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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.

Students Share What It’s Like to Learn in an Innovative High School

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Students Share What It’s Like to Learn in an Innovative High School

These three students come from three innovative schools that put students at the center. Here’s what it’s like to attend these schools.

Student Success in College Starts in High School

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Student Success in College Starts in High School

This high school in Tennessee developed a course to help prepare their students for success in college before they even arrive. This is how they’re getting it done.

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

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

Choosing a high school for your student might seem like a daunting choice. Here's what one former school leader recommends when faced with the decision.

I Can Do That: What Does an Industrial Designer Do?

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I Can Do That: What Does an Industrial Designer Do?

We spoke with an industrial designer to learn about their career path and what it takes to thrive in the field. Find out what it takes and how to design your future.

School Builders Share What It Means to #ReThinkHighSchool in Practice

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School Builders Share What It Means to #ReThinkHighSchool in Practice

Rethinking high school is hard work. We asked our school leaders who have gone through the journey to share what they've learned.

5 Resources That Will Help Bring Your School Design to Life

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5 Resources That Will Help Bring Your School Design to Life

Here are 5 of some of the most eye-opening resources that are jam-packed with interesting learnings on school design.

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

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

Want to change high school? Use XQ's suite of materials to explore what high schools can be—and should be—for American students.

How a class of young writers explored climate change through storytelling

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How a class of young writers explored climate change through storytelling

Here’s how students in New Orleans published a book of student writing, and learned about storytelling and climate change in the process.

Education & Equity on MLK Day

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Education & Equity on MLK Day

Today, more than six decades after Brown v Board, and more than fifty years after Dr. King's assassination, educational equality in America still falls short of his vision for the future.

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

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

Big things are happening to high school in America's smallest state. Here's how Rhode Island schools are preparing students for the future.

Think Outside the Box and Read Between the Lines

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Think Outside the Box and Read Between the Lines

A Twitter chat about required reading, a podcast rec, and some things to add to your calendar. Here are 5 resources you need to start the week of teaching.

How Civic Education Breaks Barriers of Systemic Inequities

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How Civic Education Breaks Barriers of Systemic Inequities

Young people in under served communities were surveyed on the civics education they've received. The results will surprise you.

Making Time for Self-Reflection: A Gratefulness Routine

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Making Time for Self-Reflection: A Gratefulness Routine

Making time for reflection is hard. Here's a gratefulness routine to try to help keep you grounded and looking forward into the future.

The Key to Understanding School Design? Collaboration!

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The Key to Understanding School Design? Collaboration!

School design can help ensure that students are provided with an environment conducive to increased levels of engagement. School design is most effective when complemented by a rigorous, creative, and innovative curriculum that puts students first every step of the way. Here’s how.

Now That’s Student Voice

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Now That’s Student Voice

A powerful way to connect students, a buzzword vocabulary lesson, and a look at the future of learning. Here's 5 stories to start your week of teaching.

Authenticity in Action: An XQ School Knowledge Exchange

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Authenticity in Action: An XQ School Knowledge Exchange

This school builder in rural Tennessee visited High Tech High in San Diego. What he learned will impact the way he thinks about education.

Give Me Five Top 5: Start Next School Year With 2020 Vision

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Give Me Five Top 5: Start Next School Year With 2020 Vision

That's a wrap on 2019! Let's look back on our 5 favorite resources of the year.

I Can Do That! The Computer Science Edition

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I Can Do That! The Computer Science Edition

We spoke to a web developer to learn about her journey and what it takes to succeed in the field. Find out how she did it and how to build your future.

The Transformative Magic of “Doing” Learning, Instead of “Receiving” Learning

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The Transformative Magic of “Doing” Learning, Instead of “Receiving” Learning

This Indiana educator shares how hands-on, student driven learning has changed everything at her school.

Computer Science Through a Lens of Equity & Social Justice

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Computer Science Through a Lens of Equity & Social Justice

Here's how one school in Washington D.C. is breaking down barriers for all students to learn computer science.

How School Exchanges Can Help Break Down Cultural and Educational Barriers

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How School Exchanges Can Help Break Down Cultural and Educational Barriers

One school leader from eastern Tennessee learned visited Crosstown High, a school within a vertical village in Memphis. Here's what he learned.

How To Create Interdisciplinary Projects

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How To Create Interdisciplinary Projects

School disciplines are connected, and interdisciplinary teaching helps students connect the dots. Here's how to create meaningful projects from your students.

