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5 Resources for Investing in Civics Education

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5 Resources for Investing in Civics Education

Civic education is crucial for today’s high schoolers, but many students, especially those from communities of color, low-income communities, and rural ones, lack access. With ARP ESSER Funds,…

What Happened to Reading for Fun? And What Can We Do About It?

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What Happened to Reading for Fun? And What Can We Do About It?

You know you’ve got a problem when you’re afraid to check your screen time. Over the past year and a half, I’ve started dreading my weekly average report every Sunday, as the hours I spent on my phone each day steadily climbed with every month in lockdown. 

Finding Resiliency: Students Open up About Gun Violence

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Finding Resiliency: Students Open up About Gun Violence

Iowa Big Students who were interested in fighting against gun violence decided to use their voice by creating a documentary to humanize the individuals who have been personally touched by gun violence within their community.

5 Resources for Student-Centered Learning

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5 Resources for Student-Centered Learning

Teachers, you have done incredible work to prepare for this year. This week we’re sharing resources on student centered learning to help.

Who Am I? A Reflection on Remote Learning From a High School Student

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Who Am I? A Reflection on Remote Learning From a High School Student

A reflection on remote learning and its impact on student self-image.

Redefining Failure to Embrace Student Learning

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Redefining Failure to Embrace Student Learning

This XQ school takes a bold approach and delivers a curriculum and school experience that’ll help students embrace failure as a part of real-world problem solving.

Is Your District Asking Students How ESSER Dollars Should Be Spent?

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Is Your District Asking Students How ESSER Dollars Should Be Spent?

ARP ESSER Funds are coming into your school district. Learn how school leaders at this XQ school centered student voice and insights in their budgeting.

5 Resources for Back to School Preparation

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5 Resources for Back to School Preparation

Starting the Year With Students at the Center.

The Community is the Classroom – Now What?

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The Community is the Classroom – Now What?

This school makes the community the classroom, but that is more than just a sentiment. Learn just how this XQ school involves the entire community in rethinking high school.

5 ARP Resources That Center Equity

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5 ARP Resources That Center Equity

Public education is at an inflection point. Learn how to dream big about the future of education in America.

What Do Families and Parents Need to Know (And Do) About ARP ESSER

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What Do Families and Parents Need to Know (And Do) About ARP ESSER

Learn about this historic federal investment in public education and find out how you can get involved today.

Project-Based Learning is Rooted in Community at this Santa Ana High School

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Project-Based Learning is Rooted in Community at this Santa Ana High School

Curriculum and community go hand in hand at Círculos—an XQ school in Santa Ana, California.

How These High School Students Joined Misty Copeland and XQ to Create Artivism through Dance

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How These High School Students Joined Misty Copeland and XQ to Create Artivism through Dance

See the power of dance and movement expressed through the winning student submissions of the #XQMistyChallenge and learn how movement lets you speak when words aren’t enough.

5 Best of Resources to Build an Inclusive Classroom

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5 Best of Resources to Build an Inclusive Classroom

America’s classrooms are more diverse than ever. To ensure that we are building schools that address biases and existing inequities, are inclusive to all students, and actively strive to be anti-racist, we’ve highlighted resources to help educators bring belonging into the classroom.

Student Advice on Centering Mental Health by Welcoming Students as They Are

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Student Advice on Centering Mental Health by Welcoming Students as They Are

The pandemic placed student mental health at the forefront of education, but how schools reopen could help us build a more resilient and caring education.

Break Down Classroom Walls to Build Up Student Competencies

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Break Down Classroom Walls to Build Up Student Competencies

Learning can take place at any time and in any location. Check out how this XQ school made out-of-classroom learning experiences meaningful.

The First Graduates of this Brooklyn High School Prove that Perseverance Pays Off

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The First Graduates of this Brooklyn High School Prove that Perseverance Pays Off

Brooklyn Laboratory High School opened with family and parent insight at the core. This year they graduate a truly exceptional class of changemakers.

Top 2021 Resources to Rethink High School

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Top 2021 Resources to Rethink High School

We're bringing you the “Best of” resources—the most clicked resources from the last year of Give Me Five to help us take what we’ve learned from the last two years and rethink high school next year.

What Do Parents Want Educators to Know as Students Return to School in the Fall?

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What Do Parents Want Educators to Know as Students Return to School in the Fall?

Last year brokedown communication between students, educators, and parents, leaving us in the dark of how students experienced the pandemic and its repercussions. How do we create safe spaces for students who are experiencing financial hardship, racial tension, or fear of ongoing domestic terrorism?

