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Laurene Powell Jobs: Injecting Innovation into Intractable Systems

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Laurene Powell Jobs, in conversation with Stanford Engineering Professor Tom Byers, shares her path to entrepreneurship and her strong commitment to addressing massive challenges in education and immigration reform through College Track and Emerson Collective, organizations she founded to spark systemic change and improve lives at the individual level.

XQ Institute Announces 10 Winners of ‘Super Schools’ Competition (EdSurge News)

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What event can bring together the likes of Jill Biden, MC Hammer, Geoffrey Canada, Nancy Pelosi, and a crowd of educators, students and investors? The official announcement of winners of the XQ: Super School Project.In September 2015, Laurene Powell Jobs and the nonprofit Emerson Collective challeng


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Laurene Powell Jobs Gives Away $100 Million to Reinvent High Schools

Laurene Powell Jobs has given away $100 million to 10 schools, with the goal of reinventing the high school. Ms. Jobs is the widow of Steve Jobs, the legendary co-founder of Apple. She is very active in the corporate reform movement. She is on the boards of Teach for America, NewSchools Venture Fund, and Stand for Children.


The ten prizes come from XQ: The Super School Project. The high school redesign competition has financial backing from the Emerson Collective, an organization launched by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

“The Super School Project was born out of the conviction and commitment that every child from every background has a right to a quality education that prepares them for a future none of us can easily predict,” said Russlynn Ali, the chief executive officer of the XQ Institute, in a press release. (Ali has long worked in the education policy arena, including a stint as an assistant secretary for civil rights in the Obama administration.)

Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in D.C., recalls the efforts of the New American Schools Development Corporation, which held a competition in 1991 to redesign the American school. It gave away $50 million. No traces remain.


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Laurene Powell Jobs Gives Away $100 Million to Reinvent High Schools

Laurene Powell Jobs has given away $100 million to 10 schools, with the goal of reinventing the high school. Ms. Jobs is the widow of Steve Jobs, the legendary co-founder of Apple. She is very active in the corporate reform movement. She is on the boards of Teach for America, NewSchools Venture Fund, and Stand for Children.


The ten prizes come from XQ: The Super School Project. The high school redesign competition has financial backing from the Emerson Collective, an organization launched by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

“The Super School Project was born out of the conviction and commitment that every child from every background has a right to a quality education that prepares them for a future none of us can easily predict,” said Russlynn Ali, the chief executive officer of the XQ Institute, in a press release. (Ali has long worked in the education policy arena, including a stint as an assistant secretary for civil rights in the Obama administration.)

Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in D.C., recalls the efforts of the New American Schools Development Corporation, which held a competition in 1991 to redesign the American school. It gave away $50 million. No traces remain.


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I have two collections of works by Ralph Waldo Emerson. One is nearly 100 years old. The other is from Barnes & Noble and is twelve years old. Unfortunately, though they have some of the same works in them, for the most part they have different essays and poems, so I’m keeping both works.

Emerson was a pretty fascinating guy. He was sort of old-fashioned and yet revolutionary in his ideas, and his works very much reflect that. His most popular work is probably “Nature,” which yields some great quotes, but I actually tend to like his poems more. However, the two are often connected–he’ll be in the middle of an essay and out pops a short poem, before he continues on with the essay–and I think that’s what makes reading him so fun. Y’all know that I like mixed media, and Emerson is no exception.

He stays!

Laurene Powell Jobs donates $100M to reinvent US high schools

Laurene Powell Jobs donates $100M to reinvent US high schools

Laurene Powell Jobs, president of the Emerson Collective charity and widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, this week awarded ten high schools $10 million each as part of a project to foster innovative ideas in education. Source: Laurene Powell Jobs donates $100M to reinvent US high schools

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Laurene Powell Jobs doles out $100 million in bid to remake schools for high tech age

“Teachers at Washington Leadership Academy, one of the city’s newest charter high schools, long ago decided all students would learn chemistry. But they couldn’t afford a fully outfitted chemistry lab, let alone the services of a qualified teacher,” Greg Toppo reports for USA Today. “So they’re hiring developers to build a scientifically accurate, virtual-reality chemistry lab that someday, they…

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Laurene Powell Jobs is donating $10 million to each of these 10 innovative schools

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A year after announcing she’d give away $50 million to innovative schools, Laurene Powell Jobs is doubling down on her offer.

