Have you seen the XQ ads that have started to appear? So what is XQ and what does it mean to providers and students in the tutoring and afterschool industry?
Quick Answer – XQ is a $50 million project launched by Steve Jobs’ widow.
Long Answer – Apple founder Steve Jobs’ widow has launched a $50 million competition to create new high school designs that maximize student engagement and achievement.
An unusual feature of the competition, which opened quietly on Sept. 11, and has been trickling into the national media this week, is that it places student and community voice at its center. Leaders are kicking off an eight-city tour to publicize the project and collect input. It will include a town hall for student feedback, and a public installation designed to receive ideas about school design, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Fifty million dollars in funding is available to support at least five schools over a five-year period, the website says. Applicants are expected to submit their concepts by November to confirm eligibility, with “discover and design” phases of the applications due in February. Finalists will be chosen in April, and winners announced next August. Resources on the Super School Project’s website walk applicants through the process, and provide materials to support them as they design their ideas.
The XQ project is a great way to teach your students or AfterSchool clubs and teams about project management, idea gathering and presentation and submitting proposals. Read more at the XQ Website.
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