Program Information & Resources
The Cross State High School Collaborative is using the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to create high schools that help communities thrive in the 21st Century. The CSHSC hopes to achieve this goal by:
- A hopeful, positive, future-orientated framework to design high schools for the 21st Century rather than being seen as failed schools in need of reform
- The goal is not a high school diploma but strong pathways through high school to post-secondary and adult success for all students
- Use an Evidence-based, but locally customized/orientated plan for redesign—not one way for all
- Address stress and scarcity through capacity building and technical assistance partners tightly aligned to community’s redesign vision and goals
- Break social isolation via cross-state networks of schools facing similar challenges by providing opportunities for school leaders to travel to see other possibilities
- In high needs communities make the redesigned high school the center of community economic development and social integration efforts
The resources on this page help communicate the vision, goals, key ideas, work plans, etc. of the redesign collaborative. There are also valuable outreach and needs assessment resources available.
The section titled, CSHSC Participating States & Partners contains resources submitted from the seven participating states.
XQ’s Knowledge Modules offer 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.
The XQ Knowledge Modules. The modules, organized into three categories
CSHSC Overview & Goals
CSHSC Approach to Using ESSA for High School Redesign
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ESSA Redesign Overview & First Steps is a PowerPoint presentation outlining the goals and first steps of the Cross-State High School Collaborative redesign efforts.
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Equity, ESSA, and Secondary School Reform and Innovation a presentation prepared by Dr. Robert Balfanz, director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, for the CSSOS Annual Policy Forum in November, 2016
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Outreach to Schools & Districts
Draft One-Page Letter to Potential Participating High Schools outlines the program and its components
Needs Assessments for Low-Performing High Schools this PowerPoint provides guidance for using needs assessments to support high school redesign, including: logic of school improvement, how school redesign differs from school improvement, how ESSA needs assessments need to be different for low-performing high schools, what is the goal of needs assessments in supporting high school redesign, and many more!
Download the Report (PDF)
Download the Report (MSPPT)
There are additional resources on the Needs Assessment page.
Mindshift & Supporting Structres Posters
These posters help illustrate CSHSC’s four evidence-based driver mindshifts. These mindshifts are the foundation of CSHSC’s high school redesign philosophy. You’re welcome to download, reproduce and freely display these images across multiple formats and share with your team. To download, click on the image then right-click and use the “Save Image As” function.
Lessons Learned in Massachusetts High School Turnaround
School Redesign Scoring Rubric
School Redesign Scoring Rubric is a rubric developed by Louisiana Believes (LA Department of Education). Part 1 addresses the required plan elements of needs assessment and budget. Part 2 Addresses the school redesign plan through core academics, special populations, talent, and LEA systems.
How to Succeed in School Turnaround
How to Succeed in School Turnaround: Strategies That Characterize Successful Turnaround Schools in Massachusetts in 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) collaborated with American Institutes for Research (AIR) to measure the impact of School Redesign Grants (SRGs) on student academic performance.
Massachusetts Turnaround Practices Field Guide (2016 )
Principals Pursuing Excellence
Internationally Benchmarked Self-Assessment Tool for Secondary Learning
Using Needs Assessments to Drive School and District Improvement
Understanding and Maximizing Federally Required Needs Assessments
What Louisiana is Doing
The State of Louisiana is kicking off a redesign cohort of 31 high schools in summer 2018. The cohort is made up of traditional high schools, charter high schools and alternative high schools. This was a competitive application process and schools had to apply; the State then chose the most promising applicants. Visit the Louisiana Believes for more information on their mission to improving struggling schools.
The documents below are the materials participant schools received, as well as state planning documents and slides from the initial kick-off webinar to introduce the cohort.
Louisiana Department of Education High School Redesign Cohort is a 20-slide MS PowerPoint presentation of the goals, benefits and expectations of the cohort.
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High School Redesign Data Collection Form is an MS Excel spreadsheet to collect data on graduates.
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Email Notification Template is an MS Word document that can be used to welcome and outlining participation.
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Application Overview is an MS Word document outlining the Hopkins application process
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High School Student Profiles is a six-page form to capture the data from the freshman interviews.
Click to Download the Profile (PDF)
Teachers are Designers is a five-page article the examines addressing problems of practice in education.
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Have a resource to share? Please share any useful resource, tool, website, etc. that you found helpful during your redesign.
Have a story to tell? Please share any experience, anecdote, cautionary tale you encountered during your redesign.