Powell Jobs, the president of the Emerson Collective charity and widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, announced on September 14 that her education initiative, XQ: The Super School Project, will split up $100 million in grant money between 10 unique schools around the US.

Since the initiative’s open call last September, XQ received nearly 700 proposals for how to redesign the modern high school. 

“We were trying something new, and when you try something new you don’t know where it’s going to lead and how it’s going to unfold,” Powell Jobs told USA Today.

After a year of review, XQ narrowed the list of 696 schools down to just 10 that will receiving $10 million apiece —XQ is calling them “Super Schools.”

“Every Super School is different,” the XQ website states, whether it’s in the school’s use of technology, collaboration, scheduling, or physical space.” But together, the schools confront a wide range of challenges and leave few opportunities unmet.”

Here’s the list of winners, in no particular order:

Design Lab High, Newark, Delaware

Opened in August 2015, Design Lab High treats education like an exercise in Research & Development. Students learn, build, tinker, and explore problems through prototypes, podcasts, and enriching field trips in virtual reality, XQ explains.

FURR Institute for Innovative Thinking, Houston, Texas

At Furr High School, lessons from environmental and nutritional sciences underpin students’ education. The large public high school structures many courses in the style of university seminars, and students partner with nearby college students to work on research projects dedicated to improving environmental sustainability.

Challenge High, Vista, California

Personalized learning strategies are typically best implemented in small schools. Challenge High has 2,600 kids, but students there get detailed plans for their four years and work in “immersive technology-rich environments.” That technology allows them to pursue challenge-based learning that follows the standards set by the UN Sustainability Goals.

Brooklyn Lab, Brooklyn, New York

Even in New York City, students can miss out on cutting-edge learning and major career opportunities. Brooklyn Lab charter school connects students to industry experts, universities, and artists to get families involved with the new economy, XQ states.

Grand Rapids Public Museum High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan

XQ states that “the museum is the school and the community is the classroom” at this high school, where a quarter of a million cultural artifacts are available to both students and the surrounding community. The school also calls on scientists and field experts to supplement teachers’ lessons and get kids thinking about the world outside their hometown bubble.

New Harmony High, Venice, Louisiana

New Harmony’s central learning space will sit on a moored barge, XQ explains, and other classrooms will reside in the Mississippi Delta. Students can do internships in offices, labs, and on fishing vessels to learn about climate change. The goal is to prepare kids for adult life by placing them directly in the environment where many will soon be spending their working hours.

Washington Leadership Academy, Washington, District of Columbia

Smack-dab in the nation’s capital, the charter school provides low-income students with the opportunities to use MakerSpaces, experience international travel in virtual reality, and get visits from real-world professionals. XQ says holographic instruction is also in the works.

Summit Elevate, Oakland, California

For their XQ proposal, Summit Public Schools joined forces with California College of the Arts (CCA), design firm Gensler, Silicon Schools Fund, Oakland Unified School District, and the Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf to launch Summit Elevate. Students in the program drive their own education and get completely personalized learning with help from technology and advisors.

Powderhouse Studios, Somerville, Massachusetts

A nonprofit working with Somerville public schools created a high school modeled after the animation company Pixar. The school emphasizes creativity, research and development. Each student will have access to a support team made up of a social worker and personal project manager. Kids can work year-round and collaborate with local artists and scientists to realize big projects.

RISE High, Los Angeles, California

Proposed charter school RISE High was designed to accommodate homeless youth and those in the foster care system, who are 87% more likely to drop out of high school. RISE will exist in multiple locations, each of which will come with transportation services to help give kids rides to school. Students will learn through projects and get competence-based assessments that focus on what they learn, not how much time they spend in a classroom.