Tips on Writing a College Application Essay

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Tips on Writing a College Application Essay

College essays are always a daunting tasks for students and their families. Here are a couple tips to help you through the process.

School Board Governance Best Practices

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School Board Governance Best Practices

Learn how school boards can transform education in their communities by incorporating governance best practices that propel students to success.

Cure Some of Your EdTech Woes & Save $$$ On Your Tech Budget

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Cure Some of Your EdTech Woes & Save $$$ On Your Tech Budget

Marie Condo, a library of resources, and our love for CBE. 5 resources to help jumpstart your week of teaching.

Period Poverty in U.S. High Schools

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Period Poverty in U.S. High Schools

Resources around menstruation can serve as a barrier to equal access to education. Learn more about period poverty and how it impacts students around the country.

What Can We Do About Teen Vaping?

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What Can We Do About Teen Vaping?

Vaping is a public health crisis impacting the health of students today. Here's what we can do to change that.

Rethinking Coaching to Spark Innovation

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Rethinking Coaching to Spark Innovation

This instructional coach is shaking things up this year with a new "coaching" technique. See how this coach is helping educators personalize learning for every student.

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

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

Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. Learn how the power of convening can help rethink high school.

It’s Been One Year Since I Led a Student Gun Protest. Are Things Better Now?

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It’s Been One Year Since I Led a Student Gun Protest. Are Things Better Now?

One year ago, Kenia Alonzo organized a walkout at her school. Has anything changed since then?

7 teacher tips for supporting students who’ve experienced trauma

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7 teacher tips for supporting students who’ve experienced trauma

Students who’ve survived early childhood adversity or trauma – such as violence, abuse, or a death in the family – can have unique needs in the classroom. Here are some tips to meet those students where they're at.

Viral Videos, #Selfcare, and Limitless Potential.

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Viral Videos, #Selfcare, and Limitless Potential.

A podcast challenge, encouraging students to vote, and treating yourself. 5 resources to help start your week of teaching.

Books Inspiring Educators on National Author’s Day

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Books Inspiring Educators on National Author’s Day

We asked educators from across the country to share their favorite books for National Author's Day. Here are some books to add to your reading list.

Effective Teacher Resources & Strategies for ADHD

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Effective Teacher Resources & Strategies for ADHD

Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often struggle to succeed at school. Here's how we can support them.

Students, do you know your rights?

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Students, do you know your rights?

Student rights have changed over the years thanks to student activists who have fought for them. Do you know yours? Here's where to start.

13 teacher tips for building student voice and agency

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13 teacher tips for building student voice and agency

Giving students a voice in their education and the freedom to drive their learning is crucial when rethinking high school. Here are 13 tips to help your students gain agency in your classroom.

From the school board to the governor: Tips on how schools can engage with elected officials

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From the school board to the governor: Tips on how schools can engage with elected officials

From school board to state house, your elected officials regularly make important decisions that impact education. Here's how we can engage with them.

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

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

Tips from school leaders to meet the needs of students who are English language learners and students with special needs.

Grab your cape! Your powers can perform miracles…

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Grab your cape! Your powers can perform miracles…

Five resources for you to transform the way you teach. Isn't that super?

From Stonewall to the classroom: Tips for teaching LGBTQ+ history

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From Stonewall to the classroom: Tips for teaching LGBTQ+ history

LGBTQ+ history is often absent from history classes. Here are resources for you to get started teaching LGBTQ+ history in yours.

4 Students Describe Struggles Many Latinx Students Face

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4 Students Describe Struggles Many Latinx Students Face

These students discussed their Latinx identity impacts their high school experience. Here's how their school is supporting them.

How schools can clear the path to college

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How schools can clear the path to college

High schools can take steps to make the transition to college smoother so students have a higher chance of attending a school and choosing a field of study that works for them. Here's how.

8 Young Activists You Need to Hear From Today

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8 Young Activists You Need to Hear From Today

These 8 young women are changing the world through their activism work. Here’s their advice for young women who want to make an impact.

My Story as a Latinx High School Student

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My Story as a Latinx High School Student

This Memphis student shares how being Latinx has impacted her identity and her high school experience.

7 years later, I help others learn to love themselves

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7 years later, I help others learn to love themselves

Grace struggled with self image throughout high school. Now, her story inspires students today to love themselves. Here's how.

Easy steps to seamless teacher collaboration

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Easy steps to seamless teacher collaboration

Collaborating with teachers makes your classroom more efficient and interdisciplinary. Here are some tips from educators on how to start collaborating with your colleagues.

