An innovative real-world learning experience designed to teach high school students how to work together to solve real problems.
How It Works
Teams of students solve real business problems for real businesses.
The District C Mindsets
District C defines four mindsets that students build throughout their C Squad experience. With an eye towards the future of work, District C has defined these mindsets based on a review of education and labor-trends research, interviews with talent specialists from national companies, input from student and parents, and our own professional experience.
1. GROWTH. The C Squad experience teaches critical mindsets and tools.
Technology has changed everything. In the digital age, information is at our fingertips. Memorizing facts and figures is now less important than figuring out how to make sense of overwhelming amounts of information to solve big problems and seize big opportunities. The world needs thinkers who can break down increasingly complex problems, doers who will persevere in the face of failure and uncertainty, and collaborators who know how to bring together diverse people and ideas.
Developing and leveraging these mindsets is a lifelong journey. Practicing these mindsets leads to confidence, competence, and the ability to effect change. The C Squad experience will get your students started and give them the tools to keep growing.
-- Parul Shah, District C parent
2. DIVERSITY. C Squad is an opportunity to learn from and build relationships with a diverse set of peers.
The best ideas are informed by unique perspectives, and unique perspectives start with diversity. District C supports schools in building Squads of four students from different schools, backgrounds, and cultures. Squads are made up of students who bring unique skill sets, different world views, and personal passions and motivations.
C Squads are not about cliques or exclusions, but rather committed students who are inspired by the opportunity to learn from peers who are different from them.
3. IMPACT. C Squad work is real work.
C Squads work with real businesses that have real problems to solve. Past examples include:
Creating a plan to help a sports retail company improve its employee training practices
Working with a fitness technology company to improve a new app design
Developing a strategy to help a local startup company recruit and manage a team of national brand ambassadors
Regardless of the problem, Squads engage in real work that has real consequences and the potential to make a meaningful impact.
4. COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE. Students emerge from C Squad with a unique experience that will set them apart on applications for internships, jobs, and college.
C Squad work -- pushing through the positive struggle that comes with tackling a novel problem, working with a diverse set of peers to achieve a common goal, using design thinking principles to develop robust solutions, and presenting ideas and solutions to real business stakeholders -- gives students a set of real-world experiences that any college or potential employer will want to hear more about.