Trung Le – who will be working with the two UXXU teams tackling the redesign of public education – wrote a great piece this month for Fast Company. It’s a profile of legendary educator Stephanie Pace Marshall, whom – we’re thrilled to announce – is also joining us to work with the public education teams!
Her name comes up in almost any discussion about transforming education: Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall. Dr. Marshall is the founding president (1986-2007) and president emeritus of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), an internationally-renowned, publicly-funded residential high-school (10th to 12th grade) that emphasizes a curriculum in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Dr. Marshall’s first mandate in developing the concept for this decidedly new learning experience was: “Let’s not call it a school but rather a ‘center for inquiry and imagination.’” When IMSA’s funding was in jeopardy, Dr. Marshall legendarily brought her students to the Illinois state capitol and set up classes in the rotunda. There they conducted physics and chemistry experiments, spoke Japanese and Russian, staged a scene from a Shakespearean play, and met with legislators. IMSA’s funding agreement was rectified.
Read the complete Fast Company article.