Magazine article Variety

Kelly Clarkson

Magazine article Variety

Kelly Clarkson

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THE MUSIC SUPERSTAR IS WORKING WITH XQ INSTITUTE TO HELP REINVENT THE TEACHING OF HIGH-SCHOOL CURRICULA

KELLY CLARKSON learned some of the most important lessons in her life from her mom, a retired schoolteacher from Texas. "I've always been into education because my mom is an educator," the Grammy-winning singer says. "Teachers don't make a lot of money. But she put her whole heart into it." ¶ That's why Clarkson is shining a light on XQ Institute, a nonprofit backed by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs. In 2015, the group launched a $115 million program called XQ: The Super School Project to find ways to redesign high schools across the nation, so that students can get a better education through innovative curricula, alternative teaching techniques and more advanced technology. ¶ After soliciting suggestions from the public in an open call, 10 schools were selected as XQ Super Schools, each one more different than the next. For example, in Los Angeles, a school is devoted to serving homeless youths. …

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