An initiative in partnership with the
RI Department of Education and the
XQ Institute.

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.

Get Involved

XQ+RI Challenge Design Days are your entry point into this exciting opportunity to reimagine high school in Rhode Island.  Any school that wants to apply for funding must send a team to one of the four regional Design Days before submitting a proposal.  To help inform the experience, school teams or individuals should come to Design Days having already posed the question, "if you could change on thing about your high school experience, what would it be?" to at least three high school students  in their community. 

Design Days are a call to action. They will serve as a primer on XQ+RI Challenge goals, an introduction to the design process, and an opportunity for schools to think outside the box when it comes to improving the high school experience for Rhode Island students. It is important to note that even if your school does not receive funding, Design Days will be a valuable and inspiring experience that helps inform your work.  Teams will leave Design Days with a better understanding of their school's challenges, ides on how to engage a more diverse group of stakeholders, and a framework for how design thinking can transform their school community.

When Are The Design Days?

  • 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

Learn More

Read about this exciting initiative and what it means for Rhode Island schools in RIDE’s official announcement, join the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #XQRI, and get all the details of the project at www.ride.ri.gov/xqri.  

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

Questions about how to get involved? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions document or contact XQRI@ride.ri.gov.