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A Guide for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

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A Guide for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

Interdisciplinary learning empowers students to explore different perspectives and views. Here's how you can get started.

Advice for College Freshmen: 10 Tips to Prepare for Remote Learning

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Advice for College Freshmen: 10 Tips to Prepare for Remote Learning

College freshmen in 2020 will undoubtedly experience one of the most unique college beginnings in history. Here are some tips to navigate remote learning.

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

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

Too many students describe high school as boring—but it doesn’t have to be. Here's how we can put students at the center of their education.

5 Resources To Navigate the Hybrid and Remote Learning School Year

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5 Resources To Navigate the Hybrid and Remote Learning School Year

This is a school year like no other with the introduction of hybrid and remote learning. Here are a few resources to help you navigate these uncharted waters.

How to Develop Leadership Skills as a Student (Advice From a College Student)

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How to Develop Leadership Skills as a Student (Advice From a College Student)

Being a student leader is a great way to help prepare for college and career. Here are a few tips to develop those skills in high school.

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10 Tips from Parents to Support Your Teen’s Remote Learning

Remote learning is challenging for many students. Here are tips from parents across the country on how to best support students.

Rhode Island Students Share Powerful Learnings on Educational Justice and the Future of Learning

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Rhode Island Students Share Powerful Learnings on Educational Justice and the Future of Learning

Students from across Rhode Island came together to rethink high school. Here's what they learned about educational equity and the future of our schools.

100 years later – the complicated legacy of the 19th Amendment

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100 years later – the complicated legacy of the 19th Amendment

It's been over 100 years since the 19th amendment was passed, which gives women the right to vote. What's changed between now and then?

100 years later – the complicated legacy of the 19th Amendment

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100 years later – the complicated legacy of the 19th Amendment

It's been over 100 years since the 19th amendment was passed, which gives women the right to vote. What's changed between now and then?

These High School Students Had Paid Internships This Summer. Here’s How.

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These High School Students Had Paid Internships This Summer. Here’s How.

Did you know that you can get a paid internship in high school? These two students engaged in real-world projects with industry partners. Learn how.

The Importance of Civics Education in this National Moment

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The Importance of Civics Education in this National Moment

It is more important than ever for young people to play a role in elections. In this environment, civics education is more important than ever. Here's why.

The Relationship Between Parental and Family Involvement and Student Success

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The Relationship Between Parental and Family Involvement and Student Success

Research shows when families take a role in a students education, it sets them up for success. Learn how you can play your part.

What Will School Meals Look Like With School Re-openings and COVID-19

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What Will School Meals Look Like With School Re-openings and COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has placed additional pressure on school meal programs. And now, students across the country cannot get the food they need.

5 Resources for Reopening A More Equitable Education System

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5 Resources for Reopening A More Equitable Education System

As the country collectively wrestles with a “back to school season” like no other, we hope these resources will help you to stay focused on what matters most for students.

How to Find Internships in High School (Advice From a College Intern)

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How to Find Internships in High School (Advice From a College Intern)

The internship search doesn’t have to be intimidating. To help, we’re going to break down everything from networking to interviewing, and get you set up for success. There’s an abundance of challenging and exciting internships out there, you just need the right tools and resources to sort through them.

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The Anti-Racist Guide to New School Hires

How would you hire for this upcoming school year—given the impact of the pandemic and the summer of uprisings against the systemic culture of racism plaguing our nation? Here’s a guide to help you through the hiring process.

High School Resources for Remote Learning During COVID-19 School Closures

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High School Resources for Remote Learning During COVID-19 School Closures

There is no question: Each of us is facing difficult and unprecedented challenges in the wake of COVID-19 and its impacts. For far too many young people, school is not…

A Teacher’s Journey Toward Culturally Relevant Teaching Practices

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A Teacher’s Journey Toward Culturally Relevant Teaching Practices

This educator shares her journey, experience, and tips on how you can incorporate culturally responsive teaching in your school.

School Reopening Plans Offer a Chance to Rethink High Schools

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School Reopening Plans Offer a Chance to Rethink High Schools

Use reopening plans to re-imagine current educational practices. The COVID-19 pandemic served as a pressure test on our education system—the crisis exacerbated inequalities; wholly disrupted the lives of educators, students, and families; and upended the very notion of what counts as “school”—making it clear that the system, as it exists now, cannot hold.