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A year after announcing she’d give away $50 million to innovative schools, Laurene Powell Jobs is doubling down on her offer.

Powell Jobs, the president of the Emerson Collective charity and widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, announced on September 14 that her education initiative, XQ: The Super School Project, will split up $100 million in grant money between 10 unique schools around the US.

Since the initiative’s open call last September, XQ received nearly 700 proposals for how to redesign the modern high school. 

“We were trying something new, and when you try something new you don’t know where it’s going to lead and how it’s going to unfold,” Powell Jobs told USA Today.

After a year of review, XQ narrowed the list of 696 schools down to just 10 that will receiving $10 million apiece —XQ is calling them “Super Schools.”

“Every Super School is different,” the XQ website states, whether it’s in the school’s use of technology, collaboration, scheduling, or physical space.“ But together, the schools confront a wide range of challenges and leave few opportunities unmet.”

Here’s the list of winners, in no particular order:

Design Lab High, Newark, Delaware

Opened in August 2015, Design Lab High treats education like an exercise in Research & Development. Students learn, build, tinker, and explore problems through prototypes, podcasts, and enriching field trips in virtual reality, XQ explains.

FURR Institute for Innovative Thinking, Houston, Texas

At Furr High School, lessons from environmental and nutritional sciences underpin students’ education. The large public high school structures many courses in the style of university seminars, and students partner with nearby college students to work on research projects dedicated to improving environmental sustainability.

Challenge High, Vista, California

Personalized learning strategies are typically best implemented in small schools. Challenge High has 2,600 kids, but students there get detailed plans for their four years and work in “immersive technology-rich environments.” That technology allows them to pursue challenge-based learning that follows the standards set by the UN Sustainability Goals.

Brooklyn Lab, Brooklyn, New York

Even in New York City, students can miss out on cutting-edge learning and major career opportunities. Brooklyn Lab charter school connects students to industry experts, universities, and artists to get families involved with the new economy, XQ states.

Grand Rapids Public Museum High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan

XQ states that “the museum is the school and the community is the classroom” at this high school, where a quarter of a million cultural artifacts are available to both students and the surrounding community. The school also calls on scientists and field experts to supplement teachers’ lessons and get kids thinking about the world outside their hometown bubble.

New Harmony High, Venice, Louisiana

New Harmony’s central learning space will sit on a moored barge, XQ explains, and other classrooms will reside in the Mississippi Delta. Students can do internships in offices, labs, and on fishing vessels to learn about climate change. The goal is to prepare kids for adult life by placing them directly in the environment where many will soon be spending their working hours.

Washington Leadership Academy, Washington, District of Columbia

Smack-dab in the nation’s capital, the charter school provides low-income students with the opportunities to use MakerSpaces, experience international travel in virtual reality, and get visits from real-world professionals. XQ says holographic instruction is also in the works.

Summit Elevate, Oakland, California

For their XQ proposal, Summit Public Schools joined forces with California College of the Arts (CCA), design firm Gensler, Silicon Schools Fund, Oakland Unified School District, and the Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf to launch Summit Elevate. Students in the program drive their own education and get completely personalized learning with help from technology and advisors.

Powderhouse Studios, Somerville, Massachusetts

A nonprofit working with Somerville public schools created a high school modeled after the animation company Pixar. The school emphasizes creativity, research and development. Each student will have access to a support team made up of a social worker and personal project manager. Kids can work year-round and collaborate with local artists and scientists to realize big projects.

RISE High, Los Angeles, California

Proposed charter school RISE High was designed to accommodate homeless youth and those in the foster care system, who are 87% more likely to drop out of high school. RISE will exist in multiple locations, each of which will come with transportation services to help give kids rides to school. Students will learn through projects and get competence-based assessments that focus on what they learn, not how much time they spend in a classroom.

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Laurene Powell Jobs is donating $10 million to each of these 10 innovative schools

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A year after announcing she’d give away $50 million to innovative schools, Laurene Powell Jobs is doubling down on her offer.

