IMPACT-BASED LEARNING with the i3 Framework
The i3 Framework is a guiding philosophy that uses the recursive cycle of Interest > Inquiry > Impact to build authentic experiences, tools, opportunities, and networks connected to the real world. The i3 Framework is the foundation for all components of the NEXT School program—for students, teachers, parents, and the community.
This happens because Peers choose and build projects for real life; learn from Pro advisors who guide project goals and community connection; and apply core knowledge and skills to doing something now. Our impact-based approach embraces entrepreneurial values and design thinking, empowering students both to learn and to build their world now.
What about Project-Based Learning (PBL)?
We value the established track record and merit of Project-Based Learning done well. That said, we also believe that there are a lot of people using "PBL" as a shorthand to appear innovative, or to tack projects onto what is still largely an outworn model. We think it's important to draw a distinction here, because a project can be busy work if it doesn't have an real-world connection or impact.
In short, Impact-Based Learning at NEXT High School gives our students (Peers) the chance to create real-world value now by building businesses, non-profits, inventions, events, intellectual property, and more—while they are still students and as they plan their futures.