" We must redefine what an educated person is."
Dr Dennis LITTKY is the co-founder and co-director of The Met School, Big Picture Learning and founder and President of College Unbound. He is nationally known for his extensive work in secondary education in urban, suburban, and rural settings, spanning over 40 years. As an educator, Dennis has a reputation for working up against the edge of convention and out of the box, turning tradition on its head and delivering concrete results. From 2000-2010 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave Big Picture Learning 20 million dollars to replicate The Met School nationally and internationally. Currently there is a network of 113 schools, 52 across the country, 40 in Australia and 21 in the Netherlands.
Dr LITTKY holds a double Ph.D. in psychology and education from the University of Michigan. His work as a principal at Thayer Junior/Senior High School in Winchester, N.H. is featured in an NBC movie, A Town Torn Apart based on the book Doc: The Story of Dennis LITTKY and His Fight for a Better School. In 2004, he wrote (along with Samantha Grabelle) The Big Picture: Education is Everyone' s Business, which went on to win the Association of Educational Publishers' top award for nonfiction in 2005. In 2003, Dennis was recognized as a leader in education and awarded the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. Fast Company ranked LITTKY #4 among the top 50 Innovators of 2004, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation recently selected Dennis as part of their Daring Dozen. Dennis was awarded the New England Higher Education Excellence Award in 2011.
Presently, Dr LITTKY' s focus is on College Unbound, a college that allows adults to earn a Bachelor' s degree while creating a project around their interest and working full-time. The innovative college is rethinking how we educate the 37 million adults, who started college but didn't finish.
"At the center must be the student. We must engage them. We must give them the skills of problem solving, creativity, advocacy and communication. They need to learn how to apply knowledge to the unknown world they are entering. No more memorization."
"As a world, we should have one goal -- to help our youth create the future. This is a job too big for just educators. There needs to be a real commitment from policy makers to the business world."