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#AskExcelinEd: What I’m Reading and Listening to This Summer

I direct ExcelinEd’s work on school choice. My wife and I are currently house hunting in the Atlanta area, and the negative consequences of tying home values to school funding has never been so clear to me.

#AskExcelinEd: My Summer Reads and Research

At ExcelinEd, we believe each student deserves the chance to graduate from high school ready for college and career. State accountability systems are essential to ensuring this happens, and this is why I work each day to support states as they develop and implement accountability systems that prioritize learning and achievement for all students.

CTE Spotlight on Cross-Sector Partnership: Tennessee’s Rutherford Works

In today’s post, Dr. Danielle Mezera draws from ExcelinEd’s latest playbook series to spotlight a state Career and Technical Education (CTE) cross-sector partnership. The five-playbook series will provide state education leaders and local employers a practical guide for improving the “education to career” pipelines in their states. Check out the first two playbooks, and stay tuned for […]

#AskExcelinEd: My Summer Learning Recommendations

You know the saying “You learn something new every day”? This is part of what I love about working at ExcelinEd. I am constantly learning and engaging with policy and advocacy experts, our 300+ partner groups, dedicated education reporters and families from across the country. But best of all, I know I’m part of a nationwide movement of individuals and organizations working toward a common goal. We may not always agree on how to get there, but we all believe that kids deserve our best ideas on how to ensure everyone can learn and reach his or her greatest potential. Check out some of the links below for my recommended summer learning resources. Have a great summer!

Three Personalized Learning Strategies That Worked in My Classroom

After my first year of teaching middle grades science, I quickly realized that I had to come up with a solution for my underperforming students. I had assumed that connecting the content to real world experiences was all I needed for all students to be successful in my course.  Not only were these students performing […]

Supporting Innovation: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

  For educators and policymakers seeking to innovate new student-centered approaches to learning, the recent report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education reveals just how difficult that work can be. While it’s observations are sobering, Personalized Learning at a Crossroads: Early Lessons from the Next Generation Systems Initiative and the Regional Funds for Breakthrough […]

#AskExcelinEd: Why I care about education policy

I’m a teacher and school administrator turned policy enthusiast. I care most about policy mechanisms that empower people to urgently address their most pressing challenges. That includes public charter schools.

#AskExcelinEd: What I’m Celebrating this Independence Day

Welcome to the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series. Follow along as the ExcelinEd team shares what they are learning over the summer. And remember to join us on social media to ask your burning policy questions. Enjoy!

3 Steps to Recruit the Right Stakeholders for Career and Technical Education

In today’s post, Dr. Danielle Mezera draws from ExcelinEd’s latest playbook series to share three ways to recruit the right stakeholders for state Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. The five-playbook series will provide state education leaders and local employers a practical guide for improving the “education to career” pipelines in their states. Check out the first […]

Join me for the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series!

Welcome to the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series. Follow along as the ExcelinEd team shares what they are learning over the summer. And remember to join us on social media to ask your burning policy questions. Enjoy!

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