The Future of Education Requires Students and Teachers to Lead the Way

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The Future of Education Requires Students and Teachers to Lead the Way

Nationwide, schools weren’t prepared to withstand the shock that COVID-19 pandemic sent through the system. Now, as we plan for a return to the physical classroom, school leaders and educators have an opportunity to push for educational equity.

5 Ways to Support Student Mental Health

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5 Ways to Support Student Mental Health

Prioritizing Mental Health in School Reopenings.

Equity and ESSER: How Schools Can Embrace a Participatory Approach to Amplify Family Voices in Budget Planning

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Equity and ESSER: How Schools Can Embrace a Participatory Approach to Amplify Family Voices in Budget Planning

Schools across the country have a welcome task this summer: deciding how to spend a windfall in federal stimulus funds. Brooklyn Lab is doing that by asking families for their insights.

This Indiana High School is Closing the College Access Gap

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This Indiana High School is Closing the College Access Gap

Years ago, leaders from across Indiana came together to solve a big college access gap. The solution? Purdue Polytechnic High School, an XQ school in Indianapolis, that just graduated its first class.

Advice From a Student Activist on ARP Funding

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Advice From a Student Activist on ARP Funding

Student activist Josh Stern on how Student Voice Should Drive ARP Spending

Recommendations for ARP ESSER Funding to Support High School Transformation

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Recommendations for ARP ESSER Funding to Support High School Transformation

Policymakers and education leaders are making critical decisions and providing important details on how ARP ESSER funding will be spent. Every dollar matters, and it’s not enough to spend more. We must spend smarter—more imaginatively, efficiently, and effectively.

ARP Allocations by State

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ARP Allocations by State

Find out about the ARP ESSER funding coming to your state—and how much XQ recommends should be dedicated to high schools.

American Rescue Plan Dollars Are Coming. Let’s Invest Them in High School Transformation.

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American Rescue Plan Dollars Are Coming. Let’s Invest Them in High School Transformation.

ARP ESSER funding offers America a chance to examine what’s working in education, develop individualized pathways that accelerate student learning, and create coalitions to build a truly fair and effective education system.

Why You Should Celebrate Black Joy on Juneteenth and Every Day

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Why You Should Celebrate Black Joy on Juneteenth and Every Day

Black joy is an act of resistance against systems of oppression. Here's why celebrating Black joy is important – especially during Juneteenth.

Meeting the Moment: Responding to Families During a Pandemic

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Meeting the Moment: Responding to Families During a Pandemic

Brooklyn Laboratory High School responded to families’ needs and cultivated a community of empathy, care, and connection, even amidst the pandemic. Learn how in this guest article from their team.

Financial Literacy 5 Ways

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Financial Literacy 5 Ways

Are you talking to your students about money? This week, we’re exploring how high schools are—and aren’t!—teaching financial literacy.

Students Reflect on What It Means to Be the First Graduates of a High School Designed Just for Them

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Students Reflect on What It Means to Be the First Graduates of a High School Designed Just for Them

Círculos, an XQ school in Santa Ana, California, was designed for students with a community at the center. Four years later, the revolutionary school graduates its first class.

Brown Ballerinas for Change: What One Organization Can Teach Us About Dance, Artivism, and Empowering Young People

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Brown Ballerinas for Change: What One Organization Can Teach Us About Dance, Artivism, and Empowering Young People

Learn more about why we’re inviting students ages 13 to 21 to tell their story through movement and dance based on what we learned from the organization Brown Ballerinas for Change.

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Students

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5 Ways to Celebrate Your Students

This year calls for unique celebrations. In this week's Give Me Five, we’re sharing resources to support you as the year comes to an end, so you can finish strong and really celebrate your students.

High School Graduates: Preparing for Your Next Step

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High School Graduates: Preparing for Your Next Step

Here are some resources to address your most burning post-grad questions.

12th Grade NAEP Science Results Confirm It’s Time for High School Transformation. And ARP Can Help.

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12th Grade NAEP Science Results Confirm It’s Time for High School Transformation. And ARP Can Help.

On May 25, 2021, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) published results from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science. NAEP science test results—along with the results of the 2019 NAEP assessments in math and reading released late last year—are fundamental to our understanding of the state of our nation’s high schools.

Life Kit: Resources for the High School Graduating Class of 2021

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Life Kit: Resources for the High School Graduating Class of 2021

Congratulations to the high school class of 2021! We’ve gathered resources to address your most burning post-grad questions, so you can graduate feeling confident and prepared for life after high school!

