The Four Drivers of Redesign
The Cross State High School Redesign Collaborative is built around a hopeful, positive, future-orientated framework to redesign high schools for the 21st Century. We organize the evidence base into four key drivers of student outcomes that schools can directly influence and impact.
Students at the Center
Focusing high school redesign efforts on always keeping students at the center of their educational experiences.
Teaching & Learning
Focusing on how to best stage and sequence teach and learning to build the necessary teacher, leader, and student capacities in supportive and achievable manners.
Redesigning all students’ postsecondary pathways to focus on high school as a beginning not an ending.
What is CSHSC?
This two-minute video describes the Cross State High School Redesign Collaborative’s goals for high school redesign.
The Cross State High School Redesign Collaborative (CSHSC) was established in 2017 and is a joint effort of six participating states, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, supported by the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and Civic Enterprises.
The goal is to use the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to enable struggling high schools in high-needs communities to reinvent themselves and become institutions that propel adolescents to adult success in their communities in the 21st century.
The participating states and partners are co-developing an evidence-based high school redesign process with supportive tools and practices. The collaborative’s vision is to create a network of participating high school facing similar redesign challenges and support them through proven technical assistance providers and capacity builders to create a common set of on-track school success metrics.
XQ Super School Redesign Resources
The XQ Super School Project offers a wide-variety of valuable multi-media resources to help redesign teams through the challenges and rewards of redesign.
XQ Knowledge Modules
A mix of cutting-edge academic research and inspiration to help anyone think boldly about both the possibilities and the realities of rethinking high school. Read more.
XQ Expert Series
A series of conversations with transformational leaders in education. Each module contains inspiring stories, examples, and lessons learned from across the country. Read more.
High School Redesign Workbook
High School Redesign Workbook is a comprehensive redesign tool designed by CSHSC collaborators to assist in the sequencing and design of your high school redesign. It is easily customizable to include specific shool, district, and/or state redesign components. Download the Workbook (PDF)
Conduct Needs Assessments
Needs assessments identify current areas of challenge and areas where evidence-based improvement strategies should be applied. Read more. . .
Inviting Community Input
Community Input from students, parents, educators, partners and community members is vital components to high school design. Read more. . .
When COVID-19 began in 2020, CSHSC began offering resources to help educators cope with the continuing challenges of providing learning & support to students, families, teachers, and staff during the pandemic. Learn more.
Our virtual forums focuses on helping educators continue to keep focused on their redesign efforts. View recorded forums.
Here we’ll build out describing the purpose of redesign and why it is important.
Relationships: the Superpower of Redesign
CSHSC’s goal is to assist schools high schools in high-needs communities to reinvent themselves and become institutions that propel adolescents towards adult success in their communities.
Building and fostering postivie relationships inside and outside the school are vital to successful implementation of the Four Key Drivers.
Building relationships often means shifting existing mindsets to a more evidence-based set.
What the Evidence Says
Use evidence-based research and tools to build positive relationships.