Depot Campus helps shape European model of Big Picture Learning

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Storrs - posted Tue., Jun. 18, 2013
A delegation of Dutch educators recently made its second visit to E.O. Smith's Depot Campus to observe the unique program being offered there. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

This year marked the second time that a Dutch delegation has visited the E.O. Smith Depot campus to learn more about the Big Picture Learning methods upon which the program is based. (Read more about Depot here:

“This year’s group came from seven different schools in the Netherlands,” said Hanneke te Braake-Schakenraad, senior consultant and project leader for Big Picture Learning EU. The Dutch educators “want to know more about how to use [Big Picture Learning] in their own practice,” said Braake-Schakenraad. Delegates visited BPL sites in Providence, R.I., Camden, N.J., and Philadelphia, Penn., as well as Depot. ”The visit to the Depot deepens our understanding of the practice and variety in using Big Picture Learning,” said Braake-Schakenraad.

“Our more rural, off-site campus is a different implementation of the BPL design than they’ve seen other places,” said Brad Martin, director of the E.O. Smith High School Depot Campus. Visiting the Depot “gives them a more diverse picture of the possible implementations of the program,” said Martin. For the most recent visit, six students from the Depot Campus were asked to speak in front of the Dutch visitors. “They talked about what it meant to transition from a big school to the Depot setting,” said Martin.

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