DIG Member Awards

Congratulations to our XQ Super School Winners !
Grand Rapids Public Museum High School and Design-Lab High received the $10 million XQ Super School Award a in Washington D.C.

In 2015, Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, and the nonprofit Emerson Collective challenged the country to redesign the American high school with the launch of the XQ: Super School Project. “There is a huge gap between what students want for their future and what their schools are offering,” Powell Jobs told the New York Times. 

On September 14, 2016, Laurene Powell Jobs and XQ Institute CEO Russlynn Ali took the stage in Washington, D.C. to announce the winners, selected from approximately 700 applicants. The campaign was originally a $50 million effort intended to provide five school model designers with $10 million over the next five years.  However, the total came closer to $102 million, distributed across ten “super schools” and a few runner-ups.  The awards were delivered with the message from Powell Jobs that “This is only the beginning” and her encouragement to continue efforts to “rethink high school” – the slogan of XQ’s Super School campaign.  

Two of the ten schools across the country selected as winners of the $100 million XQ Super Schools Challenge have NAEA and Design Interest Group members on their teams. Cindy Todd is on the winning team for the Grand Rapids Public Museum High School in Michigan and Dr. Martin Rayala is Co-Founder of Design-Lab High in Delaware, a Super School for innovative students in grades 9-12, based on using design thinking for college preparatory, rigorous, hands-on learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, Media & Design. The XQ Super School designation comes with a $10 million award for each school and collaborative support over five years to rethink high schools for the 21st century.  Learn more about the XQ Super School project at http://xqsuperschool.org.

It's that time of year again! 
Please submit your nomination for a deserving candidate for Design Interest Group 2017 Outstanding Design Educator Award.

Recipient must be an active DIG member who has contributed exemplary leadership and impact in Design Education. A complete nomination packet must include:
  1. A letter of nomination from a current DIG member that speaks to the candidate’s service to DIG and clearly addresses the criteria specified above

  2. At least two letters of support from DIG members

  3. Candidate’s curriculum vitae/resume

  4. Candidate's contact information, including telephone number, email address, and mailing address
It is the responsibility of the member nominating the candidate to ensure that the nomination packet is complete. Nominations and support materials must be submitted by Friday, February 10, 2016. 

Send all nomination materials to Rande Blank, Chair for DIG at rblank@uarts.edu

Rande Blank
Director, Art Education
Assistant Professor
Department of Art + Design Education
215.717.6050 (office)
215.530.8085 (mobile)