The tour is a continuation of efforts to engage and excite local communities to rethink and redesign the American high school, and will serve as a mobile community hub for ideas, conversation and action around high school innovation.
The customized school bus is an interactive experience that invites students, parents, teachers and community members to explore innovative and effective solutions to improve high schools, and includes a recording booth for attendees to share their own ideas.
The dynamic, school bus tour will feature activities for applicants, students, and community members, and opportunities to explore where high school education has been, as well as the themes that have emerged from the thousands of voices that XQ has collected since launching in September 2015.
The Tempe stop will be a chance to connect directly with Arizona applicants and other community members that have already raised their hands to rethink high school with XQ. This tour will honor and celebrate their ongoing commitment preparing students for college, career, and life in the 21st century.
The following activities are open to the public and press between April 25-26 at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ:
• XQ Bus: On campus from 11 am – 9 pm on Monday, April 25th and 9 am – 5 pm on Tuesday, April 26th at Memorial Union Plaza
• Applicant Sneak Peek: Applicant only bus sneak peek at 10:30 am – 11 am Monday April 25th, and 8:30 am – 9 am April 26th
• Film Screening: Screening of student films from the Phoenix Film Festival on Monday April 25th, at Sunset, approximately 7:15 pm
Key visuals for cameras include:
• XQ School Bus: A school bus refitted with an interactive wall, recording booth, and other custom design features.
• Community Art Project: Chalk Artist Terry Hill will be working with students & bus visitors to create two unique pieces of art during the two-day stop.
XQ will make the following interview subjects available:
• XQ Team Members: XQ Institute staff with expertise on XQ: The Super School Project will be available to schedule interviews.
• XQ Applicants: Individuals who submitted school designs to XQ, some of whom have been invited to the next phase of the challenge.
For more information, please contact Howli Ledbetter at HLedbetter@wearerally.com or 530-228-3949.
About XQ: The Super School Project:
XQ: The Super School Project launched in September 2015 as an open call to rethink and redesign the American high school. Thousands of applicants and tens of thousands of supporters from towns and cities across the country 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 and create a pathway to success for students.
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 make real change possible. For more information, visit www.xqsuperschool.org. 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.
To learn more about XQ: The Super School Project’s Bus Tour activities, please contact Howli Ledbetter at HLedbetter@wearerally.com or 530-228-3949.