Epic Steps Issue 12 – August 2017

“It’s time to be a disruptive peacemaker. In the classroom, that means being an anti-racist educator.

As educators, we should be laying the groundwork to build trust, understand foundational information and explicitly express anti-racist values from the first day of class so all students have the skills to grapple with these contradictions.”


Epic Steps Issue 10 – June 2017

Opening a new high school in an established district is a challenge that can be daunting in many respects. Mountainside High School in the Beaverton School District (Beaverton, Oregon) is no exception. A team from EPIC worked with the Mountainside leadership team to help clarify the importance of shared cultural identity and its role in the success of the school.


EPIC Newsletter – June 2017

A recent article in Getting Smart, Santa Ana Unified Creating Incredible Pathways for Students K-12, features Santa Ana Unified School District and includes EPIC’s work with Valley High School over the past three years. The district is providing incredible learning environments for K–12 students, and EPIC has been instrumental in creating change in Valley High School.


Epic Steps Issue 9 – May 2017

Over two decades ago, Westview High School (WHS) began an initiative to build a bridge for students between their high school and postsecondary education experiences. With the goals of college readiness and student engagement in mind, WHS built a Senior Inquiry course that mirrored an approach to instruction often seen in postsecondary institutions– one that is cross-curricular and student driven.


EPIC Newsletter – March 2017

At EPIC, we are truly fortunate to work with people across the country who are focused on ensuring all students are provided the opportunities to pursue their individual dreams and aspirations. In these times of uncertainty, it is important to double down and learn from the great work happening in our public schools – not run away or disinvest in them. This edition of our newsletter is dedicated to highlighting best and emerging practices that are worth paying attention to and finding ways to continue and build upon.


Epic Steps Issue 7 – December 2016

Students ready to be lifelong learners have the ability to THINK deeply about what they are doing; KNOW contextually why they learn; ACT purposefully to achieve their goals; and GO successfully through life’s transitions. As such, the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness can be used as an instructional framework to identify key outcomes in each of the four domains (Think, Know, Act and Go) that can and should be used to construct systems that ensure students are college and career ready.


EPIC Newsletter – November 2016

In the ArtCore project, EPIC and partners have been exploring the concept of STEAM with several participating schools. For example, we are working with Hamlin Middle School to apply theater-based pedagogical techniques in cross-content projects. This approach aims to not only improve understanding and retention of concepts across STEM domains but also to increase students’ ability to demonstrate their understanding through complex metaphor and in collaboration with peers.


Epic Steps Issue 6 – October 2016

In 2005, Springfield High School (SHS) received frequent complaints about some of their students’ behavioral issues (e.g. fighting). Staff knew that something had to be done to help students, and one proposed solution was to keep students safe on campus where they could interact with caring adults.