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School Reopening Resources, Tips, and Examples for Educators

The fall brings with it a new school year. This year that school year is the most uncertain in history. COV...

What is Project-Based Learning?

*As part of our ongoing work to #ReThinkHighSchool, we created a series of long-form posts that seek to exp...

XQ+RI’s TAPA Is on a Journey to Create a School that Is High Love and High Rigor

The Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is one of two XQ schools in Rhode Island that receive X...

Lessons from a Promising Denver High School That Will Not Open   

Compass Academy, an innovative middle school in southwest Denver, specializes in providing students an enga...

Students in a school hallway

School Reopening Resources, Tips, and Examples for Educators

The fall brings with it a new school year. This year that school year is the most uncertain in history. COV...

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Student touching plants

What is Project-Based Learning?

*As part of our ongoing work to #ReThinkHighSchool, we created a series of long-form posts that seek to exp...

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XQ+RI Design Days Grant Awardee Celebration at Providence State House, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

XQ+RI’s TAPA Is on a Journey to Create a School that Is High Love and High Rigor

The Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is one of two XQ schools in Rhode Island that receive X...

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Lessons from a Promising Denver High School That Will Not Open   

Compass Academy, an innovative middle school in southwest Denver, specializes in providing students an enga...

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A Guide for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

At XQ, we envision a world where students develop knowledge, insights, problem-solving skills, self-confide...

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What is Student-Centered Learning and Why is it Important?

Student engagement is a perpetual issue for high schools across America. Too many students describe high sc...

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What Is Inquiry-Based Learning? (IBL)

It’s no secret that student engagement matters. And inquiry-based learning is just one of many ways to be...

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How Rhode Island Is Using Remote Learning Insights to Rethink High School

Rhode Island’s new XQ and Accelerator schools are rethinking high school to respond to a national moment....

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Remote Learning Insights: The Role of the Student Is Shifting

In response to school closures across the country, we’re seeing policymakers, educators, and students shi...

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Social Emotional Learning & Why It Matters in the Wake of COVID-19

📸  Photo by @femtakesphotos for #ByStudents ForStudentsAs all of us confront the realities of school...

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Here’s what these D.C. teachers are bringing back from a school visit to L.A.

When thinking of innovation in education, what’s the best way to share ideas? An email? A webinar? A Powe...

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Helping Your Teen Get the Most out of High School

What It’s Like to Be a Parent at a High School With a New School Model When it comes to rethinking hi...

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Tips on Creating an Inclusive School and Why It Matters

Inclusion in education has traditionally meant making sure students with disabilities are integrated into g...

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High school redesign in Rhode Island offers lessons for all communities

XQ+RI Teams Reflect on Six Months of Getting Real and Thinking Big in order to Serve ALL Students  Four in...

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Rethinking equity in education with an XQ school leader

Simply put, equity means being fair and impartial. But what does that mean in the setting of a school? Trad...

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Bold is the goal in rethinking New York City high schools

As part of XQ’s commitment to sharing what we’re learning with the field as we partner with schools and...

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Want a strong school culture? Focus on coherent school leadership

We hear it often enough—strong, consistent leadership is necessary to the success of any organization. Of...

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At this innovative urban high school project-based learning addresses environmental justice

For Juan Gallegos, a senior at Furr High School in Houston, the pivotal moment came during a class field tr...

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3 Common Elements of Meaningful Learning Environments

It’s March! So that means we are continuing our focus on XQ School Design Principles with a month-long se...

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Student Success in College Starts in High School

For high school students across the country, the future and all it entails looms large on the horizon. What...

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Tips on How to Choose a High School From a Former Principal

High school is a crucial time that will set the stage for your child’s future. So, how do you know if the...

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School Builders Share What It Means to #ReThinkHighSchool in Practice

XQ’s mission is to inspire America’s collective creativity to transform our high schools so that every ...

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High School Redesign: How to Apply the XQ School Design Principles

There is no single formula for a great high school—one that’s vibrant, rigorous, equitable, and fully e...

