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XQ: The Super School Project Announces Vista High School as One of 10 Winning Super Schools Out of Nearly 700 Proposals 

VISTA, CA – Today, after a rigorous 11-month application and evaluation process, XQ Institute has announced winning Super Schools, including San Diego County’s Vista High School. Each school will be awarded $10 million over the next 5 years. All 10 schools will serve as catalysts for change, making high school more relevant, engaging and effective for every student, everywhere.

“The Super School Project was born out of the conviction and commitment that every child from every background has a right to a quality education that prepares them for a future none of us can easily predict,” said Russlynn Ali, Chief Executive Officer of XQ Institute. “We are proud to partner with each of these 10 amazing teams who represent the power of communities coming together to restore the goals and excellence that the founders of our public schools envisioned.”
Vista High School uses a rigorous, hands-on, collaborative approach that challenges students to take control of their learning. The redesign plan was developed through extensive collaboration between students and teachers and their shared ambition to enable learning relevant to students’ lives.
“We are so thankful and honored by this generous award,” said Vista High School Principal Anthony Barela. “For the last three years, we have been focused on learning from our students and using their feedback to create new pathways of success. Now, our whole community has come together to push ourselves further and co-create a new model for American high school with our students at the helm. We are so excited for the coming year and to build a school that encourages our students to explore their interests and passions, and empowers them to take on local and global challenges.”
In partnership with Digital Promise, Vista High School students will be given the tools to co-create curriculum with their teachers and tackle real-world challenges defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Their unique approach, which focuses both on academics and social and emotional learning, will enable students to take control of their learning, tackle real-world problems with empathy and collaboration, and act as global change agents. A profile of the team can be found on the XQ website.
“I’m so excited for this year, and to finally get to build what our community imagined together,” said Vista High School Senior Daniel Giron. “Students will now get to tell teachers what they want to learn and how they want to learn, and get a real chance to come up with answers to real-world problems. I won’t be around to experience what we’ve created, but I’m still excited because all the students that come after me will benefit from this.”
XQ: The Super School Project was born from a commitment made by Emerson Collective in July 2014 to find and develop the best designs for next generation high schools as part of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Launched in September 2015, XQ: The Super School Project was an open call to America to meet the challenge of preparing our students for today’s world by dreaming, designing, and creating the next American high school.
From its beginning, XQ: The Super School Project has asked communities to self-assemble, engage young people and offer ideas on how to create models that challenge students as critical thinkers to take on real world problems and have a positive impact on the world.
In the coming months, the 10 teams, selected from nearly 700 submitted proposals, will begin building and implementing their Super School Designs.
For additional information about XQ: The Super School Project, or the selected Super School designs, contact Kacey Bonner at kbonner@wearerally.com or 310-402-3013.

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About XQ: The Super School Project:
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.
About 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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