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#AskExcelinEd: What Are the Implications of COVID-19 on Turnaround Schools?

School closures due to COVID-19 have far-reaching implications, some that we can’t even begin to realize. But a question that keeps me up at night is this: How will this virus and the resulting school closures impact our students in turnaround schools? Equity Means Everyone In conversations with fellow educators, equity is at the forefront […]

#ClassWithJeb: Lessons in Faith with Cardinal Timothy Dolan

As a leader in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Timothy Dolan shares his insights into the importance of maintaining faith through the daily details of ordinary life. Cardinal Dolan shares what his life experiences have taught him—from his young life in St. Louis to becoming the Archbishop of New York and a cardinal of the Catholic […]

New #ClassWithJeb Lessons in the Arts and Faith

New #ClassWithJeb lessons are ready for teachers and students! Check out the lessons below from Romero Britto, founder of the Happy Art Movement, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, for insightful and engaging lessons as well as accompanying teacher guides. Watch Class in Session Lessons in the Arts with Romero Britto “Brazilian-born and Miami-made” founder of the Happy […]

#ClassWithJeb: Lessons in the Arts with Romero Britto

“Brazilian-born and Miami-made” founder of the Happy Art Movement, Romero Britto, shares his insights on his journey as an artist. He also talks about the significance of arts in education as well the importance of discipline and friends. Watch the Video Lessons in the Arts with Romero Britto  

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

Free Assessment Tool to Plan for the “COVID Slide” in Texas The Texas Education Agency has launched free, optional end-of-year assessments that school systems and parents can choose to administer. This optional test does not take the place of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), which Governor Greg Abbott cancelled this year […]

#FactFriday: There are at least 13 types of charter schools

It’s National Charter Schools Week, and we’re celebrating how public charter schools are meeting the unique needs of individual students, families and communities. But not all charter schools are the same; these schools are made for specific purposes to address local needs. The American Enterprise Institute’s report Measuring Diversity in Charter School Offerings classifies 13 different types […]

Three Examples: Elementary Charters Instructing Young Children at a Distance

To wrap up this unusual National Charter Schools Week, we have been thinking about some of our youngest and most vulnerable learners: students attending elementary grades. How are charter schools supporting families and student instructional needs during this time? As we previously mentioned, charter schools are different, even from each other. They serve students in […]

New Survey Results – When and How Are State Leaders Thinking About Reopening Schools?

It has been two months since the COVID-19 pandemic altered nearly every aspect of our lives. The pandemic has revealed stories of heroism, humanity and innovation, yet also exposed systemic inefficiencies and inequities. As a nation, we have been forced to reflect on the strengths and challenges inherent in the pre-COVID status quo while also […]

Charters Are Different and Especially Local – A Poem

I’m a former teacher and school administrator, and my mom is a teacher, too. I’m also a parent who is currently schooling kids at home. Perhaps it’s all the children’s books I’ve been reading these past few weeks or maybe I’m feeling nostalgic for times my mom and dad would read poetry to me, but […]

#AskExcelinEd: How are charter schools actively serving their communities in 2020?

During the pandemic, charter schools across the country are actively supporting their communities by providing services that go beyond curriculum and student instruction. Here are seven inspiring examples: Meals delivered to students’ homes. A few weeks ago when families in Escondido, CA, were unable to leave their homes to pick up meals from their local […]