I have some very exciting news. Sullivan High School has been selected to represent Chicago in anationwide competition to receive a $10 million grant to redesign the school.
Entitled XQ: The Super School Project, the competition hopes to inspire teams of educators, students, and community leaders from high schools across the nation to come up with new plans for their schools. The project challenges the nation to re-imagine what a high school in our nation should look like so that it can better prepare students for the rigorous challenges of college, jobs, and life in the 21st century.
Over the next several months, the teams will undertake an intensive five-round application process in which they develop a plan to redesign their high school. The final proposal could include plans to radically alter school schedules, curricula and technologies.
By next August, a team of judges will pick five of the best ideas to finance. Each school will receive $10 million over five years to completely redesign their school.
Sullivan was selected through a district-wide process led by the Mayor’s office, Thrive Chicago, and other local education non-profits.
The challenge asks teachers, staff, students and community residents to come together to talk about our values and needs in education. I am excited to work through the process with Principal Chad Adams (right) and the entire Sullivan High School team. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our incredible high school and envision what this prize could mean for future Sullivan students.
Many steps remain in the application process. Sullivan’s next submission in the competition is due in February. I’ll keep you posted on the progress and enlist your help as a community resident.
In the meantime, let’s congratulate Principal Chad Adams and his team at Sullivan for being selected to represent Chicago in this exciting competition!