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#ClassWithJeb: Today’s Leaders Share Lessons for Tomorrow

Class in Session with Jeb Bush features conversations with the visionaries of today to reach and share insights with America’s young leaders of tomorrow.

COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlights in California, Pennsylvania and Louisiana

Cross-Sector Partnership to Bridge the Digital Divide in California   To address inequities in student access to computers, technology tools and connectivity, companies, business leaders and philanthropists in California are providing internet access and Chromebooks to hundreds of thousands of households across the state. The coalition of business, philanthropists, the Public Utilities Commission and the State […]

#AskExcelinEd: How Saving Private Schools Will Uplift Students in a Time of Crisis

This week Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma announced that he may use some of Oklahoma’s Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) money to support students who are enrolled in private schools. He would do this by allocating part of the funds to support the Oklahoma Equal Educational Opportunity Scholarship. If Governor Stitt decides to support […]

COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlights in Utah, Florida and Kentucky

Utah Expands Ways Students Can Demonstrate Learning Gains Utah already had an option for students to “test out” of some classes using competency-based assessments, reported Education Week on April 8. After its schools closed during the pandemic, Utah surveyed its districts on how they are approaching local flexibility on awarding credit for all students and seniors in particular. […]

COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlights in Florida, Kansas and AP Live Review Classes

Florida Online Grocery Purchase Pilot Program for SNAP Recipients The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced a pilot program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to purchase groceries online with the use of an EBT card. This partnership with federal, state and local partners will ensure Floridians can access nutritious food while also practicing social […]

#AskExcelinEd: How do COVID-19 private school closures impact all students?

There are currently over 5.7 million students enrolled in private schools in the U.S.—totaling 10% of the K-12 student population. Private schools serve a wide range of students, with many dedicating themselves to serving low- and middle-income communities. These schools do this by offering scholarships and other forms of financial aid and sometimes operating at […]

COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlights in Tennessee, Kansas and Virginia

Tennessee Awards $20 Million in Broadband Accessibility Grants  Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe are providing $19.7 million in broadband accessibility grants that will expand service to support 31,000 unserved Tennesseans in nearly 12,700 rural households and businesses, as reported by The Tennessean on April 6. According […]

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

Instructional Continuity Grants Help Texas Districts Facilitate Remote Learning   Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath recently announced new funding for districts and open-enrollment charter schools with at least one federally identified Targeted Support and Improvement Title I campus through the Texas Education Agency’s Instructional Continuity Grant. The grant provides funding for supplemental resources to increase districts’ […]

COVID-19 Education Innovations: Solution Spotlights in Alaska, Vermont and Free Online College Courses

Welcome to ExcelinEd’s ongoing roundup of creative solutions states and districts are taking to meet the education needs of their students affected by school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We need your help sharing these solutions so policymakers and state leaders can learn from each other. Please forward this information to your […]

#AskExcelinEd About Social and Emotional Learning amid COVID-19

Schools are empty, and houses are full of newly-minted remote workers and home-based learners. The social and emotional learning resources below can help families and educators navigate the coming weeks together—and make important personal growth that will provide lifelong benefits. The brief Creating Cultures of Care: Supporting the Whole Child through Trauma-Informed Practice from America’s Promise shows […]