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.”
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.
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