Author: Edward Montalvo

Educator Nikki Wallace smiling and posing for a picture with a female student

Teaching & Learning

Representation Matters: Supporting Black Teachers to Support Student Success

By leveraging community partnerships, XQ educator Nikki Wallace is able to support and empower Black teachers in the STEM sector. Learn more.

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High School Life

ChatGPT & Students: What do I do with A.I. in the classroom?

Lately, I’ve been reading everything I can about the open-source artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT. There are dozens of stories about students submitting spectacular essays written by the chatbot. This…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of a crowd of 250,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963

Teaching & Learning

Living History: Bringing Dr. King & Civil Rights Education to the Classroom

While attending the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2016, I had the chance to visit the National Center for Civil and Human…

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Teaching & Learning

Xtra Help: Using Design Thinking to Organize Your PBL Classroom

I’ve written previously about how project-based learning is the future of schools—a future many schools are making a reality now. PBL is a teaching method where students gain…

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High School Redesign

The Future of Schools Is Ready to Launch

The future of schools isn’t in the stars; it’s in classrooms across the country. Discover 8 educational practices that are essential for future-ready schools.

Students gathered and forming a circle in a high school park

Teaching & Learning

Beyond Field Trips: Bringing Place-Based Learning to the Classroom

We need to build classrooms without walls. It sounds antithetical to our assumptions about school. After all, a school is where you go to learn, and classrooms are where teachers…

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High School & Society

Supporting Our Libraries: Insights from a High School Librarian

When I was hired as the English teacher at PSI High, an XQ Super School, my school leader encouraged me to build a classroom library. I started with graphic…

Female teacher in pink blouse fostering classroom culture by instructing students joyfully and using visual learning tools

Teaching & Learning

Educator Tips on Enhancing Classroom Culture

Subscribe to the XQ Xtra Newsletter One of the first steps in developing a classroom management strategy is establishing a guideline for expectations and behaviors. Whether you’ve been…

Give Me Five Gets A New Look, New Name, and New Expertise

High School Life

Give Me Five Gets A New Look, New Name, and New Expertise

It’s a new year and a new chance for us to help shape the future. My name is Edward Montalvo, the new Senior Education Writer at the XQ Institute. As…

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