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Posted Apr. 10, 2019

Want a Winning High School? You’ll Need a Winning School Board.

In 2016, then-24-year-old Cipriano Vargas became the youngest person ever elected to the Vista Unified School Board in California. After graduating from California State University…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 28, 2017

It Doesn’t Take Millions to Support Students’ Mental Health

Brand-new charter school Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) has already drawn national attention for its commitment to incorporating the latest in tech, including virtual reality, into…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 31, 2017

Here’s Why Every Kid Needs Computer Science, Not Just the Kids Who Like Math

The nationwide rush to implement computer science (CS) education in schools is often attributed to a desire to increase workforce preparedness. This makes sense given…

By Michael Preston

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Posted Oct. 19, 2016

All She Had to Do Was Take a Plane Full of Gangbangers to Ground Zero and Now Bertie Simmons Runs a ‘Super School’

Bertie Simmons might be America’s oldest high school principal and she also may be its toughest. In 2000, reeling from the recent death of her…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Oct. 11, 2016

See Why These Kids and Teachers in San Diego Are Screaming in Celebration

Through XQ: The Super School Project, 10 schools have been awarded the chance to create novel approaches to educating high-school students. Cynics have been dismissive…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Sep. 23, 2016

This XQ Super School in Brooklyn Is Providing a Compass to the Future

The Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School is one of 10 winners of the Super School Project, a competition to reinvent public education run by XQ. The…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

Somerville Welcomes New XQ Super School: Powderhouse Studios

A big congratulations is in order for the city of Somerville, Massachusetts who recently learned they will be the home of an XQ Super School…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 14, 2016

To Hell With the Naysayers, I’m Rooting for Anyone Who Wants to #RethinkHighSchool

A decade ago, I reported on the first graduation ceremony at Chicago’s Spry Community Links High School, which I described at the time as a…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 6, 2015

Lesson From Chicago: Dropping Out on Our Students

Last week, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) finally acknowledged that it had overstated graduation rates in recent years because thousands of dropouts had been recorded as…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 17, 2019

It’s Time to Charge the Hill, Plant the Flag and Stand Up for Kids. Again.

Several years ago I went to Chicago to meet the founder of a newly formed education nonprofit that was still housed in a nondescript, temporary…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Apr. 17, 2019

20 Years After Columbine, I Still Have to Worry About My Students’ Safety

Before I left school yesterday, I looked at my classroom. Not to check and make sure the floor was clean, or to look for coats…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Apr. 12, 2019

How Educators Can Keep Their Kids Stress-Free and Learning

Trauma is a silent, but very prevalent problem in the classrooms of today. In fact, recent reports by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services…

By Jori Hamilton

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