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5 Resources for Youth Voice and Choice

High School Redesign

5 Resources for Youth Voice and Choice

High school is a time of self-discovery. As your students explore who they are and what issues matter to them, you can empower them as leaders and thinkers by…

XQ Design Principle: Youth Voice and Choice

High School Redesign

XQ Design Principle: Youth Voice and Choice

Transformational schools do what might seem courageous to some: they give students an active voice in their learning and the power to shape it. This commitment to youth voice and…

Caring, Trusting Relationships in High School Matter Now More Than Ever

High School Redesign

Caring, Trusting Relationships in High School Matter Now More Than Ever

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

This High School Uses Community Partnerships to Bring History to Life

High School Life

This High School Uses Community Partnerships to Bring History to Life

Attyn, a 10th grader, always thought it was “normal” that his neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Mich., wasn’t quite as safe and well-kept as other parts of town. He took it…

Ten Tips for Teacher Self-Care

High School & Society

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.

The Relationship Between Parental and Family Involvement and Student Success

High School Redesign

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.

5 Tips to Build Caring and Trusting Relationships

High School Redesign

5 Tips to Build Caring and Trusting Relationships

Teaching is all about relationships. Before students can succeed academically, they need to feel seen, supported, and cared for by the adults at school. That’s why this week, we’re…

XQ Design Principle: Caring, Trusting Relationships

High School Redesign

XQ Design Principle: Caring, Trusting Relationships

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced a pivot to remote learning, the team at Latitude High School, an XQ school in Oakland, California, made an intentional effort to meet student…

6 Ways Schools Can Involve Communities Better

High School Redesign

6 Ways Schools Can Involve Communities Better

“Our community is the epicenter of a big urban city facing a number of environmental and social justice issues, like food deserts, gentrification, polluted air and water, flooding, and climate…

The Writing, and Mission, is on the Wall at this Innovative High School

High School Life

The Writing, and Mission, is on the Wall at this Innovative High School

Walk the halls of Elizabethton High School, an XQ school in rural Tennessee, and you’re bound to be drawn to one of the many curious images on display through…

5 Community Partnerships in Action

High School Redesign

5 Community Partnerships in Action

This week, we’re continuing our deep dive into the power of community partnerships! We’ve discussed some guiding principles for how to create and sustain partnerships with your community.

How an Innovative High School Internship Led to a Job in Virtual Reality

High School Life

How an Innovative High School Internship Led to a Job in Virtual Reality

Skyler Hilton grew up in a low-income family in Elizabethton, Tenn. His family was like many families in rural America. They often struggled with unemployment and instability. However, Skyler had…

5 Ways to Engage Community Partners

High School Redesign

5 Ways to Engage Community Partners

Imagine if your students could learn about ecology by gardening alongside local experts. Or what if they could study architecture with an internship at a professional design firm?…

XQ Design Principle: Community Partnerships

High School Redesign

XQ Design Principle: Community Partnerships

If learning can happen anytime and in any location, then we need to expand the definition of what ‘school’ is to transform the high school experience. By engaging the full…

5 Ways to Build Strong Mission and Culture

High School Redesign

5 Ways to Build Strong Mission and Culture

What values motivate you as an educator? How would you describe your ideal school culture? These questions are important, because when schools have a clear sense of purpose and community,…

XQ Design Principle: Strong Mission and Culture

High School Redesign

XQ Design Principle: Strong Mission and Culture

Pablo Resendiz couldn’t help himself. The proud principal had to post a tweet, as the students he taught, advocated for, and collaborated with accepted their diplomas as graduates of…

How Schools Can Meet the Moment With Programs to Teach the Whole Child

High School Redesign

How Schools Can Meet the Moment With Programs to Teach the Whole Child

The emergence of COVID-19 variants is impacting schools working through exactly how to spend the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) stimulus funds. On the one hand, these…

5 Resources for Meaningful and Engaged Learning

High School Redesign

5 Resources for Meaningful and Engaged Learning

Great classrooms all have one thing in common: they involve students in meaningful and engaged learning. You probably recognize meaningful and engaged learning when you see it: students are…

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High School Life

5 Ways to Center Student Leadership

During the pandemic, high school students stepped up. They navigated remote learning, cared for each other during tough times, and took action to dream and shape a…

What Is Student Centered Learning and Why Is It Important?

High School Redesign

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.