But Can We Work Together, Though? A Black Woman and a White Woman Get Real

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But Can We Work Together, Though? A Black Woman and a White Woman Get Real

Nicole and Suzanne's podcast 'But Can We Work Together, Though?' examines how white and black women can work together on the biggest social justice issues today.

5 Resources to Put Your School Reopening Plans into Action

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5 Resources to Put Your School Reopening Plans into Action

Schools around the country are preparing to reopen, go remote, or a combination of the two. Here's how we can put those plans into action.

Inspirational Black Educators to Follow on Twitter

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Inspirational Black Educators to Follow on Twitter

As allys, we must commit to improving ourselves and to amplifying the voices of Black educators. Here are 9 voices you should be listening to.

How to Build Strong Relationships with Students Using Culturally Responsive Teaching

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How to Build Strong Relationships with Students Using Culturally Responsive Teaching

Educators across the country are building relationships and empathy with their students, and meeting them where they are. Here’s how.

These 5 High School Grads Named Winners of #GraduateTogether Speaker Awards

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These 5 High School Grads Named Winners of #GraduateTogether Speaker Awards

Seniors from around the country submitted their speeches for the class of 2020. These 5 speeches moved us.

What Is Inquiry-Based Learning? (IBL)

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What Is Inquiry-Based Learning? (IBL)

Inquiry-based Learning combines student curiosity and the scientific method to increase engagement and critical thinking. Here's how you can get started in your classroom.

Actor and Activist Logan Browning Teaches High School Students to Advocate for Change This Election Season

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Actor and Activist Logan Browning Teaches High School Students to Advocate for Change This Election Season

We spoke with Logan Browning about how students can get involved this election, even if they're too young to vote. Here's her advice.

5 Resources to Inform School Reopening Plans

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5 Resources to Inform School Reopening Plans

How can we reopen schools to #ReThinkHighSchool more equitably? Here are 5 resources to get you started.

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

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

Remote learning has change education forever, and we're already learning a lot from it. Here's what schools in Rhode Island are learning from the pandemic.

5 Resources to Address Racial and Systemic Inequities in Education

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5 Resources to Address Racial and Systemic Inequities in Education

Systemic racism exists in our education system. Here are resources for educators to abolish inequities to help every student succeed.

Strategies for White Educators Who Seek to Be Anti-Racist

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Strategies for White Educators Who Seek to Be Anti-Racist

Learn how white educators can begin decolonizing education in their daily work to put anti-racist ideas into practice.

What Is a Restorative Justice Listening Circle and How to Use It

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What Is a Restorative Justice Listening Circle and How to Use It

Restorative justice circles are a tool to build empathy and share experiences with one another. Here’s how you can use this tool to foster connection.

Meet the Student Activists Leading the Country’s Protests for #BlackLivesMatter

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Meet the Student Activists Leading the Country’s Protests for #BlackLivesMatter

The fight for racial equity is being led by teens across the country. These are their stories.

Taking Up Space as a Black Woman Is a Revolutionary Act

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Taking Up Space as a Black Woman Is a Revolutionary Act

"Between the secure and loving walls, my parents built for me, I was taught to value my voice, understand my worth, and envision endless possibilities for my future."

What Is Juneteenth and Why Is It Important?

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What Is Juneteenth and Why Is It Important?

Juneteenth is an important milestone in American culture. It represents resistance, resilience, and Black Joy. Here's why it matters.

Step outside the Black History Canon This Juneteenth

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Step outside the Black History Canon This Juneteenth

Our history books haven't shared the full narrative when it comes to Black History. Here are a few things you should learn about this Juneteenth.

Making Space for Youth Voices and Feelings during Protests against Police Brutality

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Making Space for Youth Voices and Feelings during Protests against Police Brutality

#BlackLivesMatter protests are impacting students across the country, and their voices need to be heard. Here's how we gave our Student Advisory Committee a space to share.

5 Resources to Abolish Systemic Racism Through Education

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5 Resources to Abolish Systemic Racism Through Education

Systemic racism exists in our education system. Here are resources for educators to abolish inequities to help every student succeed.

Showing What Students Know in a Competency-Based Classroom

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Showing What Students Know in a Competency-Based Classroom

Competency-based education lets student progress through a curriculum at their own pace. Here are some tips from two CBE educators for you to get started.

