The Big Thought Institute develops innovative education curricula aligned to state standards.
We establish a collaborative relationship with our partners focused on identifying real-world educational opportunities and setting clear and attainable learning objectives. We then leverage our internal expertise to write curricula that is uniquely relevant to students’ life experiences and local environments. A hallmark of Big Thought’s approach is our emphasis on developing socio-emotional skills, engaging the imagination and building on the state’s academic standards. Throughout the duration of each program, we continue to work closely with our partners to assess student success and fine-tune our approach.
Here are a few examples of how our custom curricula are transforming everyday spaces into imaginative learning environments:
Klyde Warren Park: Students engage with unique features of the park’s environment (food trucks, ecosystems, architecture and more) to develop a wide range of academic and socio-emotional skills. The curriculum emphasizes problem solving, perception, creativity and reasoning. Explore the curriculum.
AT&T Stadium: Stadium tours are now more than just football. Students can sharpen math, science, language arts and social studies skills while connecting to career exploration in a stunning real-world setting. A high school fine arts curricula has also been developed to explain the concepts and construction behind the stadium’s fine art collection. Click for information about stadium tours and the educator guide.
State Fair of Texas: Everything is bigger in Texas, and the State Fair leaves no shortage of opportunity to imagine. Students develop STEAM skills in very unique ways. From calculating the revolutions per minute of the carousel, to creating a periodic table based on fair food, our State Fair curriculum connects relevant real-life experience with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Explore the curriculum.
DaVerse Works: is a curriculum developed by Big Thought to help students explore poetry writing and performance. The curriculum provides content for one year’s worth of after-school club workshops, integrating teaching artistry best practices and the Six Dimensions of Quality to measure instructional excellence. The curriculum is divided into three units: self-exploration to get students engaged in writing, how to use poetry to elicit emotional responses, and poetry design to address social justice issues.
SLANT: Service Learning Adventures in North Texas is a curriculum designed to help students self-direct a quality service-learning project. Big Thought produced the original curriculum for the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee. The program engaged more than 44,000 youth in service-learning in the months leading up to Super Bowl XLV. The SLANT curriculum was revised as part of the NCAA Final Four® in 2013 in an effort to inspire youth the service throughout the Dallas area.