XQ Design Principle: Meaningful, Engaged Learning

High School Redesign

XQ Design Principle: Meaningful, Engaged Learning

Transforming high school is hard work. The task can feel overwhelming and it can be hard to figure out exactly where or how to start. For XQ schools, the journey…

School Sustainability Is About More Than Just Keeping the Doors Open

High School Redesign

School Sustainability Is About More Than Just Keeping the Doors Open

You’re reading this because you want to transform high school. You might already know first-hand just how challenging it is to rethink, redesign, and collaboratively build a student-driven high school…

Listen to Students to Navigate Change

High School Redesign

Listen to Students to Navigate Change

As educators, students, families, and communities continue to reckon with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the national conversation about its impact on high school students has centered…

Why You Should Prioritize Supporting Students With Disabilities With Your Federal COVID Relief Dollars

High School Redesign

Why You Should Prioritize Supporting Students With Disabilities With Your Federal COVID Relief Dollars

As school leaders welcomed students back to the classroom for the 2021-22 school year, they began to determine how to spend the more than $190 billion in federal COVID…

Redefining Failure to Embrace Student Learning

High School Life

Redefining Failure to Embrace Student Learning

This XQ school takes a bold approach and delivers a curriculum and school experience that’ll help students embrace failure as a part of real-world problem solving.

The Community is the Classroom – Now What?

High School Life

The Community is the Classroom – Now What?

This school makes the community the classroom, but that is more than just a sentiment. Learn just how this XQ school involves the entire community in rethinking high school.

Project-Based Learning is Rooted in Community at this Santa Ana High School

High School Life

Project-Based Learning is Rooted in Community at this Santa Ana High School

Curriculum and community go hand in hand at Círculos—an XQ school in Santa Ana, California.

Break Down Classroom Walls to Build Up Student Competencies

High School Life

Break Down Classroom Walls to Build Up Student Competencies

Learning can take place at any time and in any location. Check out how this XQ school made out-of-classroom learning experiences meaningful.

This Indiana High School is Closing the College Access Gap

High School Redesign

This Indiana High School is Closing the College Access Gap

Years ago, leaders from across Indiana came together to solve a big college access gap. The solution? Purdue Polytechnic High School, an XQ school in Indianapolis, that just graduated its first class.

Students Reflect on What It Means to Be the First Graduates of a High School Designed Just for Them

Beyond High School Graduation

Students Reflect on What It Means to Be the First Graduates of a High School Designed Just for Them

Círculos, an XQ school in Santa Ana, California, was designed for students with a community at the center. Four years later, the revolutionary school graduates its first class.

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.

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.

What Are Restorative Justice Circles, and When Can They be Utilized?

High School Redesign

What Are Restorative Justice Circles, and When Can They be Utilized?

Restorative justice circles are a great tool for building relationships and achieving goals. Here's how you can use them in your classroom and beyond.

Tosha Downey

High School Redesign

Tosha Downey

Arne Duncan

High School Redesign

Arne Duncan

Students Engage in Project-Based Learning. The Results Surprised Them | Why XQ

High School Redesign

Students Engage in Project-Based Learning. The Results Surprised Them | Why XQ

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High School Redesign

Ensuring Educational Equity for all our Students and Schools | Why XQ

Developing Growth Mindset in Students  |  Why XQ

High School Redesign

Developing Growth Mindset in Students | Why XQ

Youth Voice: Supporting and Listening to Students |  Why XQ

High School Redesign

Youth Voice: Supporting and Listening to Students | Why XQ

XQ+RI’s TAPA Is on a Journey to Create a School that Is High Love and High Rigor

High School Redesign

XQ+RI’s TAPA Is on a Journey to Create a School that Is High Love and High Rigor

This innovative arts high school in Rhode Island puts relationships at the center.

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.

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

High School Redesign

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.

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.

Cropped shot of a young man writing on a whiteboard in a classroom

High School Redesign

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.

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.

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.

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

High School Redesign

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.

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

High School Redesign

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.

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

High School Redesign

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.

Tips on How to Use Social Media for Schools

High School Redesign

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

High School Redesign

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.

Rethinking equity in education with an XQ school leader

High School Redesign

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.

Want a Strong School Culture? Focus on Coherent School Leadership

High School Redesign

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

High School Redesign

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

High School Redesign

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

High School Redesign

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.

Bold is the goal in rethinking New York City high schools

High School Redesign

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.

5 Resources for Developing a Strong School Mission & Culture

High School Redesign

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.

School Builders Share What It Means to #ReThinkHighSchool in Practice

High School Redesign

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

High School Redesign

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.

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

High School Redesign

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.

Authenticity in Action: An XQ School Knowledge Exchange

High School Redesign

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.