The Civil Right of Education, By the Numbers

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The Civil Right of Education, By the Numbers

We will know that we have achieved educational justice when the faces of our high school graduates look no different from those of entering kindergartners, and our college graduates no different from them.

How to Host a Virtual High School Graduation Ceremony

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How to Host a Virtual High School Graduation Ceremony

Due to COVID-19, seniors are missing out on a huge tradition. Here's a step by step guide for you to host a virtual graduation to honor seniors in your community.

5 Resources to Empower Youth Voice and Choice

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5 Resources to Empower Youth Voice and Choice

Students are the most important stakeholder in high school. Here are 5 resources to amplify their voices.

I Can Do That: What Does a Commercial Banker Do?

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I Can Do That: What Does a Commercial Banker Do?

We spoke with a commercial banker to learn about their career path and what it takes to succeed in the field. Find out how you can follow in their footsteps.

Ten Tips for Teacher Self-Care

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Ten Tips for Teacher Self-Care

Now more than ever, teachers have a lot on their plates. Here are a few tips for teachers to treat themselves.

Building Caring, Trusting Relationships in a Remote Learning World (Pt. II)

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Building Caring, Trusting Relationships in a Remote Learning World (Pt. II)

Building relationships with students is critical—especially during remote learning. Here’s how schools across the country are doing just that.

What Remote Learning Data Tells Us About the Effects of COVID-19

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What Remote Learning Data Tells Us About the Effects of COVID-19

COVID-19 and remote learning have changed high school overnight. Here's what we know so far about how it's effected education.

How to Stay Connected in our Classrooms during School Closures

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How to Stay Connected in our Classrooms during School Closures

In a remote learning world, staying connected with students sounds like an impossible task. Here's one educator's tips on how to continue to build relationships from a distance.

The Best #GraduateTogether Moments We All Want to Relive

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The Best #GraduateTogether Moments We All Want to Relive

We celebrated the high school class of 2020 during our prime time special #GraduateTogether. Here are our favorite moments.

5 Resources to Celebrate High School Seniors in Time for Graduation

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5 Resources to Celebrate High School Seniors in Time for Graduation

The class of 2020 is experiencing a senior year like no other class. Here are 5 resources for us to honor and celebrate their graduation.

These “Tutor Teens” Launched a Business to Help Younger Students and Families Learn Remotely

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These “Tutor Teens” Launched a Business to Help Younger Students and Families Learn Remotely

These students used COVID-19 as an opportunity to help other students. Here's how they did it.

Student Voice: We Have an Opportunity to Re-imagine Our Future

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Student Voice: We Have an Opportunity to Re-imagine Our Future

This student activist shares why now is the time to rethink education so that every student succeeds.

Celebrate Your Everyday Heroes on Teacher Appreciation Day

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Celebrate Your Everyday Heroes on Teacher Appreciation Day

Everyday heroes are among us everyday — including in our classrooms. Here's one hero who teaches at a school in Nashville.

5 Ways for Students to Share Their Voice

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5 Ways for Students to Share Their Voice

Students today have a lot to say about their education. Here are ways we can be sure we're listening.

Student Poetry to Promote Youth Voice and Choice

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Student Poetry to Promote Youth Voice and Choice

This student from Indiana uses poetry to express what he's feeling in a different way. His poems even won him a poetry competition.

Helping Students Learn Independently from Home

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Helping Students Learn Independently from Home

Educators have said that moving to a more student-directed learning environment will be challenging in remote settings. Here are some tips to help you transition.

8 Tips From School Leaders to School Leaders on Remote Learning

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8 Tips From School Leaders to School Leaders on Remote Learning

School leaders across the country had to adapt to remote learning in major ways due to COVID-19. Here’s a few tips our leaders have learned so far.

Building Caring, Trusting Relationships in a Remote Learning World (Pt. 1)

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Building Caring, Trusting Relationships in a Remote Learning World (Pt. 1)

Building relationships with students through screens is as challenging as it sounds. Here's what we've learned so far from our schools across the country.

How one high school teacher is staying connected with students

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How one high school teacher is staying connected with students

Remote learning has given teachers challenges in building relationships and staying connected with students. Here's how one XQ teacher is continuing to build community from a distance.

Hope Thrives From This High School’s Community Garden

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Hope Thrives From This High School’s Community Garden

How do you keep environmental justice at the core of your school when students are learning remotely? Here's what one school in Texas is doing.