What is Latinx? Tracing Its History and Defining Its Meaning

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What is Latinx? Tracing Its History and Defining Its Meaning

The term “Latinx” is becoming more and more common. Let's talk about where it comes from, why it matters, and what it means to be a Latinx student.

Podcasts and poems and projects, oh my!

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Podcasts and poems and projects, oh my!

From helping students who have experienced trauma, to a poetry project, to a podcast rec. Here are 5 resources to start your week of teaching.

Long before Brown v. Board of Ed, there was this landmark case in California

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Long before Brown v. Board of Ed, there was this landmark case in California

The history of school desegregation is more complicated than you might think. Here's the first successful case of school desegregation in California.

FAFSA: Everything you need to know to apply for federal student financial aid

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FAFSA: Everything you need to know to apply for federal student financial aid

Everything you need to know about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (aka the FAFSA). Don't leave money on the table.

How to Encourage Students to Vote and Where to Send Them

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How to Encourage Students to Vote and Where to Send Them

Civics education is critical for students, especially those who are old enough to vote. Here are some tips to help your students become active citizens.

School lunch programs fill an essential gap for students: Here’s why we need to do more

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School lunch programs fill an essential gap for students: Here’s why we need to do more

For millions of hungry students, back-to-school also means a guaranteed meal. Here's how we can support our students in need.

How To Run a School Board Campaign

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How To Run a School Board Campaign

Running for the board of education is challenging. Here are some school board campaign ideas and steps to help you get started.

Celebrating Hispanic heritage, this month and all year round

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Celebrating Hispanic heritage, this month and all year round

Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, is commemorated across the country with festivals, exhibits, concerts, awards, lectures, and other events to honor the myriad contributions of Latinx people to American culture. How should schools be a part of this national movement?

Everyday Hero: What you’re going through now does not define you

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Everyday Hero: What you’re going through now does not define you

This student experienced homelessness, and now is going to his dream school. And he wants you to know that "...what you're going through now does not define you."

Can video games inspire an entrepreneurial mindset?

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Can video games inspire an entrepreneurial mindset?

Many tech CEOs claim video games as their initial inspiration with computer programming. But is there any research connecting the two? Find out.

How to Write a Letter to the School Board

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How to Write a Letter to the School Board

If you want your voice to be heard and to show your concern for your child and others in the community, writing a letter to the school board is an important step.

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Making an impact: From homeless high school valedictorian to Georgetown University grad

This student defied the odds and graduated from Georgetown, despite challenges. Here's her story

What does mastery really mean?

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What does mastery really mean?

Graphic novels, competency based education, and personalizing learning. 5 resources to start your week of teaching.

Four Books Your Students Will Love

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Four Books Your Students Will Love

We asked four XQ teachers to share their students' favorite books on #ReadABookDay.

How to get the most out of student internships

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How to get the most out of student internships

Internships are a great way to give students real-world experience and prepare them for life after high school. Here's what two schools are doing differently to help students get the most out the experience.

The keys to teacher success at innovative schools

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The keys to teacher success at innovative schools

This educator at an innovative high school shares her keys to success. (Hint: it starts with student voice)

Hard Work, Meet the DIY Girls: The story of an all-girl engineering team

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Hard Work, Meet the DIY Girls: The story of an all-girl engineering team

This LA-based nonprofit teaches STEM to 650 girls in elementary, middle, and high school. Here's how they do it, and what it looks like in practice.

Kids These Days

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Kids These Days

This school empowers students to impact their community through real projects. Here’s what one teacher thinks about the next generation of students.

Celebrating women’s equality from the computer lab

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Celebrating women’s equality from the computer lab

This student from rural Tennessee learned to code, and is teaching other young girls to do the same.

Young people, adult issues

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Young people, adult issues

Tech-enabeled projects, teaching hard history, and helping students cope. 5 resources to help you start the week in your classroom.

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

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

Andy is redesigning his school to put equity and student voice at the center. Here's his story from the XQ+RI challenge.

What Makes a Good School Board Member?

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What Makes a Good School Board Member?

School board members can be some of the biggest change makers for high school. But what does it take to be a good school board member?

This is what back to school training for teachers should look like

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This is what back to school training for teachers should look like

This Memphis high school changed what professional development for their teachers looks like by putting empathy at the core. Here's how they did it, and how you can too.

Never Teach Alone

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Never Teach Alone

This high school in Memphis is trying a lot of things differently. Including co-teaching. Hear from two teachers on why it matters.

