XQ+RI Grant Winners

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has released the names of 20 public high school community teams that will form the planning cohort for the groundbreaking partnership of XQ+RI: Rhode Island’s XQ Challenge. 

This is the latest step in the state’s first-of-its-kind partnership with XQ, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to reimagining high school education, so every student succeeds – no matter their race, gender, or ZIP code. XQ+RI is engaging communities to create student-centered schools that prepare all young people for the future. 

 “I am excited to see this important work move to the next stage, and for these innovative school teams to leverage these planning grants to turn their creative ideas into change on the ground,” said Governor Gina Raimondo. “With XQ’s support, we have created a powerful space for innovation, and these schools are one step closer to delivering even more for students.” 

A total of 32 planning teams applied for XQ+RI planning grants, collectively representing half of the public high schools in Rhode Island. Seventeen high schools were selected, along with three teams with concepts for entirely new schools. A group of local and national experts evaluated the proposals based on three factors: the boldness of the proposal; how student-centered the proposal was; and how broad-based the planning team was that developed it. Each of the selected teams will receive a $25,000 grant to continue building their proposals into complete innovation plans. 

For more information, including a list of the awardees, read the full press release.

Wendy Wallace