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The reason that Big Picture Learning focuses its efforts on one student at time is because we know that learning has to be tied to identity. What interests one student is completely irrelevant to another. There is no one size fits all approach to teaching and learning.

So too do we understand the important role that identity and culture play in community and leader development. And integral to identity and culture is the very idea of place. 

Place. Where you come from. Where you call home. As important to who we are to become as our DNA.

While Ashé is a national effort, it is built upon a specific place-based focus. We believe that a direct focus on a few select places will help us better know those communities and create the trust and partnership necessary to foster change at scale.

This is not quick work. This is investment. 

Be hopeful. Be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a week, a month or a year. It is the struggle of a lifetime.





If ever there were a symbol for place, it would be the flag. A new flag will soon fly over the Mississippi capitol in Jackson, replacing painful confederate insignia with the state's flower -- the Magnolia; itself a symbol of nobility and perseverance. 

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