We Believe

That with its: World-class schools of education, colleges and research universities; forward-thinking school districts and outstanding educators; and emerging entrepreneurial sector: Madison and greater Dane County have the potential to become a vibrant regional hub of learning innovation and student success.

Why Now?

The current pace, scale and quality of innovations and collaborations taking place across the educational ecosystem in the United States is unparalleled. Many of the resulting initiatives require a home base to get off the ground and thrive.

WTB was incorporated in 2014 to provide that home base in the State of Wisconsin.

In the process, WTB became a catalyst for developing and sharing best practices that can make a difference in every student’s education. It concluded its catalytic work at year’s end 2018.

What We Accomplished

WeThinkBig worked to:

  • Inspire and shape a shared vision for educational innovation in the region;
  • Empower educators by providing the tools they need to realize that vision; and
  • Engage across sectors to create the partnerships necessary for success.

We accomplished this through initiatives that:

  • Showcase emerging ideas and models for educational innovation;
  • Put the best and latest learning tools for students into the hands of our teachers; and
  • Catalyze relationships and create partnerships between education, business and the entire community to support innovation success.

Time for Collaboration in Wisconsin

The current pace, scale and quality of collaborations taking place across the educational ecosystem in the United States is unparalleled. Many of the resulting initiatives require a home base to get off the ground and thrive.

WeThinkBig, Inc. was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2014 to provide that home base in the State of Wisconsin. In the process, WTB strives to become a center of excellence for encouraging and sharing best practices that make a difference in every child’s education.

WTB looked deeply into the local educational ecosystems and explored examples around the country to ascertain:

  • Who is doing what;
  • What strengths exist in the region;
  • What else might be needed to realize vibrant and sustainable educational communities.

It also looked at how to best frame and promote public thinking about education, and how to ensure that collaborative efforts to improve education become a shared priority across sectors and in our communities.

WTB launched programs and activities that solicited input, broke down barriers, articulated vision, and provided inspiration and skills for 21st century learning.

What was Unique about WTB and its Approach?

  • Independent
  • Nimble and flexible
  • Non-partisan
  • Multi-Sector

For a look at WTB’s legacy, see our Years in Review and 3 Year Overview.