Powell Jobs, the president of the Emerson Collective charity and widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, announced on September 14 that her education initiative, XQ: The Super School Project, will split up $100 million in grant money between 10 unique schools around the US.

Since the initiative’s open call last September, XQ received nearly 700 proposals for how to redesign the modern high school. 

“We were trying something new, and when you try something new you don’t know where it’s going to lead and how it’s going to unfold,” Powell Jobs told USA Today.

After a year of review, XQ narrowed the list of 696 schools down to just 10 that will receiving $10 million apiece —XQ is calling them “Super Schools.”

“Every Super School is different,” the XQ website states, whether it’s in the school’s use of technology, collaboration, scheduling, or physical space.“ But together, the schools confront a wide range of challenges and leave few opportunities unmet.”

Here’s the list of winners, in no particular order:

Design Lab High, Newark, Delaware

Opened in August 2015, Design Lab High treats education like an exercise in Research & Development. Students learn, build, tinker, and explore problems through prototypes, podcasts, and enriching field trips in virtual reality, XQ explains.

FURR Institute for Innovative Thinking, Houston, Texas

At Furr High School, lessons from environmental and nutritional sciences underpin students’ education. The large public high school structures many courses in the style of university seminars, and students partner with nearby college students to work on research projects dedicated to improving environmental sustainability.

Challenge High, Vista, California

Personalized learning strategies are typically best implemented in small schools. Challenge High has 2,600 kids, but students there get detailed plans for their four years and work in “immersive technology-rich environments.” That technology allows them to pursue challenge-based learning that follows the standards set by the UN Sustainability Goals.

Brooklyn Lab, Brooklyn, New York

Even in New York City, students can miss out on cutting-edge learning and major career opportunities. Brooklyn Lab charter school connects students to industry experts, universities, and artists to get families involved with the new economy, XQ states.

Grand Rapids Public Museum High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan

XQ states that “the museum is the school and the community is the classroom” at this high school, where a quarter of a million cultural artifacts are available to both students and the surrounding community. The school also calls on scientists and field experts to supplement teachers’ lessons and get kids thinking about the world outside their hometown bubble.

New Harmony High, Venice, Louisiana

New Harmony’s central learning space will sit on a moored barge, XQ explains, and other classrooms will reside in the Mississippi Delta. Students can do internships in offices, labs, and on fishing vessels to learn about climate change. The goal is to prepare kids for adult life by placing them directly in the environment where many will soon be spending their working hours.

Washington Leadership Academy, Washington, District of Columbia

Smack-dab in the nation’s capital, the charter school provides low-income students with the opportunities to use MakerSpaces, experience international travel in virtual reality, and get visits from real-world professionals. XQ says holographic instruction is also in the works.

Summit Elevate, Oakland, California

For their XQ proposal, Summit Public Schools joined forces with California College of the Arts (CCA), design firm Gensler, Silicon Schools Fund, Oakland Unified School District, and the Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf to launch Summit Elevate. Students in the program drive their own education and get completely personalized learning with help from technology and advisors.

Powderhouse Studios, Somerville, Massachusetts

A nonprofit working with Somerville public schools created a high school modeled after the animation company Pixar. The school emphasizes creativity, research and development. Each student will have access to a support team made up of a social worker and personal project manager. Kids can work year-round and collaborate with local artists and scientists to realize big projects.

RISE High, Los Angeles, California

Proposed charter school RISE High was designed to accommodate homeless youth and those in the foster care system, who are 87% more likely to drop out of high school. RISE will exist in multiple locations, each of which will come with transportation services to help give kids rides to school. Students will learn through projects and get competence-based assessments that focus on what they learn, not how much time they spend in a classroom.

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“Laurene Powell Jobs is using the vast fortune left to her by her husband, late Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, to tackle the one institution that has changed little in more than a century: education,” Leena Rao for Fortune.

“‘It’s not that our high school system was not designed well, but that it was designed in 1906 when the country was just out of the industrial era,’ Powell said…

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