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How a class of young writers explored climate change through storytelling

Autumn Maison, a ninth-grader at New Harmony High in New Orleans, always liked writing. But nothing prepare...

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Rhode Island High Schools are Changing. Here’s How.

“Flap your arms like a bird to get more open,” says Sujata Bhatt, a Design Coach for XQ+RI, a first-of-...

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Showing What Students Know in a Competency-Based Classroom

Part of the challenge of rethinking high school is the necessity of translating innovative teaching strateg...

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The Key to Understanding School Design? Collaboration!

Did you know that the way a school is designed can have a huge influence on the learning that goes on withi...

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Authenticity in Action: An XQ School Knowledge Exchange

For educators at XQ schools, lifelong learning is more than a catchphrase, it’s a practice that allows ed...

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Crosstown Concourse

How School Exchanges Can Help Break Down Cultural and Educational Barriers

The United States covers more than 3.7 million square miles. It’s a vast country populated by communities...

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How To Create Interdisciplinary Projects

It’s not hard to see that the subjects students of all ages study are often interconnected. Literature is...

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Period Poverty in U.S. High Schools

Here at XQ, we all know how crucial education is to individuals, societies, and the world. It’s why we’...

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Rethinking Coaching to Spark Innovation

At Dallas ISD, we approach personalized learning as a one-size-fits-one approach to instruction that taps i...

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Community of Practice: What is it, how to run one, and why does it matter?

Relationships and reflection are key drivers of growth and success, and are both something XQ has invested ...

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Advice for school leaders on how to serve English learners and special ed students

As part of our ongoing “How-To” series, here are tips from XQ school leaders on meeting the needs of st...

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Easy steps to seamless teacher collaboration

Collaborating with other teachers can be a great way to ensure your students are on track with their peers ...

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The keys to teacher success at innovative schools

It’s all about support, guidance … and student input When I was a student at the Urban Assembly Mak...

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Kids These Days

You had better believe they care It is something you hear often from adults when they are bemoaning the ill...

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No Walls: My school’s journey to XQ+RI

RETHINKING HIGH SCHOOL WITH A SMILE: HOW A RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL LEADER IS PUTTING XQ LEARNER GOALS INTO ACTI...

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Beyond MLK Day and Black History Month: Making social justice a part of school all year round

Schools with cops but no counselors?

What do high school counselors do? A recent report from the ACLU showed that 17 million students in the U.S...

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Is Design Thinking The Key to Workforce Development?

How do you position an entire city to lead the way in STEM-related fields of the future? According to the t...

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An Inside Look at Teacher Stress

We asked readers if they feel teaching is increasingly stressful and did we get answers — almost 250 of t...

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Rethink High School

Four Practical Steps to Deepen School & Community Connections

The strategic use of partnerships is a common theme and stand-out strength among the future XQ Super Schoo...

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What we learned after Year One as a Super School

The co-founder of New Harmony High reflects on victories, challenges — and a few surprises Congratulation...

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How a Bronx alternative school became a ‘place of solace for all’

Even if schools have vastly different models, all educators share the same mission: We want #OurKids and #O...

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5 High School Redesign Resources

🎨 It’s our first “Summer Reading” issue and we’ve collected the top five stories on high sch...

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Real transformation begins on the ground level

As most great stories do, this one begins with a deep hatred for my carpet – well, the school library...

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Rising Above: A school builder’s journey towards understanding the needs of at – risk youth in LA

The first thing I realized when becoming a teacher was that it is a privilege to be “just a student.&...

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Does your school’s testing culture benefit students?

Does your school’s testing culture benefit students?

“Pick a number one to ten,” said my principal. I chose seven. I had the closest number, and tha...

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Treating students like humans

Treating students like humans

Aspen Institute report shows the crucial importance of social-emotional learning. There’s more to a w...

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Want to create a more inclusive school? Give students a voice

Want to create a more inclusive school? Give students a voice

Maryland high school students find on-campus forums make all the difference. In the months leading up to th...

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