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Supporting Innovation: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

  For educators and policymakers seeking to innovate new student-centered approaches to learning, the recent report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education reveals just how difficult that work can be. While it’s observations are sobering, Personalized Learning at a Crossroads: Early Lessons from the Next Generation Systems Initiative and the Regional Funds for Breakthrough […]

#AskExcelinEd: Why I care about education policy

I’m a teacher and school administrator turned policy enthusiast. I care most about policy mechanisms that empower people to urgently address their most pressing challenges. That includes public charter schools.

#AskExcelinEd: What I’m Celebrating this Independence Day

Welcome to the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series. Follow along as the ExcelinEd team shares what they are learning over the summer. And remember to join us on social media to ask your burning policy questions. Enjoy!

3 Steps to Recruit the Right Stakeholders for Career and Technical Education

In today’s post, Dr. Danielle Mezera draws from ExcelinEd’s latest playbook series to share three ways to recruit the right stakeholders for state Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. The five-playbook series will provide state education leaders and local employers a practical guide for improving the “education to career” pipelines in their states. Check out the first […]

Join me for the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series!

Welcome to the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series. Follow along as the ExcelinEd team shares what they are learning over the summer. And remember to join us on social media to ask your burning policy questions. Enjoy!

New Research Asks, “What do parents want from education?”

  A division of the Walton Family Foundation commissioned new qualitative research to understand what parents want from education. While the results may seem obvious to parents, they might be surprising to policymakers. The research, What Parents Want from Education: The Case for Real Choices, was presented at the National Charter School Conference last week […]

Sam Duell Featured on the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Weekly Podcast

This week  Dr. Kevin Roberts of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, hosted our own Sam Duell on The Foundation Podcast. During the interview, Dr. Roberts and Duell discussed how charter schools help improve educational opportunities for students and the policy changes needed to accomplish this goal. Listen here:

#AskExcelinEd: How can we reclaim the potential of Texas public charter schools?

According to a paper ExcelinEd released this week in collaboration with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Texas Business Leadership Council and Texas Aspires, it has never been more difficult for a Texas charter application to be approved than it is today. This is an odd conundrum because Texas is known nationally for its public charter […]

Bipartisan Agreement Still Exists

Two days ago—a week before more than 4,000 people will gather at the National Charter School Conference—the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce heard testimony regarding public charter schools. And the conversation was surprising.

Don’t Be Distracted by Politics

A few weeks ago during National Charter Schools Week, Governor Jeb Bush encouraged policymakers “to not be distracted by politics.” Today, we take that to heart as we consider a recent report from the Journey for Justice Alliance called, “Failing Brown v. Board: A Continuous Struggle Against Inequity in Public Education.”