November 20, 2019 – When you change schools, you change the entire system, pre-k through higher ed. That was a theme at ExcelinEd’s National Summit on Education in San Diego, where state and local policymakers, education leaders, and advocates gathered to learn about new trends, successful policies, and the latest innovations.

[Pictured above is Derek Jensen, Coordinator, PSI High School, Seminole County Public Schools, Steven Stapleton, Principal, Houston ISD, and Jennifer Ellis, Director of Policy Engagement, XQ Institute.]

At the convening, I moderated a panel of experts convened by XQ Institute, Seminole County Public Schools in Florida, and Houston Independent School District, on how to reimagine high schools and the state and local policies that guide them. Two school leaders shared how they are creating vital education experiences for their students and how they leveraged good practice to create good policies. XQ Institute presented an update on their important work, including the plans to make its knowledge modules and other tools even more accessible for the thousands of educators, students, parents, and community leaders wanting to create 21st century high schools. Learn more at

You can watch the full session below.