How Museums are Engaging with Students Remotely

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How Museums are Engaging with Students Remotely

Education today looks radically different than before the pandemic. Museums are no exception to this. Here's how museums across the country have pivoted to serve students.

5 Resources to Support the Mental Well-Being of Your School Community

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5 Resources to Support the Mental Well-Being of Your School Community

This is a very hard time to be a student right now. Here are some resources to support students and ensure your school is staying mentally healthy.

What I Learned From Finding, Organizing, and Verifying School Board Data for the Entire United States

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What I Learned From Finding, Organizing, and Verifying School Board Data for the Entire United States

Emily spent 170 hours collecting and organizing school board data from across the country. What she learned might surprise you.

Remote Learning Insights: The Role of the Student Is Shifting

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Remote Learning Insights: The Role of the Student Is Shifting

How are students adjusting and examining the new skills they are learning? In the wake of COVID-19 closures, students are playing an active role in creating educational experiences with a strong equity focus. They have the capacity to truly lead their own learning and create engaging learning experiences themselves.

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

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

Social Emotional Learning is critical for success in college and career. Here’s why it matters and how to support mental health during remote learning.

How Are School Boards Responding to School Closures in the Time of COVID-19?

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How Are School Boards Responding to School Closures in the Time of COVID-19?

Leadership decisions don’t stop when campuses are closed. In fact, they become more important than ever. Here's how school boards are responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Looking for a Reading List During Quarantine? Join the Conversation

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Looking for a Reading List During Quarantine? Join the Conversation

Looking for a new book to read this quarantine? Our editorial team has several suggestions to add to your reading list.

Student Shares All: How to Support Students With Disabilities

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Student Shares All: How to Support Students With Disabilities

Remote learning presents a different set of challenges for students with disabilities. Hear from one student on how we can support these students during COVID-19.

5 Resources for Building Relationships During School Closures

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5 Resources for Building Relationships During School Closures

During COVID-19, students need strong relationships. Here are resources on how to build them.

Early Remote Learning Lessons and the Future of Education

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Early Remote Learning Lessons and the Future of Education

The transition to remote learning has pushed educators to rethink the ways we teach. Here’s what we’ve learned so far from the transition.

Expert Advice on Student Trauma To Help You Help Students

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Expert Advice on Student Trauma To Help You Help Students

COVID-19 has added stress for everyone, but affects students with trauma even more. Learn how you can support your students during these unprecedented times.

Student Voice: Racism against Asian Americans in the Wake of COVID-19

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Student Voice: Racism against Asian Americans in the Wake of COVID-19

Many Asian American students are experiencing discrimination and assaults since the outbreak of COVID-19. This high school student is sharing her experience.

Why Is Media Literacy Important, Especially in the Wake of COVID-19?

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Why Is Media Literacy Important, Especially in the Wake of COVID-19?

n an uncertain world with social feeds increasingly filled with fake news, we must ensure students are equipped with news and media literacy skills. Here's how we do it.

Teaching for Remote Learning: Lessons We’ve Learned So Far

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Teaching for Remote Learning: Lessons We’ve Learned So Far

Transitioning to remote learning taught us a lot about rethinking high school. Here are a few things we’ve learned from schools across the country.

Remote Learning Ideas: How to Start a Podcast

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Remote Learning Ideas: How to Start a Podcast

The shift to remote learning has teachers rethinking everything, from curriculum, to labs, to projects. Here's one place to start when looking for remote learning project ideas.

Life After School Closures: High School Students Speak Out

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Life After School Closures: High School Students Speak Out

In person classes came to a halt in March 2020 as the world adapted to COVID-19. Here’s how students across the country are feeling.

School Closure Resources for High School Educators

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School Closure Resources for High School Educators

School closures have changed what high school looks like across the country. Here are 5 resources to help you navigate these uncharted waters.

How Coronavirus is Impacting Me as a High School Senior

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How Coronavirus is Impacting Me as a High School Senior

School closures due to COVID-19 are affecting students everywhere. Here’s how one student adapted to shelter in place at the end of her senior year.

XQ + RI Update: 2 New XQ Schools and 18 Awards in High School Design Challenge

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XQ + RI Update: 2 New XQ Schools and 18 Awards in High School Design Challenge

Big things are happening to high schools in America's smallest state. Here are Rhode Island's newest XQ schools.

