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¿Cómo se dice “educational opportunity?”

I was honored to share the stage with several education leaders in Miami last month to talk about how families need more high-quality education options for their children. It was a tremendous challenge to dive into the expansive topic of educational opportunity in only 60 minutes. It’s nearly impossible when the panel is Spanish-language and is comprised of passionate Hispanic education […]

A Mother’s Crusade: My Special-Needs Daughter Is Thriving in a School Committed to Inclusion. I’m Fighting So More Kids Have That Chance

This year, I watched my daughter’s friends — friends I was warned she might never have — surround my sweet girl and sing “Happy Birthday” to her.

New Mexico on the Rise: Dedicated Teachers are Leading The Land of Enchantment to New Heights

New Mexico had many student achievements to celebrate last school year. More students are taking and passing Advanced Placement courses as well as the free PSAT exam. And students showed across-the-board gains on the state assessment. As teachers are preparing their classrooms for another year of learning, it is exciting to anticipate the continued progress […]

#AskExcelinEd: This Is My North Star

The struggle for education reform can be a long, sometimes frustrating one. At a time when civil discourse and the debate over ideas can quickly become politicized and weaponized, we must remained anchored in our shared goal of ensuring all students are equipped with the high-quality education they need and deserve. That is our north star.

#AskExcelinEd: How Can States Transition to Student-Centered Learning?

ExcelinEd recognizes the need to support the continuing evolution of student-centered models and programs in schools across the nation. This is why we promote and support the adoption and implementation of innovation and pilot programs. The primary purpose of our support is to identify state policies that hinder full implementation of new, student-centered learning models […]

Your Voice Matters This School Year

  As a parent of two school-age children, I know how important this time of year is. With vacations behind us and the summer pleasures of cookouts and camps coming to an end, my family and I have turned our attention to the school year ahead. We are ready! It’s my fervent hope that in […]

#AskExcelinEd: How My Mom and Dad Inspire My Work in K-12 Education Reform

My parents immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia almost 40 years ago. They raised my five younger siblings and me to understand and appreciate the possibilities that stem from being well educated. I am grateful for the unrepayable sacrifices they have made to help us realize our potential, and I admire their efforts to create opportunities for many other children to do the same. I often reflect on their example and continually strive to emulate it both personally and professionally.

#AskExcelinEd: Why I work to give all students the same educational opportunity I had

I received my education via multiple avenues across multiple state lines: traditional public school, online charter school, private parochial school, homeschool and a private university. Through these experiences, I realized how important flexibility and choices are when it comes to education. At different points in my education, I had different needs. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to have those needs met. As a policy analyst at ExcelinEd, my work focuses on making sure other students have that same opportunity.

What role does state policy play in the portfolio model?

What role does state policy play in the portfolio model? The short answer: you won’t have great portfolio cities without supportive state policy. But first, let’s set the context. Neerav Kingsland announced last week the formation of an education supergroup called The City Fund. The City Fund’s mission is to expand educational opportunity for all […]

What is the portfolio model?

Last week, Neerav Kingsland announced the formation of The City Fund, a $200 million fund to support cities “to increase educational opportunity for all children.” Though Neerav doesn’t mention the “portfolio model” in his announcement, Chalkbeat speculates that The City Fund will fund portfolio models across the country. I think their work will be a […]

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