2019 Showcase: Redesigning for Student Success

FEBRARY 13-15, 2019






Join the conversation that began over 20 years ago with Breaking Ranks, Breaking Ranks II, and Breaking Ranks in the Middle. The Center for Secondary School Redesign, together with The EdExcellence Group, invite you to sunny San Diego for the 3rd annual Redesigning for Student Success: Student-Centered Secondary Schools Showcase sponsored by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and hosted at High Tech High.

For nearly a decade, CSSR has provided an annual showcase for secondary school leaders to enhance their understanding and practice of student-centered learning. This student-centered professional development showcase brings together 25 of the nation’s most innovative and successful secondary schools to share their high school redesign programs and strategies. The Showcase provides administrators, school leadership teams, practitioners and students an opportunity to deeply engage with transformational school leaders and discuss critical, relevant issues regarding the secondary school redesign process!

Redesigning for Student Success will provide abundant networking opportunities for like-minded, innovative educators from across the country to visit schools, listen to presentations and join roundtable discussions with top education reformers. Join a network of support for redesigning your secondary school. Better yet – extend your stay through President’s Day weekend and enjoy beautiful San Diego!



This year’s Showcase will again offer opportunities for optional site visits to transformational schools in the San Diego area. These schools have achieved success with diverse populations through the implementation of innovative, student-centered practices. Site visit participants will hear student and educator voices as they share their stories of, and strategies for, effective student-centered secondary school redesign.

Each full-day site visit will include two schools. Busses will depart the Courtyard Marriott, Liberty Station at 7:30AM and return around 3:00PM. Participation in the site visits is not included in the conference registration – there is an additional fee of $69/person which covers bus transportation.

The 2019 site visit schools are:

  • The San Diego MET & Patrick Henry High School
  • Health and Science High School & Mission Bay High School
  • High Tech High Chula Vista Middle School & High Tech High School*
  • Pacific Beach IB Middle School & Urban Discovery Middle School

Site visits are capped at 50 participants/site. Site visit selections must be made at the time of registration, and spaces will fill up quickly!

*Please note – participants in the High Tech High site visits will be required to complete additional paperwork which will be provided by the event organizers upon registration.



  • Personalizing a Large High School
  • Success Through STEM
  • Personalizing Performance Assessments
  • Design Learning
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Learning Through Internships
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Educating English Language Learners
  • Student Advisory
  • Equity in Education
  • Inquiry-Based Instruction
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Learning Through Nature
  • Creative Building Design



2019 Showcase: Redesigning for Student Success
San Diego, CA


School visits: Individuals that have registered for site visits will gather in the meeting room area of the Courtyard at 7:00 AM. Buses will leave the Courtyard promptly at 7:30 AM and return at noon or 3 PM depending on the visit(s) selected.

Registration at Courtyard Marriott meeting area from 4-6 PM; Meet and greet from 6-8 in the Bistro at the Courtyard


7:00-7:45 Registration with continental breakfast at High Tech High’s Forum

7:45-9:00 Opening Keynote
Re-designing the educational experience: Design thinking, participatory action research, and pedagogies of hope
School and school district culture are artifacts of the policies, practices, and beliefs of the institutional systems, communities, and national structures in which they are embedded. Often times these systems remain unchecked and carry hidden assumptions about who, what, when, where, and why educational experiences occur within the context of the greater community. In this keynote address Dr. Loescher explores the importance of a philosophical alignment of our theoretical frameworks and organizational practices of the district/school community to facilitate change in the classroom. He will explain how the methods of Participatory Action Research and the emerging practices of Design Thinking in education are advancing organizational innovation; adult and student learning; and student achievement through a pedagogy hope.

9:10-10:40 Breakout sessions #1: Five student-centered secondary schools present components of their successful redesign programs

10:50-12:20 Breakout sessions #2: Five student-centered secondary schools present components of their successful redesign programs

12:20-1:50 Lunch (on your own)

2:00-3:30 Breakout sessions #3: Five student-centered secondary schools present components of their successful redesign programs

3:30 -4:00 Hot topics with the day’s presenters


7:00-7:45 Continental breakfast

7:45 – 8:30 Student Panel and Roundtable
Students will share their thoughts about the following: As we work to make our schools more student-centered, what advice would you give us to take back to our schools?

