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Journalism Challenge

High School Life

Announcing the 2022 Student Journalism Challenge: My Education, My Future

Do your students challenge you with tough questions? Are they looking for ways to explore the issues they care about most?  Asking questions is a fundamental ingredient of education. It’s…

Find Out What Recent High School Grads Wish all Teachers Knew

High School Life

Find Out What Recent High School Grads Wish all Teachers Knew

As the back-to-school season continues in full swing, we asked our XQ summer interns to reflect on their high school experiences and tell us three things they really want teachers…

Young man at a demonstration wearing a t shirt that says "i love my history, i love my culture, i love my people, i love me"

High School & Society

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.

The NASBE Interview: Russlynn Ali on High School Transformation

High School & Society

The NASBE Interview: Russlynn Ali on High School Transformation

The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the world. Entire systems adapted to a new normal, shifting their infrastructure and processes to a remote world. COVID-19 changed the way we work, how we spend our free time, and—most importantly—how we care for and educate young people.

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

High School Redesign

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.

#XQMISTYCHALLENGE: Featuring the student winners of the XQ Dance Challenge ft. Misty Copeland

High School Life

#XQMISTYCHALLENGE: Featuring the student winners of the XQ Dance Challenge ft. Misty Copeland

#ARTIVISM: These Students Won the XQ Art + Activism Challenge ft. BMike

High School Life

#ARTIVISM: These Students Won the XQ Art + Activism Challenge ft. BMike

Advice From a Student Activist on ARP Funding

High School & Society

Advice From a Student Activist on ARP Funding

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

Recommendations to Support High School Transformation

High School Redesign

Recommendations 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.

Federal COVID Relief Funds for K-12 Education by State

High School Redesign

Federal COVID Relief Funds for K-12 Education by State

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

Federal COVID Relief Funds Are Available to States and Districts. Let’s Invest Them in High School Transformation.

High School Redesign

Federal COVID Relief Funds Are Available to States and Districts. 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.

High School Graduates: Preparing for Your Next Step

Beyond High School Graduation

High School Graduates: Preparing for Your Next Step

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

#Artivism: The Power of Art in Raising Student Activists

High School Life

#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.

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

High School Redesign

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.

A Holistic Approach to Teaching Black History Year-Round

High School & Society

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.

High School Transformation is Necessary and Possible

High School Redesign

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.

Upbeat Academy: Music Education that Transforms Lives

High School Life

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?

High School & Society

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

High School Life

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.

5 Resources for Student Wellness and Stress Management

High School & Society

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

High School & Society

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

High School Redesign

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.

Teen Activists on Elections, Civic Life, and Grassroots Organizing

High School Life

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

High School Redesign

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.

5 Resources for College Planning During COVID-19

Beyond High School Graduation

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.

Off-White Founder Virgil Abloh Interview on Education, Art, Culture, and Design

Beyond High School Graduation

Off-White Founder Virgil Abloh Interview on Education, Art, Culture, and Design

These High School Students are Learning Through Filmmaking

High School Life

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.

Yo Yo Ma

High School Redesign

Yo-Yo Ma

Travis Bristol

High School Redesign

Travis Bristol

Tosha Downey

High School Redesign

Tosha Downey

Soledad O'Brien

High School Redesign

Soledad O'Brien

Sebastian Jackson

High School Redesign

Sebastian Jackson

Roland Martin

Beyond High School Graduation

Roland Martin

Renée Fleming

High School Life

Renée Fleming

Pearl Esau

High School & Society

Pearl Esau

Paul Freiling

High School Redesign

Paul Freiling

Mike Johnston

High School & Society

Mike Johnston

Michelle Purdy

High School & Society

Michelle Purdy

Michelle Morales

High School Life

Michelle Morales

Mauro Bautista

High School & Society

Mauro Bautista

Mari Koerner

High School Redesign

Mari Koerner

Margarita Bianco

High School Redesign

Margarita Bianco

Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell

High School Redesign

Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell

Joe Nader

Beyond High School Graduation

Joe Nader

Jennifer Guarino

Beyond High School Graduation

Jennifer Guarino

5 Post-Election Resources To Keep Students Civically Engaged

High School & Society

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.

Hill Harper

Beyond High School Graduation

Hill Harper

Geoffrey Canada

High School Redesign

Geoffrey Canada

Frank Luntz

High School & Society

Frank Luntz

Donell Jones-Craven

High School & Society

Donnell Jones-Craven

David Kratzer

High School & Society

David Kratzer

Darren Chapman

High School Redesign

Darren Chapman

Darian Wigfall

High School & Society

Darian Wigfall

Common

High School Redesign

Common

Christine Bischoff

High School & Society

Christine Bischoff

Bill Robertson

High School Redesign

Bill Robertson

Bill Bynum

High School Redesign

Bill Bynum

Arne Duncan

High School Redesign

Arne Duncan

Alberto Carvalho

High School & Society

Alberto Carvalho

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

High School & Society

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? 

School and Community Partnerships

High School Redesign

Ways to Build School-Community Partnerships | Why XQ

why rethink high school

High School Redesign

Why Should We #ReThinkHighSchool? | Why XQ

Youth Voice: Supporting and Listening to Students |  Why XQ

High School Redesign

Youth Voice: Supporting and Listening to Students | Why XQ

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High School Life

This Student is Learning Computer Science in High School | XQ Students

College & Career and Why It’s Important | Why XQ

Beyond High School Graduation

College & Career and Why It’s Important | Why XQ

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

High School Redesign

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.

Explore Your Identity with Ashanti Branch (Lesson 2: Who Are You Listening To?)

High School Life

Explore Your Identity with Ashanti Branch (Lesson 2: Who Are You Listening To?)

Explore Your Identity with Ashanti Branch (Lesson 1: Who Are You?)

High School Life

Explore Your Identity with Ashanti Branch (Lesson 1: Who Are You?)

School Reopening Resources, Tips, and Examples for Educators

High School Redesign

School Reopening Resources, Tips, and Examples for Educators

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

A Guide on How to Pay for College

Beyond High School Graduation

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.

5 Resources for Creating the Future After COVID-19

High School Redesign

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.

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

High School Redesign

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.

Voting and Election Resources for Educators and Students

High School & Society

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

High School & Society

#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.

Lessons from a Promising Denver High School That Will Not Open

High School Redesign

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.

5 Resources To Navigate the Hybrid and Remote Learning School Year

High School Redesign

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.

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

High School & Society

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?

5 Resources for Reopening A More Equitable Education System

High School Redesign

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.

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

High School Redesign

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…

5 Resources to Put Your School Reopening Plans into Action

High School Redesign

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.

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

Beyond High School Graduation

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.

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

High School & Society

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

High School Redesign

5 Resources to Inform School Reopening Plans

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

5 Resources to Address Racial and Systemic Inequities in Education

High School & Society

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.

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

High School Life

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.

5 Resources to Abolish Systemic Racism Through Education

High School & Society

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

High School Redesign

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

High School & Society

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

High School Life

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

High School Life

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?

Beyond High School Graduation

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.

5 Resources to Celebrate High School Seniors in Time for Graduation

High School & Society

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

High School Life

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.

Celebrate Your Everyday Heroes on Teacher Appreciation Day

High School Life

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

High School Life

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

High School Life

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.

Hope Thrives From This High School’s Community Garden

High School Life

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.

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

High School & Society

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.

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

High School & Society

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.

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