Category: High School Life

  • 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.

  • These Students Won the XQ #MakeASongChallenge

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    These Students Won the XQ #MakeASongChallenge

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Equitable Teaching Strategies: Asset Framing in Practice

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    Equitable Teaching Strategies: Asset Framing in Practice

  • 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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    Renée Fleming

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    Michelle Morales

  • student janay kelley spoken word artists

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    Student Performs Powerful Spoken Word Poem About Graduation and Life

  • explore identity workshop with ashanti branch

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    How to Find Your Identity: Workshop and Framework with Ashanti Branch

  • XQ Super School: Da Vinci RISE High

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    This Student Went Through the Foster System. Now She’s Graduating.| XQ Students

  • World Teacher Day: Students Surprise Teachers With Messages

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    World Teacher Day: Students Surprise Teachers With Messages

  • This Student Started a Project to Bring Her Community Together |  XQ Students

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    This Student Started a Project to Bring Her Community Together | XQ Students

  • Mini Shark Tank: Middle School Female Entrepreneurs Pitch Business Ideas

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    Mini Shark Tank: Middle School Female Entrepreneurs Pitch Business Ideas

  • students give motivational speeches to teachers

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    Supporting Students Share Words of Motivation for Teachers During COVID-19 Pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 & career. Here’s why it matters and how to support mental health during remote learning.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Future Of Coastal Preservation Is In The Hands Of High Schoolers

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    The Future Of Coastal Preservation Is In The Hands Of High Schoolers

    Students at this New Orleans high school are learning hands-on the effects of climate change, and equipping themselves with the knowledge to solve it.

  • How a hot-dog stand is changing young people’s lives in Alabama

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    How a hot-dog stand is changing young people’s lives in Alabama

    This student-run hot dog stand in Alabama is teaching students valuable skills in high school. Find out how they've made an impact.

  • 7 Quotes From March For Our Lives On The Power of Youth Voice

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    7 Quotes From March For Our Lives On The Power of Youth Voice

    The power of student voice matters. Our students shared inspiring messages and their words spoke volumes. Here are some of the most powerful quotes from March For Our Lives.

  • Want to create a more inclusive school? Give students a voice

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    Want to create a more inclusive school? Give students a voice

    Maryland high school students find on-campus forums make all the difference. Find out what giving students a voice does at this school.

  • Students are encouraged to fail in this brilliant business program for kids.

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    Students are encouraged to fail in this brilliant business program for kids.

    This program gives students the opportunity to be entrepreneurs and learn through failure. Learn how these students were able to fail forward.

  • How Bartleby Changed The Way I See My Own Education

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    How Bartleby Changed The Way I See My Own Education

    This student helped design a school of the future, driven by student passion and real-world experience. Here’s her story.

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