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Walkabout chosen as finalist for $10,000,000 in funding from the XQ Super School Project

wef-pinwheel-logo-2016_300x300The Walkabout Education Foundation (WEF) has been working tirelessly to reinvent Walkabout and we’ve been recognized for their efforts by some heavy hitters.  XQ: The Super School Project is awarding $10MM to five different applicants and they have selected The Walkabout Consilient School (our vision of Walkabout 2.0) as one of 50 finalists.  In two weeks they will announce the winners and we want to do everything we can to push it over the finish line.

YOU CAN HELP!!!  (We need you…)

Be part of the grassroots groundswell of support for Walkabout by posting how Walkabout helped you.  Be sure to include the following hashtags so we get exposure on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and elsewhere:

  • #ReThinkHighSchool — this is XQ’s hashtag
  • #WalkaboutWorks — this one is ours

***When posting on Instagram (or Tumblr, Facebook, etc.) and sharing through to Twitter, make sure the tags appear in the first 140 characters of your post! 

 ALSO MAKE SURE TO TWEET/POST DIRECTLY: @XQAmerica on Twitter & Instagram to get their attention!

Reach out to your classmates, parents, your old high school teachers, guidance counselor or principal, and let them know to do the same!  You can also like the XQ FB page and the WEF FB page.  To stay informed (alumni and others), be sure that you’ve signed up at walkabout.org.

POSTING IDEAS / SAMPLES:

>>Here’s a sample post from a student: “Deep gratitude to Walkabout for giving me the support and guidance I needed to take ownership of my education.”
#rethinkhighschool  #walkaboutworks  @xqamerica

>>Here’s a sample post from a parent or supporter: “Best of luck Walkabout Consilient School!  It’s great to see @XQAmerica recognizing that you’re reinventing the American high school.”
#rethinkhighschool  #walkaboutworks  @xqamerica

***Of course, use YOUR words, and experiences in your tweets and posts @XQAmerica!

THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:

Walkabout needs your help — your positive, sustained, relentless, sharing, posting, and tagging — to make sure XQ America / Super School project know we are 1500+ alumni strong, from 37 years of success, and it’s proven that WALKABOUT WORKS!

Click on the image below to check out the XQ SuperSchool competition/project page:

Walkabout Consilient School is a FINALIST in the XQ America competition!!

Here’s the Press Release with all the details…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Walkabout Consilient School Selected as Finalist in the XQ Super School Project, Currently in the Running for $10MM in Funding

Katonah, New York – Friday, July 22, 2016 – The Walkabout Consilient School (WCS) has been selected as a finalist in XQ: The Super School Project, a national challenge to rethink high school. On July 20th, XQ officials chose fifty finalists from a pool of 700 applicants. On August 4th, each of the five winning applicants will be awarded $10MM to bring their schools to life.

“We couldn’t be more excited to see our work recognized by XQ. The Walkabout Consilient School builds on 37 years of success in experiential education and we believe it is the reinvention of the American high school.”   —Ben Wild,  Executive Director, Walkabout Education Foundation

The Walkabout Consilient School is the creation of faculty and alumni from the Walkabout Program, which was available to high school seniors throughout Putnam and Westchester counties. For almost 40 years, this program helped disengaged students take ownership of their education. The U.S. Department of Education recognized The Walkabout Program as one of the top 40 experiential education programs in the United States.

The Walkabout Consilient School is the team’s vision for the new American high school. Building on the original program’s proven success, this public high school model gives students the tools to grow into resilient, self-reliant adults with the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in college and career. Students gain these skills by engaging in self-directed experiential learning as part of a rigorous, multidisciplinary curriculum in a supportive, inclusive and collaborative environment. The consilient curriculum engages students in 5 Challenge Areas: Wilderness Expeditions, Service Learning, Applied Academics, Career Internship and Presentation. This transformation occurs in a challenge-oriented culture that requires students to take risks and move beyond their perceived limitations.

For more information about The Walkabout Consilient School contact info@walkabout.org or go to walkabout.org.

For an in-depth preview of this innovative school model watch the new video available here: walkabout.org/why.

For more information about XQ: The Super School Project visit xqsuperschool.org.

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— Walkabout Education Foundation —

The Walkabout Education Foundation was formed in 2013 as an independent, non-­profit organization to advocate for and expand experiential education programs in the Walkabout model. This unique approach prepares high school students with the practical skills and transferable knowledge to lead active, purposeful and community-centered lives. The foundation was founded by alumni and faculty of the Walkabout Program, a highly selective program for high school seniors. For almost 40 years, Walkabout helped disengaged students find meaningful engagement in school and life. The U.S. Department of Education named The Walkabout Program one of the top 40 experiential education programs in the U.S.