The Super School Project
This month we are beginning one of several themed issues of the Communiqué as requested by members through our recent member survey and new strategic plan. This issue’s theme is on education, so I wanted to share an interesting new idea that is popping up on the American scene. It’s called XQ: The Super School Project.
The Super School Project is an open call to reimagine and design the next American high school. In towns and cities far and wide, teams will unite and take on this important work of our time: Rethinking and building schools that deeply prepare our students for the rigorous challenges of college, jobs and life. This is a challenge to empower all of America to change high school. The idea is that together we can transform communities and build schools that inspire new possibilities.
The project is the brainchild of The XQ Institute, which believes that to create the future, we must first imagine it. The XQ Institute is in service of parents and pioneers, entrepreneurs and teachers, business leaders and administrators, youth and education experts—who are joining a movement to rethink America’s schools. Together, they believe we can use our knowledge, rigor and creativity to create a new model for school itself.
They proclaim that XQ is innovative and relevant learning for a rapidly changing future that will allow us to harness America’s collective imagination and find the courage, creativity, and audacity to create a new kind of educational system—one that meets the needs of students and the demands of life in a global economy of idea.
The contest began September 11, 2015 and ends August 4, 2016 (for complete details on eligibility, see http://xqsuperschool.org/eligibility). The XQ Institute will partner with the winning teams and provide them expert support and a fund of $50 million to support at least five schools over the next five years to turn their ideas into real Super Schools. If you are interested learning more about The Super School Project, are interested in joining the XQ community or just want to share your bold ideas, visit their website at http://xqsuperschool.org/. You can also post your ideas, big and small, using the hashtag #RethinkHighSchool.
My one disappointment in reading about this initiative is that their current ambition is only to reinvent the American high school. International CHRIE has members in 58 countries, so perhaps this is an idea that can and will spread across the globe. Who knows, it just might be an ICHRIE member who helps create a brand new blueprint for education around the world.