WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. — Washoe County School District (WCSD) Superintendent Traci Davis has received the Courageous Leadership Award from Big Picture Learning on Monday, December 3.
Superintendent Davis received the Courageous Leadership Award from Big Picture Learning award during Big Picture’s annual Leadership Conference in Reno.
The annual event has drawn more than 200 progressive school leaders from across the country and around the world. It brings together school and district leaders of its national network to share best practices in meeting the needs of students.
The special award recognizes educators who demonstrate “the fighting spirit necessary to bring about a re-imagined system of education.”
Innovations High School in Reno is the only Big Picture Learning school in Nevada.
Big Picture Learning specializes in putting scholars at the center of their own learning, encouraging them to identify their interests and personalize their learning experiences.
According to the WCDS, each scholar is part of a small learning community of 15 students called an advisory, led by an adviser—a teacher who works closely with the group to form personalized relationships with each scholar. They serve in internships in which they work with a mentor in a real-world setting.
The program along with parents' support result in a a scholar-centered learning design, where scholars are actively invested in their learning and are challenged to pursue their interests by a supportive community of educators, professionals, and family members.
The school district says that in the past five years, Innovations High School’s graduation rate has risen from the low teens to 70 percent in 2018.