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New Harmony High

September 16, 2016

If I ever take a big break from writing about teaching in New Orleans, it’s because I’m writing about something else. Here is the something else!

Last fall, I joined a team of dedicated educators and dreamers entering a competition seeking completely new and innovative designs for high school education. Our team’s vision: to merge student-centered learning with the fundamental environmental and economic challenges facing south Louisiana. The competition, known as  XQ: Super School Project, promised to award prizes of $10 M over 5 years to winning proposals. am excited to announce that XQ Institute selected our proposal, among more than 700 entries, as a winner. Thanks to this award, New Harmony High will be opening to Louisiana students in the Fall of 2018!

New Harmony High will be a game-changing public high school, using students’ passions, talents, and skills to address the very real challenge of coastal change. Bobbie Hill, New Harmony High team lead, sums up our vision: “Our dream for New Harmony High is to create an environment for students to explore the connections between their individual interests, their local communities, and the world. Through a robust real-world teaching and learning model, the school will directly integrate student learning with a dominant issue for our region – coastal restoration.”

As a first step, our team will begin an extensive community-engagement process to ensure that New Harmony High is a school that puts students at the center of their own learning, and at the center of our community needs. We plan to initiate community meetings as early as October 2016. To learn more about our vision, about upcoming community events, and to follow our progress visit

Join us on this new adventure to make New Harmony High a Super School for Louisiana.

The New Harmony High Team

Aaron Frumin
Amanda Kruger Hill
Andrew Frishman
Bobbie Hill
Bryan Lee, Jr.
Casey Coleman
Elliot Washor
Heidi Andrade
Kirsten Breckinridge
Michael Stimpfel
Nolan Marshall, Jr.
Richie Blink
Steve Cochran
Steven Bingler
Sunny Dawn Summers

About XQ: The Super School Project:

XQ: The Super School Project launched in September 2015 as an open call to rethink and design the next American high school. Thousands of School Builders, and tens of thousands of supporters from towns and cities across all 50 states 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.

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 create new pathways to success for students. For more information, visit, and 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

More articles found here: Restore the Mississippi River Delta and The Times Picayune and Biz New Orleans.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jessica Carmon permalink
    September 16, 2016 9:12 am

    This is so exciting! Let us know how we can support New Harmony High School from Alabama!!!

  2. Deirdre Lewis permalink
    September 16, 2016 9:49 am

    Amazing!!! Congratulations Miss Sunny!

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. September 16, 2016 9:00 pm

    shut the eff up! you are amazing. congrats girl. xoxooxxo

    ​ Rachel Bearbower Executive Director

    *Girls on the Run of WestSound*


    learn . dream . live . *run*

    On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 7:27 AM, New to the Orleans wrote:

    > sunnydawnsummers posted: “ If I > ever take a big break from writing about teaching in New Orleans, it’s > because I’m writing about something else. Here is the something else! Last > fall, I joined a team of dedicated educators and dreame” >

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