Computer Science Through a Lens of Equity & Social Justice

High School Redesign

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

High School Redesign

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.

Rethinking Coaching to Spark Innovation

High School Redesign

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.

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

High School Redesign

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.

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

High School Redesign

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.

A school where students meet “failure” with a smile

High School Redesign

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.

When the School Belongs to the Students

High School Redesign

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.

What Happens When Students Decide How They Learn?

High School Redesign

What Happens When Students Decide How They Learn?

Giving students a voice in their education empowers them to do great things. But there's more than one path to giving students agency. Here are how several schools around the country empower young people.

This ‘Vertical Urban Village’ Will Change How You Think About Education

High School Redesign

This ‘Vertical Urban Village’ Will Change How You Think About Education

What if a school located in a vertical neighborhood could partner with neighboring businesses and keep student voice, passions, and agency at the core? Enter Crosstown High School...

Marginalized Students Deserve Better. Here’s How We Give Them Just That.

High School Redesign

Marginalized Students Deserve Better. Here’s How We Give Them Just That.

It’s easy for vulnerable students to fall through the cracks of an education system that fails its most marginalized students of resources. Here's what one LA school builder decided to do about it.

In A Contemporary, Media-Driven World, These Two Schools Are Rethinking Education

High School Redesign

In A Contemporary, Media-Driven World, These Two Schools Are Rethinking Education

These two southern California schools are taking two different approaches to connect their students to the community to prepare them for the future. Here's how they do it.

Researchers and teachers agree: Students deserve a seat at the table

High School Redesign

Researchers and teachers agree: Students deserve a seat at the table

What can we do to both develop a sufficient and sustainable learner and break down the damaging idea of a learning hierarchy? We can begin by creating a student-centered learning environment where we start with what the students already know rather than what’s on page one of the textbook.

What we learned after Year One as a Super School

High School Redesign

What we learned after Year One as a Super School

This innovative New Orleans high school focused on the environment has been open for a year. Here’s what they’ve learned so far.

How a Bronx alternative school became a ‘place of solace for all’

High School Redesign

How a Bronx alternative school became a ‘place of solace for all’

These D.C. educators visited a school in the Bronx that serves under served kids, but uses blended, personalized learning to help their students reach their goals. Here's what they learned from the trip.

This School Set Inside A City Museum Is Redefining Education

High School Redesign

This School Set Inside A City Museum Is Redefining Education

Imagine taking a field trip to a museum every day of high school, without having to leave the school building. Enter Grand Rapids Public Museum High School...

Rising Above: A school builder’s journey towards understanding the needs of at – risk youth in LA

High School Redesign

Rising Above: A school builder’s journey towards understanding the needs of at – risk youth in LA

Da Vinci RISE High was designed around supporting homeless and foster youth in LA. Here's what a school builder has learned along the way.

How an “Our Kids, Our Goals” Approach Works to Support Students

High School Redesign

How an “Our Kids, Our Goals” Approach Works to Support Students

A poster hanging in the hallway between the teacher’s lounge and leadership office reads, “We Signed Up For This.” Here's what that means for the culture and approach of this D.C. high school.

Does your school’s testing culture benefit students?

High School Redesign

Does your school’s testing culture benefit students?

This counselor has changed her perspective (and her school's) on testing. Learn what she does differently.

Hope, empowerment, and saving the planet at New Harmony High

High School Redesign

Hope, empowerment, and saving the planet at New Harmony High

This New Orleans high school is taking a hands-on approach to learning about climate change, and how it’s affecting their local community.

Where the city meets the classroom: Latitude High opens in – and around – Oakland

High School Redesign

Where the city meets the classroom: Latitude High opens in – and around – Oakland

This new interdisciplinary high school in Oakland uses their community as the classroom. Here’s how.

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High School Redesign

When a school opens its arms to immigrants

This school, whose students are over 80% immigrants, uses relationships and empathy as their strength. Here’s how they do it.

Real transformation begins on the ground level

High School Redesign

Real transformation begins on the ground level

150 preview copy for the article: This school leader in an innovative rural high school in Tennessee is empowering students to be change-makers and agents of their own change.

Envisioning the Graduate of the Future

High School Redesign

Envisioning the Graduate of the Future

With the whirlwind changes in technology, the job market of the future will look far different than it does today. What does a future-ready high school graduate look like?

A school that embraces the ‘messy, personalized’ journey to competency

High School Redesign

A school that embraces the ‘messy, personalized’ journey to competency

At Avalon, the focus is on how students learn, as much as what they learn. This is what one school leader learned from his visit.

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