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Not #FakeNews – Reporting on Education Has Never Been Better

I was a newspaper reporter for 17 years and I loved it. But Ben Chapman of the New York Daily News summed up the profession in a simple tweet last month: “The pay sucks and the hours are long. But at the end of the day, everybody hates you.” But as the number of newspaper […]

One Florida Teacher’s Take on Personalized Learning

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, a public K-12 school connected with the University of Florida, has an extensive history of implementing innovative education models that improve outcomes for students. In the last few years, leaders at the school have taken a unique approach to personalizing each student’s educational journey by creating pathways that provide students […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can state policymakers support cross-sector partnerships for CTE programs?

Most cross-sector partnerships that support career and technical education (CTE) programs develop and operate at the regional and local levels. After all, these are the communities where K-12 schools, institutions of higher education and businesses are most engaged. Yet cross-sector partnerships still need state-level engagement to improve their chances for success. Indeed, regional and local partnerships often depend on state agencies and statewide initiatives to secure the flexibility, funding and resources needed for long-term sustainability. So what can state policymakers do to support cross-sector partnerships for CTE?

My Charter School Prepared Me for Success in College and in Life

Throughout my education, I’ve asked myself the recurring question many students ask themselves – how will this prepare me for the future? Recently as National Charter Schools Week was celebrated, I was reminded how my public charter school provided me with an obtainable career path and the correct tools and resources to succeed. Growing up, […]

Research Finds Positive Outcomes for North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Students

Today, a new study was released that looks at academic performance in the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program (NC OSP). The study, led by Dr. Anna Egalite and colleagues at North Carolina State University, finds “large positive impacts associated with voucher usage in North Carolina.” The results were for reading, math, and language, and were […]

#AskExcelinEd: What are key elements of strong cross-sector partnerships for CTE programs?

ExcelinEd’s latest playbook series helps stakeholders better align career and technical education (CTE) programs with industry demands in their region and state. The five playbooks and accompanying resources will provide state education leaders and local employers a practical guide for improving the “education to career” pipelines in their states. Successful CTE programs depend on cross-sector […]

Our Newest CTE Resource Is Ready for You!

Our nation’s economy is experiencing a significant gap between skills needed by employers and those possessed by workers. While businesses struggle to hire qualified applicants, too many workers realize their skills are insufficient for new opportunities or, worse, no longer relevant. This “skills gap” and its impact on the economy will only intensify, especially as […]

Education, wookiees and anniversaries, OH MY!

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, the opening weekend of “Solo” and my two-year wedding anniversary, it only seems appropriate that I write a blog entirely focused on legislative wins for student-centered policies in 2018. Right? Of course! And 2018 has already been a big year for innovative workforce education wins in states, […]

Kansas: Writing the School Redesign Manual

Earlier this week, we introduced the Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) space-themed school redesign project, which could liberate and support schools to reimagine learning to achieve the state’s new vision for education: leading the world in the success of each student. In summary, Kansas’ school redesign project launched in August 2017 with Mercury 7—the […]

#AskExcelinEd: What impact does a comprehensive K-3 Reading Policy have on 4th grade NAEP scores?

Last month, the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed mixed results nationally, however we saw some bright spots in fourth-grade reading performance from some states like Arizona, Florida, and Mississippi. In our last #AskExcelinEd NAEP series, we explore states that have a comprehensive K-3 Reading policy and its impact on […]