Tag: Student Agency, Identity & Experiences

How Do Students Really Feel About High School? And What Can Educators Do About It?

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How Do Students Really Feel About High School? And What Can Educators Do About It?

Between class, homework, and extracurriculars, high school students spend much of their lives at school. As Anna, a student at Crosstown High, an XQ school in Memphis, TN, explained,…

Listen to How Teachers Can Help Students Feel Seen on “This Teenage Life”

High School Life

Listen to How Teachers Can Help Students Feel Seen on “This Teenage Life”

XQ  is proud to sponsor This Teenage Life (TTL), a podcast made by and for teens. TTL features diverse teen voices and helps them share their stories about issues that…

What Happened to Reading for Fun? And What Can We Do About It?

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What Happened to Reading for Fun? And What Can We Do About It?

You know you’ve got a problem when you’re afraid to check your screen time. Over the past year and a half, I’ve started dreading my weekly average report every Sunday, as the hours I spent on my phone each day steadily climbed with every month in lockdown. 

Student Advice on Centering Mental Health by Welcoming Students as They Are

High School & Society

Student Advice on Centering Mental Health by Welcoming Students as They Are

The pandemic placed student mental health at the forefront of education, but how schools reopen could help us build a more resilient and caring education.

The First Graduates of this Brooklyn High School Prove that Perseverance Pays Off

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The First Graduates of this Brooklyn High School Prove that Perseverance Pays Off

Brooklyn Laboratory High School opened with family and parent insight at the core. This year they graduate a truly exceptional class of changemakers.

Brown Ballerinas for Change: What One Organization Can Teach Us About Dance, Artivism, and Empowering Young People

High School & Society

Brown Ballerinas for Change: What One Organization Can Teach Us About Dance, Artivism, and Empowering Young People

Learn more about why we’re inviting students ages 13 to 21 to tell their story through movement and dance based on what we learned from the organization Brown Ballerinas for Change.

Repeal the Invisible Tax on Educators of Color

High School & Society

Repeal the Invisible Tax on Educators of Color

Black educators move through the profession carrying an extra burden that often pushes Black educators out of the profession. Director of the Center for Black Educator Development Sharif El-Mekki discusses this “Invisible Tax” and proposes solutions to keep educators of colors in the classroom.

An XQ Toolkit That Makes High School Transformation Possible in Every Community

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An XQ Toolkit That Makes High School Transformation Possible in Every Community

We believe high school transformation is necessary and possible. And, we know, there’s no one way to do it.

#Artivism: The Power of Art in Raising Student Activists

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#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.

These Students Won the XQ #MakeASongChallenge

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These Students Won the XQ #MakeASongChallenge

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.

Renée Fleming

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Renée Fleming

Michelle Morales

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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

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

Taking Up Space as a Black Woman Is a Revolutionary Act

High School Life

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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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

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

High School Life

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.

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.

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.

High School Life

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.

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

High School Life

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.

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

High School Life

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.

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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