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Online Learning was a Game-Changer for Me

To celebrate National Online Learning Day, Innovation Associate Policy Director Erin Lockett, shares her story of how supplemental online learning helped her win a longtime academic battle with statistics.   Third (Well, Fourth) Time’s the Charm   From the very first day of my first statistics course in high school, I learned I was terrible at statistics. I never quite grasped the material or understood the purpose of the seemingly complicated course.   After scraping […]

#FactFriday: Reading proficiency up 16 percentage points in the Magnolia State.

A student’s ability to read is a critical predictor of educational and lifelong success. In 2013, Mississippi enacted the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, ensuring a comprehensive approach to teaching all students to read starting as early as kindergarten. Since then, students across the state have made significant gains in reading outcomes. The Magnolia State is committed to raising expectations and engaging all stakeholders in literacy. Today, parents, educators, policy makers and community partners are […]

#AskExcelinEd: Are comprehensive early literacy policies more than just ‘retention policies’?

Early literacy policies being enacted in states across our country are so much more than “retention policies,” as some believe. Instead, they are focused on preventative measures to identify K-3 students who need additional help in reading as early as possible, provide effective, scientifically based reading instruction and intervention targeted at individual student needs, and help ensure each child has achieved grade-level reading by the end […]

#FactFriday: Students who read 30 minutes a day will encounter 13.7 million words by graduation

Today is National Read a Book Day! A student’s ability to read is a critical predictor of educational and lifelong success. Yet today, over half of K-12 students read less than fifteen minutes per day, leaving them very little time to practice and learn new words. Parents can share the gift of reading with their children every night by turning bedtime into story time, laying the foundation for success in school and beyond.   […]

Get Your Permission Slip Signed, #EIE19 is Going on a Field Trip!

Tour San Diego area schools to learn how they foster career exploration Are you arriving early to #EIE19? On Tuesday, November 19, National Summit attendees are invited to join the Cajon Valley Union School district for a firsthand look at how they are realigning public education to meet the demands of life after graduation through personalized education […]

How Can Policymakers Prepare Students for the Future of Work?

  In honor of Labor Day earlier this week, we are diving into our blog archives to revisit a post on XQ Institute’s report High School & the Future of Work. This continues to be a topic of conversation across America, and many states are beginning to implement some of the following policy solutions to better prepare […]

#FactFriday: 125 years ago, Labor Day became a national holiday.

Since Labor Day became a national holiday 125 years ago, the United States has seen at least three major transitions of the American worker. From working in the fields and factories to developing the software that now drives the tractor or assembles the machinery, we have technology to thank for this evolution. The expansion of […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can employers engage with states on Perkins V planning?

Ensuring today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s careers increasingly depends on employer engagement in workforce education. This is especially important given the 2018 reauthorization of Perkins V, the federal law and funding stream that supports K-12 and postsecondary career and technical education (CTE).  Employer participation in the development of each state’s Perkins V plan is more than just a federal requirement; it is an invaluable opportunity for employers to weigh in on their state’s vision for workforce education. It is […]

JUST RELEASED: Strategy Sessions to Advance Education in America

  Join Governor Jeb Bush and ExcelinEd for the 12th annual National Summit on Education Reform on November 20-21 in San Diego, California. Become inspired and empowered to build a brighter future for our nation’s families. The full agenda is now available to begin planning your time at #EIE19. View the Full Agenda Strategy Sessions and Workshops In addition […]

#Fact Friday: Back to School with Choice

Believe it or not, nearly 25% of the U.S. population is enrolled in K-12 or postsecondary education – that’s 76.4 million people! Of that, 56.6 million are enrolled in a K-12 public or private school and approximately 1.7 million are homeschool students.   And this year, thanks to courageous families and policymakers, more students than ever are going back to school with choice. From public school choice options such as […]