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Join XQ: Super School Project and Rethink Education

Meet the challenge of preparing our students for the future by dreaming, designing, and creating the next American high school

November 11, 2015
Marlene Castro
Classroom teacher

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Students

When I reflect on my classroom experiences with students, the most impactful moments of learning were when students were engaged in discussions and activities that were relevant to them. We used their personal interests to create a dialogue about historical figures and events. We used new technology platforms to allow students to express their individuality and make their ideas come alive through presentations, rather than the standard five-paragraph essay. This made the learning real and meaningful.

This is what teachers do. We make connections for students and make learning come alive to ensure that they're prepared for the rapidly evolving world of today and tomorrow. Yet we're tasked with doing so in a system that was created for a world we've left behind.

As we increasingly ask more of our teachers in and out of the classroom, we need to make sure we're also providing teachers -- and the students they serve -- with the learning environments they need to be creative, innovative, and successful.

It means building schools where anyone, regardless of ZIP code or income, can get an education that truly prepares them for the challenges of college, careers, and life.

This means equipping teachers with the latest brain science research about adolescent and primary learning. It means understanding technology and social media as tools for learning and teaching students how to navigate that world. And it means building schools where anyone, regardless of ZIP code or income, can get an education that truly prepares them for the challenges of college, careers, and life.

That's what XQ: The Super School Project is on a mission to do.  

XQ: The Super School Project is an open call to America's teachers, students, administrators, civic leaders, businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, and designers to meet the challenge of preparing our students for the future by dreaming, designing, and creating the next American high school. It's a movement to challenge our old definitions of school and to empower all of America to create a system that puts young people first and prepares them for the world of today and tomorrow.

This movement needs us as teachers to raise our voices and contribute our ideas to what a student-centric school design can look like.

Creativity is equally distributed in this country. XQ is tapping into that creativity to look forward and anticipate the needs of the 21st-century workforce and beyond. This movement needs us as teachers to raise our voices and contribute our ideas to what a student-centric school design can look like.

As teachers, we're on the front lines of preparing our students. We see all the areas where things are working and all those we need to rethink and redesign. We possess the most powerful voice for change in the classroom. Together, we can transform communities and provide an education that inspires new possibilities. It’s time for change -- now. It’s time for a Super School, and we need to share our thoughts, designs, and creativity to help build it.

This summer I decided to join the XQ Institute because I believe my fifth-graders will have a better experience as a result of communities investing in improving high school for our youth. Please go to my.xqsuperschool.org and build a profile. Show your community you're ready to #rethinkhighschool.