meeting the same standards being met today. Districts will more deeply engage their communities as the correlation between strong regional Economic Development and Education increases. A national[…]
Troy Miller, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Iowa BIG, spoke at SXSWedu in Austin on March 8, 2016. Below is his slide deck.
Troy Miller is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Iowa BIG. His son Isaac, discussed below, is a pilot “full-time” student at Iowa BIG. A handful of months ago I read a book titled Most Likely to Succeed (MLTS). Much of what was proposed by the authors was already taking place in spades at Iowa[…]