How Youth Climate Activist Jerome Foster II Became the Voice for One Million Young People

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How Youth Climate Activist Jerome Foster II Became the Voice for One Million Young People

XQ schools empower students not only to dream of the future, but gives them the tools to make those dreams a reality. Learn more about how Jerome Foster II became the voice for one million young people.

5 Ways Dance and Movement Empower Students

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5 Ways Dance and Movement Empower Students

Bringing movement to the classroom is powerful. Here are 5 places to start!

Repeal the Invisible Tax on Educators of Color

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Repeal the Invisible Tax on Educators of Color

Black educators move through the profession carrying an extra burden that often pushes Black educators out of the profession. Director of the Center for Black Educator Development Sharif El-Mekki discusses this “Invisible Tax” and proposes solutions to keep educators of colors in the classroom.

A 5-Point Approach for Schools to Promote Equitable COVID-19 Vaccination

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A 5-Point Approach for Schools to Promote Equitable COVID-19 Vaccination

As schools begin to explore plans for in-person classes, they’re also considering vaccination plans. Here is a 5-Point Guide for Schools to Promote Equitable COVID-19 Vaccination

An XQ Toolkit That Makes High School Transformation Possible in Every Community

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An XQ Toolkit That Makes High School Transformation Possible in Every Community

We believe high school transformation is necessary and possible. And, we know, there’s no one way to do it.

5 Ways to Support Student Healing

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5 Ways to Support Student Healing

In light of traumatic events, how can we help our students? Here are 5 resources to support student healing.

#Artivism: The Power of Art in Raising Student Activists

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#Artivism: The Power of Art in Raising Student Activists

Creativity and imagination are central to lifelong learning. Learn more about how cultivating imagination can empower students to create a better future.

5 Ways to Bring Art + Activism to the Classroom

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5 Ways to Bring Art + Activism to the Classroom

Since art is so important—how can we empower students through art? Here are 5 resources for you to use to empower your students.

How This STEM Teacher Keeps Her Students Engaged with Project and Place-Based Learning

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How This STEM Teacher Keeps Her Students Engaged with Project and Place-Based Learning

Remote school has challenged how we create meaningful learning experiences for our students. XQ schools are using place-based and project-based learning to increase student engagement in meaningful ways.

5 Ways to Teach Black History Year-Round

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5 Ways to Teach Black History Year-Round

How do we include Black history in our curriculum year-round? Here are 5 resources for you to use in your classroom.

A Holistic Approach to Teaching Black History Year-Round

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A Holistic Approach to Teaching Black History Year-Round

Black history needs to be taught year-round and holistically. We spoke to educators across the country about the importance of representation in the curriculum.

Diversity Starts with Teachers: Creating a Community to Keep Educators of Color in the Classroom

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Diversity Starts with Teachers: Creating a Community to Keep Educators of Color in the Classroom

Education Scholar Travis Bristol and BIPOC Teach Plus Fellows discuss the politics involved in education and their reasons for staying in the classroom.

5 Ways to Build Equity at School

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5 Ways to Build Equity at School

America’s classrooms are more diverse than ever. Here's 5 resources for you to ensure you're building culturally sustaining school communities.

High School Transformation is Necessary and Possible

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High School Transformation is Necessary and Possible

High schools can be the fulcrum for systemic change, but it will require transformation to emerge stronger and more equitable.

Belonging and its critical impact on student mental health

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Belonging and its critical impact on student mental health

As remote learning continues, it’s no secret that mental health is suffering. However, creating a sense of belonging can help students feel more connected.

Why Representation Matters to BIPOC Teachers and Their Students

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Why Representation Matters to BIPOC Teachers and Their Students

We spoke to education leaders on why representation is important. Here’s their perspective on representation, inclusivity, and why we need to move beyond diversity for diversity’s sake.

Submissions from XQ’s #MakeASongChallenge Reveal What Matters Most to Students Today

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Submissions from XQ’s #MakeASongChallenge Reveal What Matters Most to Students Today

In XQ’s #MakeASongChallenge, students explored the causes they’re passionate about through artivism: a blend of art and activism that promotes positive change.

5 Ways to Inclusively Teach Black History

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5 Ways to Inclusively Teach Black History

Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect on the impact Black history has had in shaping the world we live in. Here are 5 resources for you to bring it to life in your classroom.

Upbeat Academy: Music Education that Transforms Lives

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Upbeat Academy: Music Education that Transforms Lives

All students have the potential to do amazing things. This school gives students the tools they need to unleash creativity through music education and lead them to success.

Education Policy 101: What Is Education Policy?

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Education Policy 101: What Is Education Policy?

Everyone is an education policymaker; some might just not know it. Dive into the basics with this summary and learn everything from how it works to how you can get involved.