Ditch the Duct Tape: Making Data-Driven Instruction Sustainable

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Ditch the Duct Tape: Making Data-Driven Instruction Sustainable

This education leader wants you to try something different when measuring student mastery. Find out what he did differently.

I Can Do That: How to Start a Career in Poetry

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I Can Do That: How to Start a Career in Poetry

We met a poetry teacher who shared his path to his career today. Find out how you can follow in his footsteps.

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

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

When teachers can talk about the challenges they face as well as the innovations they’ve developed, real learning happens. Here's what two schools on opposite sides of America have learned from each other.

5 Resources for Fostering Meaningful, Engaged Learning

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5 Resources for Fostering Meaningful, Engaged Learning

We gathered five awesome resources that explore innovative approaches on how educators like you create opportunities that engage students in meaningful ways.

Helping Your Teen Get the Most out of High School

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Helping Your Teen Get the Most out of High School

This parent sent their student to a new high school that connects students with their community. Here’s what the experience as a parent has been like.

Tips on How to Use Social Media for Schools

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Tips on How to Use Social Media for Schools

Blogs and social media can be a great way to share your school’s bright spots and messages with the community. Here's how to get your school's story out to the world.

Tips on Creating an Inclusive School and Why It Matters

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Tips on Creating an Inclusive School and Why It Matters

Creating an inclusive environment for all students can change the culture and success of your school. Here's how you can get started.

What Is a Makerspace? A Guide for Teachers

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What Is a Makerspace? A Guide for Teachers

Makerspaces help students gain creativity and problem solving skills. Here's where to start if you want to bring one to your school.

Rethinking equity in education with an XQ school leader

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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? We asked one school leader from Indiana to share what it means to her school.

Ways to Celebrate Black History Month: Activities for High School

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Ways to Celebrate Black History Month: Activities for High School

You can't understand American history without understanding Black history. Here are a few resources for teaching Black history this month and every month

Want a strong school culture? Focus on coherent school leadership

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Want a strong school culture? Focus on coherent school leadership

Culture impacts everyone, but often starts at the top. Here's advice from one education leader on coherent school leadership.

The Power of a Strong School Vision Statement Is Limitless

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The Power of a Strong School Vision Statement Is Limitless

Setting a vision for your school can change the direction and culture of your school. Here are some tips for crafting a powerful vision statement to be your school's north star.

High school redesign in Rhode Island offers lessons for all communities

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High school redesign in Rhode Island offers lessons for all communities

Teams of school builders across Rhode Island are reflecting on their six month school design journey. What they learned might surprise you.

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

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

With a focus on environmental justice, XQ school Furr offers its 1,100 students hands-on projects that combine academic standards with ecology and sustainability.

I can do that: What does a venture capitalist do?

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I can do that: What does a venture capitalist do?

We spoke with a venture capitalist to learn about their career path and how to succeed in the field. Find out how you can follow in their footsteps.

Students Use Research and Creativity to Explore Black History Month

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Students Use Research and Creativity to Explore Black History Month

These students explore Black History Month and our shared history through hands-on, student-guided projects. See how.

Bold is the goal in rethinking New York City high schools

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Bold is the goal in rethinking New York City high schools

XQ+NYC design teams assembled to rethink what high school can look like in their city. Here's what it was like to be in the room of innovators.

3 Common Elements of Meaningful Learning Environments

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3 Common Elements of Meaningful Learning Environments

Creating a meaningful learning environment for students can make a huge difference in student success. Here's how you can get started.

Need help navigating the shift to student-centered learning? This compass can help.

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Need help navigating the shift to student-centered learning? This compass can help.

Teachers everywhere agree education isn't one-size fits all, but switching to student-centered learning is often harder than it looks. Here's one strategy for you to start with.

5 Resources for Developing a Strong School Mission & Culture

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5 Resources for Developing a Strong School Mission & Culture

A unifying set of values ensures every stakeholder is not only accountable but committed to helping every student realize their full potential—regardless of who they are or where they come from. Here are 5 resources to get you started.

How design thinking in high school set this student up for college success

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How design thinking in high school set this student up for college success

This student shares how the design thinking process helps her engage deeply in her own learning.

XQ’s High School Reading List for Black History Month (And Every Month)

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XQ’s High School Reading List for Black History Month (And Every Month)

There are big representation gaps in the book publishing industry, and the power to close them is in the hands of educators. Here are a few titles to use in your classroom during Black History Month and every month.

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