XQ: The Super School Project

XQ Institute | End-to-End Product Development

The XQ Institute set out to create a revolutionary education movement by challenging America to rethink high school. Our team partnered with XQ, bringing the expertise and skills needed to help XQ realize its vision.

Our contributions: project management; data management; development; UX design; visual design; animation production; concept development; strategy; workshop facilitation; storytelling; data analysis.

Expanding Movement

XQ: The Super School Challenge is just one part of a much bigger movement to bring change to American education. XQ enlisted our team to help educate activists about problems in Ed Policy and how to create change.

Connecting Applicants

On the XQ website, we created tools to help applicants to the Super School Challenge connect with each other and form teams.

Fostering Teamwork

These teams of strangers need help cooperating. We developed the XQ Canvas, a tool to help new teams learn how to workshop together.

Coaching Applicants

XQ wanted parents, teachers, or students who were new to the educational field to take part in the school design process. These applicants were going to need a crash course in the finer points of Ed Policy.

Young people need to know how to think critically and solve problems creatively and collaboratively.
Today, people are much more likely to change jobs every few years. 
Traditional subject areas like English, math, and science are still important—the challenge now is for students to learn more deeply across these areas and apply their knowledge to everyday life.
Agility and diversity are more important than ever.
Agility and diversity are more important than ever.
FACT: Student demographics and the workplace of the future are changing rapidly.
Today’s global society demands new thinking skills and higher levels of educational achievement. By understanding the knowledge and skills young people need to succeed in the real world, we can start to design learning environments fit for the 21st Century. How can we help young people to be creative and self-reliant, discover what they love, master what they learn, and apply what they know to the challenges that matter to them?
To embark on the journey of creating a Super School that’s innovative, and engaging, and prepares students for a thriving future, you have to start by understanding young people. For more information and inspiration, download the full module.
What do young people need to learn today in order to succeed in the future?
Examine the high schools that already exist in the community you want to work in. How well are they serving young people, and what gaps do you see? Who does not benefit from high school opportunities, and why? How is the youth population in the community changing? How is it likely to change in the next several years? What demands and opportunities will adolescents in the community will face in higher education, the workforce, and civic life?
“Post secondary education is really important for everyone today because a high school diploma is no longer a ticket to the middle class.”

Planning Ahead

To help XQ understand the people in the movement, we use the persona method to analyze the types of people who are participating, and their needs.