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A Million-Dollar Idea by Natalie Costa The school district’s vision for a high-school curriculum based on real-world problem-solving earns SCPS a $1 million award Y ou can solve a lot of problems with a million bucks, and a team of students and district leaders with Seminole County Public Schools hopes to do just that with a recent $1 million award from the XQ National Super School Project. XQ is a movement committed to a new model of learning that unites educators, students, and businesses. The organization recently challenged school districts throughout the country to submit concept proposals for a new kind of high-school curriculum and handed out major grants to the best proposals of the bunch. More than 700 teams participated in this year’s competition, and SCPS was the only school district in Florida to During an announcement by the XQ National Super School Project, the PSI High proposal team learns that its idea earned SCPS $1 million to bring the concept to life. bring home a reward. The SCPS team submitted a proposal for Problem Solving Incubator High School, or PSI High. At this conceptual school, students would earn high-school credit for solving real-world problems by partnering with businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations in the community. The idea was borne from the hard work and dedication of Seminole County students, teachers, and district officials who worked hand-in-hand with Derek Jensen, the manager of digital and blended curriculum for SCPS. We Are Socrates Socrates Preparatory School Now Accepting Applications 3955 Red Bug Lake Rd. | Casselberry | 321-422-0825 Grades 1-12 • A nonprofit 501(c)(3) • SOCPREP.ORG 88 | Oviedo-Winter Springs Life • November/December 2016