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#AskExcelinEd: What’s Happening at #EIE19?

We’re coming to you live from the 2019 National Summit on Education Reform in San Diego, where ExcelinEd is hosting more than 1,000 legislators, state superintendents, policymakers and advocates all working to build a brighter future for America’s families. Inspiring Speakers Despite a city-wide power outage, #EIE19 kicked off with an energizing discussion between Governor Jeb […]

#FactFriday: 585,000 apprentices are enrolled in programs nationwide

We’re celebrating National Apprenticeship Week! Apprenticeships combine real-world and traditional learning to help participants develop skills and earn certified credentials that are recognized industry-wide. Apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning are key components of the Perkins V legislation. Check out our Perkins V brief for specific steps to help states improve learning and outcomes for their students. […]

Guidance to Innovate: What Turnaround Schools Need

Focus schools. Priority schools. Comprehensive support and improvement schools. Level 1 schools. Despite the sometimes euphemistic and otherwise bureaucratic names, all of these labels refer to one common element: turnaround schools. They represent the bottom 5% of low performing schools in each state and require some of the most drastic actions to ensure students do […]

#AskExcelinEd: Are all Blaine Amendments equal?

In 2020 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Advocates and detractors of private school choice are watching closely. The question before the Court is whether provisions in 37 state constitutions, called Blaine Amendments, violate the U.S. Constitution. Although there is wide variation among Blaine Amendments, […]

Cod, Tongue Twisters and the Science of Reading

Today’s post celebrates everyone’s favorite obscure holiday: International Tongue Twister Day.* She sells sea shells by the sea shore. Think that’s tough? Try talking through this treacherous tongue twister ten times: Pad kid poured curd pulled cod. You tried it, didn’t you…? When we hear tongue twisters, we immediately want to check whether we can repeat […]

#FactFriday: STEM employment has grown 79% since 1990

We’re celebrating National #STEMday! Learn how businesses, education leaders and policymakers can transform education to address our nation’s skills gap in IT and computer science at ExcelinEd.org. See how Edgewater High School in Orlando is inspiring the next generation of engineers through an innovative career and technical education STEM program. What Others Are Saying Happy #STEMday! We […]

Inspiring a New Generation of Engineers – Edgewater High School

“I came to a realization about how much manufacturing can cost and how many variables there are.”  That was not the answer I expected to hear while talking to Benjamin, a junior at Edgewater High School in Orlando. Benjamin was one of two dozen students that day constructing fully functioning, automated conveyor belts as part of their […]

Happy 50th Birthday to Sesame Street from ExcelinEd!

For 50 years, Sesame Street has been helping kids across the globe grow smarter, stronger and kinder. In this post, the ExcelinEd team shares how television’s longest-running children’s show has touched their lives. Kassandra Elekes, Deputy Director of State Communications “Sesame Street has been a favorite in our house for years, and it’s currently helping […]

#AskExcelinEd: Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? I want to be there on November 10 to celebrate 50 years of impactful educational programming on television’s longest-running children’s show. For many of us, Sesame Street was our first and only foray into educational programming. Producers and researchers collaborated, steeping the show in the science of early childhood development and behavioral psychology. This […]

#EIE19: What Does the Future Look Like for Education in America?

  Dear Friend, The world is changing at a rapid pace, and both the workplace and its demands are being transformed in the process. We have all heard that schools need to prepare students for jobs that don’t even exist yet. But the truth is that the future of work has already arrived in many […]