Guest speakers include Mario DeAnda, director of post-secondary programs for Big Picture Learning. The nonprofit oversees a network of some 100 charter high schools, with headquarters in Rhode Island and San Diego and offices in the Netherlands and Australia. Representatives from MetWest, a Big Picture high school, will be at the meeting.
The school will be seeking a charter from the Sequoia district, spokeswoman Charlene Margot told the Almanac.
Academic classes are a part of the program at a Big Picture school, but a principal focus is discovering what really interests students and crafting paths toward futures based on those interests, whether academic or career-oriented. Project-based learning, a focus on the individual student, and internships driven by student initiative are central to the program.
A Big Picture school seeks seventh- and eighth-graders who are disengaged in the traditional school environment and face the prospect of not graduating from high school, Ms. Margot told the Almanac in 2011.
Among the local advisers: San Mateo County schools Superintendent Anne E. Campbell; Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor of education at Stanford University; Thomas Mohr, newly elected to the board of the community college district; Pat Gemma, a former Sequoia district superintendent; and Philippe Rey, the executive director of Adolescent Counseling Services.
• Go to tinyurl.com/oby9p6x for more information about the meetings.
• Go to sequoiabigpicture.org for more on the proposed school.