New Harmony High

Opening Fall 2018

 

About New Harmony High

In the fall of 2016, a team of dedicated educators and dreamers entering a competition seeking completely new and innovative designs for high school education. Our team’s vision: to merge student-centered learning with the fundamental environmental and economic challenges facing south Louisiana. The competition, known as XQ: The Super School Project, selected New Harmony High, among more than 700 entries, as a winner. Thanks to this award, New Harmony High will be opening to Louisiana students in the Fall of 2018!

New Harmony High will be a game-changing public high school, using students' passions, talents, and skills to address the very real challenge of coastal change. Bobbie Hill, New Harmony High design team lead, sums up our vision: “Our dream for New Harmony High is to create an environment for students to explore the connections between their individual interests, their local communities, and the world. Through a robust real-world teaching and learning model, the school will directly integrate student learning with a dominant issue for our region – coastal restoration.”

About XQ

XQ: The Super School Project launched in September 2015 as an open call to rethink and design the next American high school. Thousands of School Builders, and tens of thousands of supporters from towns and cities across all 50 states have united to take on this important work. Teams of students, teachers, parents, community leaders and many more came together to conceptualize innovative models for 21st century learning.

Since its launch, XQ has proven to be more than a challenge to create innovative high schools. It is a growing movement to reimagine what is possible for public education in America, and a hub for community voices, cutting edge ideas, and expert resources to create new pathways to success for students. For more information, visit www.xqsuperschool.org, and follow us at @XQAmerica.

THe xq Institute

XQ Institute is an organization dedicated to rethinking school in America in order to create new learning opportunities for young people and open up the possibilities of the wider world. The Institute's board of directors is chaired by Laurene Powell Jobs, Chair of the Emerson Collective. The CEO and founder is Russlynn Ali, former Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, and Managing Director of Education at the Emerson Collective. For more information, visit www.xqinstitute.org.

 

 
 

DESIGN Team

Aaron Frumin is the founder & Executive Director of unCommon Construction, a New Orleans-based nonprofit through which high school students earn pay and course credit for building a house in a semester.

Aaron Frumin is the founder & Executive Director of unCommon Construction, a New Orleans-based nonprofit through which high school students earn pay and course credit for building a house in a semester.

Bryan C. Lee Jr. is an architectural designer, artist, and writer who is a vocal advocate for design justice in his home city of New Orleans.

Bryan C. Lee Jr. is an architectural designer, artist, and writer who is a vocal advocate for design justice in his home city of New Orleans.

Richie Blink is the Plaquemines Community Outreach Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation, where he works closely with local stakeholders to ensure widespread support of sustainable coastal restoration of the Mississippi River Delta. Prior to joining the campaign, Richie was employed with Plaquemines Parish Government as the Coastal Zone Program Manager.

Richie Blink is the Plaquemines Community Outreach Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation, where he works closely with local stakeholders to ensure widespread support of sustainable coastal restoration of the Mississippi River Delta. Prior to joining the campaign, Richie was employed with Plaquemines Parish Government as the Coastal Zone Program Manager.

Amanda Kruger Hill is a former principal and the current Executive Director of the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University.

Amanda Kruger Hill is a former principal and the current Executive Director of the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University.

Casey Coleman is a film- and art-event producer and the Executive Director of Court 13 Arts, a New Orleans-based non-profit whose mission is to support the creation of adventurous art that inspires the public.

Casey Coleman is a film- and art-event producer and the Executive Director of Court 13 Arts, a New Orleans-based non-profit whose mission is to support the creation of adventurous art that inspires the public.

Casey Coleman
Executive Director
Court 13 Arts

Steve Cochran is the Associate Vice President of Coastal Protection at the Environmental Defense Fund, and Director of the New Orleans based coalition, Restore the Mississippi River Delta.

Steve Cochran is the Associate Vice President of Coastal Protection at the Environmental Defense Fund, and Director of the New Orleans based coalition, Restore the Mississippi River Delta.

Andrew Frishman is a former teacher and the current Co-Executive Director at Big Picture Learning, a national school network.

Andrew Frishman is a former teacher and the current Co-Executive Director at Big Picture Learning, a national school network.

Elliot Washor is the co-founder of Big Picture Learning and has been involved in school reform for more than 30 years as a teacher, principal, administrator, video producer, and writer. 

Elliot Washor is the co-founder of Big Picture Learning and has been involved in school reform for more than 30 years as a teacher, principal, administrator, video producer, and writer. 

Steven Bingler is the founder and president of Concordia, a community-centered planning and design practice. He is an award-winning planner and architect who has written extensively on schools as centers of communities.

Steven Bingler is the founder and president of Concordia, a community-centered planning and design practice. He is an award-winning planner and architect who has written extensively on schools as centers of communities.

Bobbie Hill leads engagement and planning work at Concordia, a community-centered planning and design practice. She has lead engagement work to create schools as centers for community for over 15 years.

Bobbie Hill leads engagement and planning work at Concordia, a community-centered planning and design practice. She has lead engagement work to create schools as centers for community for over 15 years.

Michael Stimpfel is the Director of Finance & Accounting for KIPP Colorado. Michael is also a founding board member of unCommon Construction and is the Co-Founder and CFO of the consulting group avant-gardED. Michael has worked as a financial auditor for Ernst & Young and is a graduate of the Education Pioneers Fellowship.

Michael Stimpfel is the Director of Finance & Accounting for KIPP Colorado. Michael is also a founding board member of unCommon Construction and is the Co-Founder and CFO of the consulting group avant-gardED. Michael has worked as a financial auditor for Ernst & Young and is a graduate of the Education Pioneers Fellowship.

Sunny Dawn Summers is a public educator currently serving as the School Leader for New Harmony High. She was most recently an English II teacher and Department Lead at New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School.

Sunny Dawn Summers is a public educator currently serving as the School Leader for New Harmony High. She was most recently an English II teacher and Department Lead at New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School.

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