Please join Sullivan High School Principal Chad Adams and me as we update the community on Sullivan’s campaign to win a $10 million grant to redesign the school. The meeting will take place next Tuesday, May 17th, 7:00 p.m., at Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth, in Room 131.
Last month, I reported the good news that Sullivan had advanced to the next phase of a national funding competition, sponsored by XQ: The Super School Project, for a $10 million grant to “reimagine” its school. Principal Adams will report Tuesday night on Sullivan’s exciting and ground-breaking proposal for a new four-year curriculum for its students.
Sullivan proposes a curriculum that would provide incoming freshmen with time to focus on themselves. In their sophomore year, students would be asked to contribute their ideas and time to performing local community service and problem solving. The students would then be asked to apply their ideas and service at a national level in their junior year and a global level during their senior year.
Sullivan’s efforts were recently recognized in a Chicago Sun-Times op-ed that praises Sullivan and Principal Adams (photo on left) for their proposal and the inclusive process they employed in developing it.
If chosen as a recipient of the $10 million grant (paid over five years), Sullivan plans to expand its offerings and further develop its community support programs to give students the professional skills necessary to obtain careers based on their choice, rather than their circumstances.
The Super School Project is a $50 million national challenge sponsored by the XQ Institute, which announced a national competition for new ideas on how high school instruction should work in the 21st century global economy. At the end of the XQ Challenge, five schools across the country will receive $10 million each to implement their ideas and be recognized as an example of innovation and effectiveness for other schools to emulate.
Principal Adams and his team are eager for feedback on their proposal from community stakeholders and residents. Next Tuesday night’s community meeting is a critical element of the application process and it is important for all residents who care about our neighborhood schools to attend.
I hope to see you there.