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Special Education and Distance Learning: Parent-Recommended Policy Ideas for State and District Leaders

Like so many parents across the nation, I am still adjusting to the “new normal” of working remotely full time and also helping my two children thrive in an online learning environment. Through the pandemic we have seen many school, district and state leaders tackle the challenge of distance learning head-on, bringing new innovative practices […]

#FactFriday: High schoolers can earn college credit through these 6 programs

College acceleration opportunities can help high school students prepare for college-level work while they earn valuable college credit or work toward a postsecondary credential. Learn how your state can improve these opportunities for all students in ExcelinEd’s new playbook, Accelerating Students from High School to College and Careers. What Others Are Saying When done right, #dualenrollment […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can states use microgrants to rethink K-12 education?

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the U.S. Department of Education made available almost $3 billion for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER). As governors across the country decide how to spend GEER funding, some are also applying to the Department’s Rethink K-12 Education Discretionary Grant Program. […]

#ClassWithJeb: Lessons in Leadership & Entrepreneurship

New #ClassWithJeb lessons are ready for teachers and students! Check out insightful and engaging lessons from Dee Bagwell Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns and CEO of RIVR Media Companies, and Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO of Snap, Inc. Watch Class in Session Visit for more lessons from today’s visionaries. Lessons in Leadership with Dee Bagwell Haslam Dee Bagwell Haslam, owner of […]

#FactFriday: Dual credit and AP improve chances of college success

College acceleration opportunities—including Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), dual enrollment, early college high schools and International Baccalaureate (IB)—can help high school students prepare for college-level work while they earn valuable college credit or work toward a postsecondary credential. ExcelinEd’s new playbook for state policymakers, Accelerating Students from […]

New York is closing a charter school to ‘save’ money. But at what cost to students?

Last month, the New York State Board of Regents voted to not renew their contract with Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School (BuffSci). The Regents’ own staff recommended a five-year renewal for the charter school and an expansion of 144 students over the next two years. But the Regents disregarded their staff. One regent is […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can states jump-start college learning in high school?

Our parents went to a local school, worked hard and earned a high school diploma that opened doors to a career that paid for a house, put their kids through college and provided a retirement pension. Things have changed drastically. For us, the high school diploma was a stepping stone to college, typically interpreted as […]

#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.