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Valley High School | Redefining a School’s Culture Through an Awareness Campaign

Over the past year, the leadership, students, and community at Valley High School in Santa Ana, California, worked with us to clarify their vision and to create strategies to make them even more effective at moving their students toward success. Valley has amazing people doing incredible work, but through a series of interviews, listening sessions, surveys, and tours in and around the campus, we were able to gather a fairly clear picture of identity challenges that need to be addressed. Challenges such as: poor self perception and lack of school pride, community misconceptions and biases, lack of energizing visuals, branding inconsistencies, and lack of strategic messaging to the feeder schools.

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Connecting Credentials

As postsecondary credentials become a requirement for both access to a good job and advancement in a career, high school students want more value from their education—they want their education to provide them with more concrete evidence of learned skills. A recent Rethinking Credentials webinar, provided by the American Council on Education (ACE) on August…

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Rethinking College: Closing the Graduation Gap

Last week, PBS News Hour ran a weeklong series looking at innovations across the country that help more young people find their way through to a higher education degree or certification. As workforce demands increasingly require advanced education, low-income students are often shut out of opportunities. The reports covered key topics identified in EPIC’s Four…

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Global Citizenship: A Study in Progress

Last month, I traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to conduct a unique, mixed-methods study of metacognitive skills at the International Baccalaureate (IB) World Student Conference. I surveyed global citizenship levels among IB Diploma Programme students from 19 nations who attended the weeklong, project-based learning experience. I conducted two diverse focus groups: one with students representing eight…


EPIC’s August Newsletter Is Out!

Check out EPIC’s August newsletter (and past issues) on our newsletter page. We discuss how community and partnerships are central to the work that EPIC does, with examples from recent projects on developing CTE course equivalent frameworks, aligning district accountability plans to college and career readiness, and using design-centered events to get teacher and administrator…

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Official Launch of the Epic School Partnerships Network!

On Thursday, August 13, 2015, Epic School Partnerships (ESP) officially launched the ESP Network. In partnership with the Salem-Keizer Public Schools, ESP facilitated a two-day institute with seven high school leadership teams.   During the sessions, the leadership teams worked together to clarify their vision for their schools and to determine how to best implement…

Spokane Public School District AVID Conference

Just got back from Rogers High School in Spokane Public School District, where I had the opportunity to speak with AVID teachers from around the area and copresent on the importance of college and career readiness with Dr. Steven Gering and Melissa Pettey. Spokane Public School District’s T24 efforts to prepare all students to successfully…