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Reflections from AFC’s Policy Summit

This week at the American Federation for Children’s Annual Policy Summit, my ExcelinEd colleagues and I heard from an array of speakers and leaders across the educational opportunity movement. We found that two themes threaded each conversation. United We Stand Father Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Ministries, said “There is no us and them, just […]

#FactFriday: 86% of State CTE Directors prioritize improving state CTE data systems

  Advance CTE’s new report The State of Career Technical Education: Improving Data Quality and Effectiveness draws on a national survey of State CTE Directors to identify ways states can improve the quality of their data systems to make more effective use of their data. What Others Are Saying High schoolers in #DC will now receive a […]

#AskExcelinEd: Are State Data Systems Important to Improve Education?

  The public deserves access to critical information that can support student success—especially the parents, educators and state leaders working each day on behalf of students. With this data, these stakeholders can make better-informed decisions to help their students. A strong state education data system can answer critical questions about the quality of schools and […]

Innovation in Education: Technology is not the goal. Solving problems is.

After reflecting on my years at Gold’s Gyms, Bally’s Fitness and L.A. Fitness, I realized Mike Petrilli is right. The OrangeTheory fitness model can teach us a lot about the role of innovation. Petrilli pointed out last week on The Flypaper that OrangeTheory’s technology is not the innovation. Rather it’s how the company uses technology […]

#FactFriday: 70K kids use private education choice programs for students with special needs

April is World Autism Month! Students with autism are eligible for most (91 percent) private education choice programs for students with special needs. To learn how these programs can empower families to pursue the education options best suited to their children’s individual needs and aspirations, visit ExcelinEd.org. What Others Are Saying Thanks to the Ohio Autism […]

ExcelinEd Spends the Day with Our Future Workforce

Today we celebrated Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in our Tallahassee office with children from several members of our team. In addition to a field trip to the Florida Capitol and taking over our twitter feed, each child interviewed a different ExcelinEd staff member to create this blog post. Here is the […]

Alabama Policymakers Explore How to Increase Early Literacy Proficiency

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Alabama yesterday to speak with the House Education Committee. The committee is considering legislation (House Bill 388) to ensure students have the reading skills they need by the end of third grade to be successful in the future. During the hearing I talked about the importance […]

How can teachers learn more about computer science? Code.org has a solution!

The biggest challenge in providing students with equitable access to computer science is that there are still not enough teachers to teach it. The biggest misconception that schools and teachers have about teaching computer science is that it would take years of preparation. To address these barriers, Code.org offers professional development programs for existing teachers who want […]

What We’re Reading on World Book Day!

  Whether you prefer e-books, paperbacks, board books or audiobooks, today is a day to celebrate. For World Book Day, the ExcelinEd team is sharing some of our recent (and recommended!) reads. Browse your home bookshelf or head down to your local library to explore these and other great reads. What We’re Reading Governor Jeb Bush […]

Tests Aren’t the End of the Game

Without academic skills, everyday living is really hard. Baking a cake, writing a thank you note, verifying your bank account balance and scheduling appointments are tasks that require reading and math skills taught in school. In this piece on The 74, Timothy Daly reminds us that tests are not the end game, but a demonstration […]