WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis Receives “Courageous Leadership Award” from Big Picture Learning

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Campbell


  WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis Receives

“Courageous Leadership Award” from Big Picture Learning


Reno, NV (December 4, 2018) – Washoe County School District (WCSD) Superintendent Traci Davis has been awarded the annual Courageous Leadership Award from Big Picture Learning. The award recognizes educators who exemplify “the fighting spirit necessary to bring about a re-imagined system of education.”


Superintendent Davis received the award during Big Picture’s annual Leadership Conference in Reno, which has drawn more than 200 progressive school leaders from across the country and around the world. The conference brings together school and district leaders of its national network to share best practices in meeting the needs of students.


Innovations High School in Reno is the only Big Picture Learning school in Nevada.


For almost 25 years, Big Picture Learning has worked to put scholars at the center of their own learning, encouraging them to identify their interests and personalize their learning experiences. Each scholar is part of a small learning community of 15 scholars called an advisory, led by an adviser—a teacher who works closely with the group to form personalized relationships with each scholar.


Scholars also serve internships where they work closely with a mentor as they learn in a real world setting. Parents and families also play an important role in the learning process, helping to shape the learning plan and participating in activities within the school community. The result is a student-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.


Under the direction of Principal Taylor Harper and in partnership with an outstanding team of educators and support staff, Innovations High School scholars have brought acclaim to their school with their work, talents, and commitment to their education. They excel at music, art, and academics, bringing passion to their learning.


In the past five years, Innovations High School’s graduation rate has risen from the low teens to 70 percent in 2018.


Hundreds of Big Picture network schools in the United States and around the world work together and in their communities to reimagine and reshape education.


Media Availability


What: Co-founders and executive directors of Big Picture Learning will be available for interviews to discuss the program and the award.

When: Tuesday, December 4

           10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: Innovations High School

             777 W. Second St.




Dennis Littkey, co-founder

Elliot Washor, co-founder

Carlos Moreno, executive director

Andrew Frishman, executive director


Media contact: Taylor Harper, principal and lead learner at Innovations High School



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