Navigating Our Way
A Tool for Change: Story
As part of its frontline work lifting up all students to pursue their interests, Big Picture Learning (BPL) knew that it needed to tackle the “big picture” when it came to CTE and the skilled trades. In a society that tends to stigmatize and undervalue these career pathways, BPL needed a tool powerful enough to create dramatic social-cultural change.
And that tool was storytelling.
Big Picture Learning teamed up with the storytellers at FableVision Studios to write and animate Navigating Our Way — the first of several films the groups plan to create together. Each film will inspire people of all ages to rethink how they perceive and value vocational education and professions.
Through these stories, we will be challenging society's powerful narratives around race, class, and gender. We will grapple with the false notion that skills-based jobs are often seen as less important, less prestigious, or less intellectually demanding.
We will learn that the people who do this skilled work lead lives of value and possess great wisdom—wisdom they add to and pass on to future generations. They more than make a living—they make a life that they are proud of.