Collaboration with the XQ Institute to Rethink High School

EIF is collaborating with the XQ Institute on its Super School Project to help communities reshape high school so it prepares every student for success in college, career, and life.

XQ: The Super School Project initially launched in September 2015 on EIF’s “Think It Up” education telecast as an open call for ideas to rethink and redesign the American high school. To date, XQ has pledged $115 million to a growing number of the most promising ideas, actively supporting these teams on their journeys to become Super Schools.

“EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live,” a roadblock telecast, was held on Sept. 8, 2017, with live musical, comedy, and documentary segments that brought to life the past, present and future of the American high school system. Viola Davis and Julius Tennon were among the executive producers of the star-studded one-hour special, which aired on all four broadcast networks and streamed live on Hulu and YouTube. An array of stars from various fields appeared in the telecast, including J.J. Abrams, Mahershala Ali, Kelsea Ballerini, Cate Blanchett, Chance the Rapper, Common, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Kevin Frazier, Bill Hader, Tom Hanks, Salma Hayek Pinault, Sean Hayes, Samuel L. Jackson, Allison Janney, DJ Khaled, Gayle King, Norman Lear, Marshawn Lynch, Rami Malek, Lin-Manuel Miranda, David Muir, Randall Park, Al Roker, Christian Slater, Justin Timberlake, Chris Wallace, and Jesse Williams, among others.

The telecast provided insight into how educators, parents, school administrators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and students can effect change and offered tools to initiate the process within communities.
Musical performers included Kelly Clarkson, Andra Day, Hunter Hayes and Jordan Fisher. The show culminated in a moving finale of The Beatles’ “Come Together” led by Jennifer Hudson with Jon Boogz, Sheryl Crow, MC Hammer, Sheila E., JAX, Ringo Starr, Reggie Watts, Max Weinberg and Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, D’Wayne Wiggins, the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, and U2.


Through this collaboration, EIF and the XQ Institute encourage the American public to rethink high school.

XQ: The Super School Project, a competition inviting Americans to submit proposals to do that, launched on a network roadblock telecast. People across the country self-assembled into teams, starting a movement to transform high school education in their areas. Over 170,000 supporters from all 50 states have been involved to date.