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#ClassWithJeb: Lessons in Governing and Media & Sports

New #ClassWithJeb lessons are ready for teachers and students! Check out the lessons below from former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu and CBS Sports Commentator Jim Nantz for insightful and engaging lessons as well as accompanying teacher guides. Watch Class in Session Remember to check back weekly at for new lessons from today’s visionaries!

GUEST BLOG: Can I Be a Pioneer?

The following post originally appeared on redefinED. I love seeing new posts on the National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion Facebook page. It’s so encouraging to see the increasing number of schools welcoming students of all abilities. But when I find myself daydreaming about my daughter perhaps becoming the first girl with Down Syndrome to […]

#FactFriday: State education leaders support local district decision-making on school reopening

This week, ExcelinEd shared two resources on reopening schools to support leaders as they make thoughtful decisions regarding the safety and wellbeing of their students and communities. Look below or visit for these—and more—resources.

#AskExcelinEd: What Are the Implications of COVID-19 on Turnaround Schools?

School closures due to COVID-19 have far-reaching implications, some that we can’t even begin to realize. But a question that keeps me up at night is this: How will this virus and the resulting school closures impact our students in turnaround schools? Equity Means Everyone In conversations with fellow educators, equity is at the forefront […]

New #ClassWithJeb Lessons in the Arts and Faith

New #ClassWithJeb lessons are ready for teachers and students! Check out the lessons below from Romero Britto, founder of the Happy Art Movement, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, for insightful and engaging lessons as well as accompanying teacher guides. Watch Class in Session Lessons in the Arts with Romero Britto “Brazilian-born and Miami-made” founder of the Happy […]

COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlights in Texas, Nevada and Tennessee

Free Assessment Tool to Plan for the “COVID Slide” in Texas The Texas Education Agency has launched free, optional end-of-year assessments that school systems and parents can choose to administer. This optional test does not take the place of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), which Governor Greg Abbott cancelled this year […]

#FactFriday: There are at least 13 types of charter schools

It’s National Charter Schools Week, and we’re celebrating how public charter schools are meeting the unique needs of individual students, families and communities. But not all charter schools are the same; these schools are made for specific purposes to address local needs. The American Enterprise Institute’s report Measuring Diversity in Charter School Offerings classifies 13 different types […]

Three Examples: Elementary Charters Instructing Young Children at a Distance

To wrap up this unusual National Charter Schools Week, we have been thinking about some of our youngest and most vulnerable learners: students attending elementary grades. How are charter schools supporting families and student instructional needs during this time? As we previously mentioned, charter schools are different, even from each other. They serve students in […]

New Survey Results – When and How Are State Leaders Thinking About Reopening Schools?

It has been two months since the COVID-19 pandemic altered nearly every aspect of our lives. The pandemic has revealed stories of heroism, humanity and innovation, yet also exposed systemic inefficiencies and inequities. As a nation, we have been forced to reflect on the strengths and challenges inherent in the pre-COVID status quo while also […]

Charters Are Different and Especially Local – A Poem

I’m a former teacher and school administrator, and my mom is a teacher, too. I’m also a parent who is currently schooling kids at home. Perhaps it’s all the children’s books I’ve been reading these past few weeks or maybe I’m feeling nostalgic for times my mom and dad would read poetry to me, but […]