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XQ+RI: Rhode Island’s XQ Challenge

XQ+RI is a first-of-its-kind partnership that will engage communities to create student-centered schools that help prepare all young people for the future. XQ is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to reimagining high school education so every student succeeds – no matter their race, gender, or zip code.

In 2015, XQ – Rhode Island’s partner in this endeavor – launched as a nationwide open call to reimagine and redesign the American high school. More than 10,000 people from every state answered the call with unique ideas for innovative, student-centered high schools. XQ+RI is the organization’s first statewide partnership, and XQ will be providing implementation grants of up to $500,000 each for successful redesign plans.

Read about this exciting initiative and what it means for Rhode Island schools in our official announcement, and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #XQRI.  

Learn more about XQ and their work to create Super Schools nationwide, at www.XQSuperSchool.org.

Questions about how to get involved? Contact XQRI@ride.ri.gov.

Community-Driven Design

The XQ+RI challenge will support community teams as they redesign school environments so when students graduate, they are prepared and empowered to be inventors of their own learning paths, careers, and adult lives. School design teams will be expected to engage students, families, community and higher education partners, as well as district educators, in their efforts. This process will begin with a series of XQ+RI Design Days, regional sessions where school communities can learn more about how they can participate in the statewide challenge, as well as begin to create their plans.

Get Involved with XQ+RI

XQ+RI Design Days

Design Days are an important first step in any school community's effort to join the XQ+RI effort and reimagine their high school. Successful school teams will engage a diverse range of stakeholders, and will come to the table ready to learn, challenge conventional approaches, and think differently about how we deliver services to students so that every young person in Rhode Island can be prepared for the future. 


  • Wednesday, March 13, 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. -- Rhode Island College, Student Union Ballroom: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 
  • Wednesday, March 20, 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. -- St. Joseph's Veterans Association, 99 Louise St, Woonsocket, RI 
  • Saturday, March 23, 9:00 - 12:30 p.m. -- Holiday Inn South Kingstown, 3009 Tower Hill Rd, Saunderstown, RI
  • Wednesday, March 27, 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. -- Mainstay Conference Center, 151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd, Newport, RI

Contact XQRI@ride.ri.gov for more information or questions.

XQ+RI Resources

COMING SOON! Check back for resources and materials to support the XQ+RI design planning and implementation processes.

XQ+RI Timeline


  • March 2019: XQ+RI Design Days 
  • April - May 2019: Teams work on planning grant applications 
  • May 2019: Planning Grant Applications due 
  • June 2019: Planning Grant winners announced
  • July - December 2019: Planning cohort teams work on implementation grant applications 
  • December 2019: Implementation Grant Applications due 
  • January 2020: Implementation Grant winners announced 

Contact XQRI@ride.ri.gov for more information or questions. 

What People Are Saying

XQ+RI is a first-of-its-kind statewide partnership, with support from local and state leaders, and the backing of a nationally-recognized education leader.


“Rhode Island high schools are doing some truly exciting work, with a record number of students taking advantage of advanced coursework, early college, and hands-on learning opportunities. More must be done, however, to ensure that every student accesses these opportunities and graduates prepared for college and career. XQ chose to do its first-ever statewide partnership with Rhode Island because they see tremendous potential here, and with their support and experience, we will be able to scale up best practices so that we can make high school more challenging, engaging, and relevant than ever before.”


“The high school experience lays the foundation for developing lifelong learners able to navigate a rapidly changing world. It is the fulcrum of our education system—next-generation high schools can drive improvement throughout the system, from kindergarten through college. We applaud the Governor and Commissioner for their leadership and commitment to a community-led process for creating big, ambitious change in Rhode Island’s high schools.”


“The industrial model of education, where we talk at students sitting neatly in rows, is disconnected from the realities of a 21st century economy. Increasingly, our schools – and high schools, in particular – are finding ways to better align what students are learning in the classroom to the skills and experiences they need to be ready for college and career. There is really good work happening in our high schools and with XQ’s help, we can think bigger and move faster.”


“I’m thrilled that Rhode Island has captured the attention and imagination of this national movement to improve the high school experience. Building pathways to postsecondary education and rewarding careers for all students is a critical piece of our long-term strategy for education, and the XQ Design Process will make those pathways stronger and more responsive to the needs and interests of our students.”

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