5 Resources for Amplifying Student Voices and Experiences

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5 Resources for Amplifying Student Voices and Experiences

To rethink high school, we must create space for student voice. Here are 5 resources for you to use in your classroom this week.

How to Center Student Voice and Equity Amidst Learning Shifts

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How to Center Student Voice and Equity Amidst Learning Shifts

Need help meeting student needs as you adapt to remote learning and beyond? Here's a place to start.

COVID-19, Teen Stress, and How Educators Can Support Stress Management Today

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COVID-19, Teen Stress, and How Educators Can Support Stress Management Today

Hear from four social workers on the changing mental health landscape for teens, how their work has changed in remote learning, and how we can support our teens better.

5 Resources for Student Wellness and Stress Management

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5 Resources for Student Wellness and Stress Management

ISSUE 53 • January 10, 2021 Happy New Year! Students and educators are setting new intentions, resolutions, and goals for 2021. While there’s a ton of excitement and…

The Importance of Arts Education and Why the Arts Matter in the Age of COVID-19

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The Importance of Arts Education and Why the Arts Matter in the Age of COVID-19

In remote learning, arts education has never been more fragile. Here's how these educators are sparking creativity in their students and learn how you can too.

The power of this project-based learning and place-based learning school

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The power of this project-based learning and place-based learning school

At Círculos, project-based, place-based learning isn’t just a catchphrase. It’s reshaped the way students experience school.

Lucid Dreaming: Planning for a Better Future in a School Crisis

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Lucid Dreaming: Planning for a Better Future in a School Crisis

COVID-19 has disrupted education. Learn how to respond to the moment and transform the future through lucid dreaming.

What Are Restorative Justice Circles, and When Can They be Utilized?

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What Are Restorative Justice Circles, and When Can They be Utilized?

Restorative justice circles are a great tool for building relationships and achieving goals. Here's how you can use them in your classroom and beyond.

10 Social Emotional Learning Tips for Educators in Distance Learning

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10 Social Emotional Learning Tips for Educators in Distance Learning

Remote learning presents many social emotional challenges for students, but teachers are facing similar challenges. Here's how we can support the wellbeing of our teachers.

Teen Activists on Elections, Civic Life, and Grassroots Organizing

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Teen Activists on Elections, Civic Life, and Grassroots Organizing

Between the pandemic, presidential election, and economic downturn—2020 has been a tumultuous year for everyone. But some high school students have taken matters into their own hands: by hitting the campaign trail.

5 Resources To Rethink High School

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5 Resources To Rethink High School

We've been creating new resources to help educators, students, and communities #ReThinkHighSchool. Here are 5 of our favorites to jumpstart your week of teaching.

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How to Find the Right Career Path in High School

Finding a career is an intimidating task, especially for high school students. Here's a great place to start when creating your path.

Adulting 101: A Few Financial Basics of Adult Life

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Adulting 101: A Few Financial Basics of Adult Life

Learn how to get your finances in order with these well-explained financial basics.

Celebrating Women’s History Month From Home

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Celebrating Women’s History Month From Home

Even during a pandemic, we can still honor the women who've paved the way for gender equality. Here's how you can celebrate Women's history this month and every month.

Between Empty Class and Corona Education

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Connecting Individual Actions to Systematic Change: An Interview with Professor Rich Milner

Education thought leader and Vanderbilt University Professor Rich Milner in conversation with XQ’s Hana Beach.

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What's Happening to School Meals During COVID-19?

COVID-19 has changed the way food-insecure students receive meals and support. Here’s how your family can get involved.

5 Resources for College Planning During COVID-19

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5 Resources for College Planning During COVID-19

As college applications ramp up, this week we’re focusing on college admissions in the time of COVID-19.

How to Write a Powerful College Application Essay

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How to Write a Powerful College Application Essay

A comprehensive guide to writing and conquering the college admissions essay. Pro-tip: remember to be true to yourself.

Evolving the Common App: The First Step Toward Anti-Racist College Admissions

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Evolving the Common App: The First Step Toward Anti-Racist College Admissions

The Common App is transforming and building a college admissions process that’s equitable for all. Here’s how.

These High School Students are Learning Through Filmmaking

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These High School Students are Learning Through Filmmaking

Amidst remote learning, these students are engaging in deep projects and learning filmmaking along the way. Here's how.

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My Journey as a Black Teacher in America

This former teacher of color shares his experiences before ultimately leaving the profession. His reflection offers insights on the value of equity and empathy that we hope we hope will inspire and inform all educators.