8:40-10:10 Breakout sessions #4: Five student-centered secondary schools present components of their
successful redesign programs

10:20-11:50 Breakout sessions #5: Five student-centered secondary schools present components of their
successful redesign programs

11:50-1:20 Lunch (on your own)

1:30-3:00 Breakout sessions #6: Five student-centered secondary schools present components of their
successful redesign programs

3:00 – 3:30 Hot topic conversations with the day’s presenters


Andover High School | Andover, MA

Arbor View High School | Las Vegas, NV

California Department of Education | Sacramento, CA

Chardon High School | Chardon, OH

City of Medicine Academy | Durham, NC

George Rogers Clark High School | Winchester, KY

High Plains Community School | Polk, NE

High Tech High Media Arts | San Diego, CA

Kettle Moraine High School | Wales, WI

Lexington High School | Lexington, NE

Manor New Technology High School | Manor, TX

Maplewood Richmond Heights High School | St. Louis, MO

Middletown High School | Middletown, CT

Nipmuc Regional High School | Upton, MA

Northwood High School | Irvine, CA

Ocean View High School | Huntington Beach, CA

Palm Springs Unified School District (USD) and Career Technical Education (CTE) | Palm Springs, CA

Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School | Devens, MA

Pagosa Springs High School | Pagosa Springs, CO

Paul Knox Middle School | North Augusta, NC

San Diego Met High School | San Diego, CA

Shelton High School | Shelton, CT

Shelton Public Schools and UCLA Center X

Souhegan High School | Amherst, NH

Tahoe Expedition Academy | Truckee, CA

Urban Discovery Schools and the UC San Diego Design Lab | San Diego, CA

West Springfield High School | Springfield, VA

Whittier Middle School | Poland, ME

Click here for session descriptions for each of the presenters listed above.




Redesigning for Student Success will be held at High Tech High School with some breakout sessions at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott, Liberty Station.

High Tech High School
2861 Womble Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106

Courtyard by Marriott, Liberty Station
2592 Laning Road
San Diego, California 92106

Registration is on a first-come, first served basis and space is limited.

The registration fee is $475 per person on or before December 31, 2018, or $525 on or after January 1, 2019. The registration fee for teams of four (4) or more from the same school is $425 on or before December 31, 2018, or $475 on or after January 1, 2019. The registration fee for the optional school site visits on February 13, 2019 is $69 for transportation only. Contact us for discounts for teams of fifteen (15) or more from the same district.

*PLEASE NOTE: Each participant, including students, must be registered individually with their own unique email address. Selections for school site visits must be done at the time of registration.

Registration and payment should be done online. All major credit cards are accepted. Registrants may also submit payment via check or money order made payable to The Center for Secondary School Redesign at the address below. Purchase orders are not accepted.

ATTN: Secondary School Showcase
621 Wakefield St.
West Warwick, RI 02893

Registrants will receive a registration confirmation via email on the date that full payment is received.

CANCELLATION POLICY – The conference sponsors reserve the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment. If a program is cancelled all registrants will be notified and the registration fee will be refunded. If a registered participant is unable to attend, a replacement participant may be named by notifying a conference administrator via email. The replacement participant will need to provide an updated email contact as well.



The Showcase includes a continental breakfast on Thursday and Friday. Other meals are at the expense of the participant. Take the opportunity to experience the great coastal and ethnic cuisine of San Diego and Southern California!

Participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging, non-included meals and any parking costs. While there are numerous hotels within walking distance of the Showcase, the Courtyard by Marriott, Liberty Station offers rooms for Showcase guests at a discounted rate of $189.00/night for February 13-15, 2019. Rooms at this special rate are limited! Please reserve your room before December 31, 2018 to take advantage of this offer. Reservations made be completed by calling the hotel directly or booking through the Marriott group reservations page.



If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact:

Joe DiMartino
President, CSSR

Bob Gerye
CEO, The EdExcellence Group