How the Born This Way Foundation is supporting communities affected by mass shootings

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How the Born This Way Foundation is supporting communities affected by mass shootings

"We cannot turn away from ourselves. We cannot turn away from our loved ones. We need each other. Don’t turn away.”

Nervous about student loans? You’re not the only one

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Nervous about student loans? You’re not the only one

The student loan crisis is on everyone's mind, and it's making many students anxious. Find out why.

Help! My kid wants to go to college and I have no money

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Help! My kid wants to go to college and I have no money

Wondering how you're going to help your student pay for college? You're not alone. Here is a place to start when asking the daunting question.

Student loan debt is a national crisis: Is there anything we can do about it?

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Student loan debt is a national crisis: Is there anything we can do about it?

People all across the country have asked us questions on student loans. From solutions, to bright-spots, to is the debt even worth it — you asked, we answered.

8 Inspiring Student Projects to Jumpstart Your School Year

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8 Inspiring Student Projects to Jumpstart Your School Year

Need a few ideas for projects this school year? Here are 8 projects your students will love.

Everyday Hero: The Purpose of the Paint – Running for Women Without a Voice

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Everyday Hero: The Purpose of the Paint – Running for Women Without a Voice

When Rosalie Fish stepped up to the starting line, she was preparing to run for more than herself and her school. Find out why.

Shining the Spotlight on Educator Voice

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Shining the Spotlight on Educator Voice

One student's story, cutting college costs, and a chance for educators to share their stories. 5 resources to help you jumpstart the week in your classroom.

10 Reasons Why Teachers Should Tell Their Stories

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10 Reasons Why Teachers Should Tell Their Stories

Stories have the power to connect us, move us, and challenge us. Here are 10 reasons why educators should change hearts and minds through the power of storytelling.

Tips to teach and celebrate 54 years of the Voting Rights Act

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Tips to teach and celebrate 54 years of the Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act is a great gateway to introducing civics to your classroom. Here are a few tips to get you started.

How to Engage Community Partners

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How to Engage Community Partners

Local businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies can play a valuable role in your school culture and student success. Here's how to attract and engage community partners.

School Fundraising 2.0

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School Fundraising 2.0

Schools everywhere turn to fundraising to make their schools sustainable. Here are some tips beyond bake sales to help your school's fundraising efforts.

Why High School?

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Why High School?

Learning how to learn, powerful partnerships, and tips for parents. Here are 5 resources to jumpstart your week of teaching.

A school where students meet “failure” with a smile

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A school where students meet “failure” with a smile

This school leader visited an innovative school program in Iowa that shows the unexpected joys of project-based learning.

How to Teach Growth Mindset to Teens (For Parents)

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How to Teach Growth Mindset to Teens (For Parents)

Students who have a growth mindset experience challenges as the way to learn and improve. Here's how you can equip students with one of the most important skills.

Taking it to the streets in Cedar Rapids

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Taking it to the streets in Cedar Rapids

These students in Iowa learned about street art, history, and marketing by building a replica Berlin wall with a local museum. Here’s how.

What do students want? Ask them.

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What do students want? Ask them.

High school students tell us what’s working at their schools and what we can do to better prepare them for life beyond graduation.

Stay humble and keep learning

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Stay humble and keep learning

This school leader shares advice for teachers — and everyone else — who wants to make education a lifelong endeavor.

Do not underestimate an immigrant

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Do not underestimate an immigrant

This student shares his story about being an immigrant, and how his community and high school in Oakland helped him adapt.

Schools with cops but no counselors?

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Schools with cops but no counselors?

ACLU reports 17 million students attend schools with police officers but no school counselors, with disastrous consequences. Here's the bigger picture of what this means.

Want to Prepare Students for the Workforce? Let Them Lead.

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Want to Prepare Students for the Workforce? Let Them Lead.

This teen center learned a lot in the past 20 years about how to empower students to learn and lead. Here's what you can learn from them.

So, what does a school board do, anyway?

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So, what does a school board do, anyway?

School boards are one of the most important decision makers in public education. Here's what they do any why they matter.

Competency, Student Voice, and Old Friends

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Competency, Student Voice, and Old Friends

This school leader visited an education conference, and saw that student voice was at the center. Here's what they saw, and what they'll do next.

‘The gift of complex learners’

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‘The gift of complex learners’

Educators serving students with dyslexia, autism, and other special needs can learn from this school. See how this XQ school is taking special education seriously.

When the School Belongs to the Students

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When the School Belongs to the Students

This school belongs to students. How? This educator shares how her high school gives students a myriad of ways to express themselves and grow academically.

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