5 Post-Election Resources To Keep Students Civically Engaged

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5 Post-Election Resources To Keep Students Civically Engaged

While we hope that your students have been active in this year’s election, civic engagement is essential year-round.

At Texas Boys State, the Kids, In Fact, Are Not Alright

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At Texas Boys State, the Kids, In Fact, Are Not Alright

As American schools become increasingly economically, racially, and politically segregated, how do we create spaces that bring young people together to find commonalities and build bridges? 

Building Equitable Practices in Schools in the Midst of COVID-19

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Building Equitable Practices in Schools in the Midst of COVID-19

Equity in a school building doesn’t just happen, it is purposefully cultivated. Here's how educators across the country are doing just that.

This RI School Places Families at the Center of the School "Ensemble"

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This RI School Places Families at the Center of the School "Ensemble"

Supporting students go beyond the four walls of a school, and it requires families and schools working together. Here's how one school is doing just that.

School Reopening Resources, Tips, and Examples for Educators

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School Reopening Resources, Tips, and Examples for Educators

Our collection of resources on high school reopenings with equity at the core.

Demystifying School Boards: What Do School Boards Do?

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Demystifying School Boards: What Do School Boards Do?

Looking for ways to spur high school transformation in your community? Getting involved with your local school board is a great place to start. What is a school board? Schools…

Announcing a New Tool to Strengthen Remote and Hybrid Learning

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Announcing a New Tool to Strengthen Remote and Hybrid Learning

A tool to help educators and leaders get a pulse on your reopening plan, identify resources you need, and how to equitably reach your students.

What Is Citizenship Education and Why Is it Important?

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What Is Citizenship Education and Why Is it Important?

Citizenship education demonstrates how schools play an important role in creating an informed electorate through interdisciplinary and holistic education. It seeks to cut across all subject areas, integrating many skills and competencies that will benefit students throughout their lives as individuals, community members, citizens, and professionals.

A Guide on How to Pay for College

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A Guide on How to Pay for College

If you’re thinking about your future in college, one of your biggest questions is probably: How will I finance my education? Here's how.

A Black Man Reflects on Sonia Lowman’s film Black Boys

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A Black Man Reflects on Sonia Lowman’s film Black Boys

The film ‘Black Boys’ paints a picture of the racial inequities that affect Black men in our country. Here’s one man’s reflection on the film.

5 Resources for Creating the Future After COVID-19

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5 Resources for Creating the Future After COVID-19

High School after COVID-19 will never look the same. Here's how we can build back better for all students.

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What is STEAM Education?

STEAM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math as pathways to guide student inquiry, discussions, and critical thinking.

This High School Is Sharing How to Make Remote Learning Work for Every Student

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This High School Is Sharing How to Make Remote Learning Work for Every Student

These school leaders created a model for students to adapt and thrive even during a pandemic. Here’s how.

Teachers: It’s Time To Graduate From Diversity And Move Closer To Inclusion And Equity

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Teachers: It’s Time To Graduate From Diversity And Move Closer To Inclusion And Equity

Diversity and representation gaps in our schools affect students across the country. How do we create space for BIPOC voices to be heard?

This School Is Giving Families Meaningful Options as They Reopen. You Should Too.

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This School Is Giving Families Meaningful Options as They Reopen. You Should Too.

This high school in Brooklyn knows the families they serve. Here’s how they’re working with those families to ensure every student succeeds this fall.

Voting and Election Resources for Educators and Students

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Voting and Election Resources for Educators and Students

There has never been a more important time for young people to be civically engaged. Here are resources for educators to get students involved.

#BlackLivesMatter Murals in Downtown Oakland Bring Hope and Inspiration

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#BlackLivesMatter Murals in Downtown Oakland Bring Hope and Inspiration

After the #BlackLivesMatter protests in June, students and artists in Oakland came together to paint murals to bring hope and inspire the town.

It’s Time to Start Decolonizing America’s History Textbooks

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It’s Time to Start Decolonizing America’s History Textbooks

America’s history is complex, contradictory, confusing, and often quite ugly. However, we choose to teach a simplified, incomplete, and whitewashed version to our young people and throughout higher education. It’s time to change that.

What is Project-Based Learning?

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What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-based learning allows students to learn by doing. Here's everything you need to know and how to get started in your classroom.

How to Support Teachers’ Needs During Remote Learning

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How to Support Teachers’ Needs During Remote Learning

Remote learning is challenging for more than just students. Here’s how we can support our teachers across the country.

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

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

This innovative arts high school in Rhode Island puts relationships at the center.

Lessons from a Promising Denver High School That Will Not Open

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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 engaging, learner-centered curriculum that is proudly Spanish and English bilingual and bi-literate.

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