ExcelinEd’s latest #AskExcelinEd Question & Answer series features our Innovation policy set. This group of policies focuses on three core areas that promote learner-centered approaches to education: College and Career Pathways, Course Access and Personalized Learning.
ExcelinEd’s 3 Key Innovation Policies
How do ExcelinEd’s Innovation policies support learner-centered education?
ExcelinEd’s Innovation policy set focuses on three core areas that promote learner-centered approaches to education. Each policy set is distinct, yet all are focused on expanding families’ opportunities to select the courses and learning pathways that are best for their students.
Over the next few weeks, our Innovation policy team will answer the questions they’ve been receiving on these policy topics. We invite you to send in your questions or Tweet us at @ExcelinEd, and share this information with education partners, stakeholders and others who would like to know more.
College and Career Pathways: Preparing Students for a Global Economy
College and career pathways policies offer students the broadest opportunities to match their interests with in-demand and higher-wage careers, earn post-secondary course credit and degrees, and address the skills gap and hiring needs of employers.
ExcelinEd seeks to help states realign education offerings with workforce demands and ensure that these pathways provide meaningful opportunities to earn industry-recognized and post-secondary credentials, workplace learning experience or some combination of the three.
#AskExcelinEd – What questions do you have about closing the skills gap and preparing students for success in college and career?
Course Access: Expanding Access and Equity
Learner-centered education requires broad access to high-quality coursework, yet too many schools and districts are unable to offer critical courses necessary for college and career readiness. This is particularly true in rural and under-served areas, where a lack of qualified instructional staff or tight budgets often limit such course offerings.
ExcelinEd’s Course Access policy seeks to address these gaps through legislation, incentives and guidance allowing students to access an online marketplace of high-quality courses.
#AskExcelinEd: What questions do you have about the role of Course Access in preparing for students for college and career?
Personalized Learning: A Model for 21st Century Learning
Personalized learning tailors a student’s educational experience to meet his or her unique strengths, interests and needs; it also empowers students to play a greater role in their own learning. Coupled with flexibility in pace and delivery, personalized learning is grounded in the idea that students should progress when they demonstrate mastery of key content and skills regardless of the time spent in class or even where instruction takes place.
ExcelinEd’s policy seeks to support state efforts to launch or grow personalized learning by providing research and guidance in the areas of program quality, accountability, and communications and messaging.
#AskExcelinEd: What questions do you have about state efforts to transition to personalized learning?
Submit your questions to #AskExcelinEd to find out more about these policies and other issues that are top-of-mind for our team!
- ExcelinEd 2016 Annual Report
- The EdFly Blog: New Resource to Develop Leaders for Personalized Learning
Check out previous posts in our #AskExcelinEd series on ESSA State Plans:
- #AskExcelinEd: How Many States Are Using Summative Ratings in Their ESSA Plans?
- #AskExcelinEd: How Much Weight Do States’ School Accountability Systems Give to Academic Outcomes?
- #AskExcelinEd: How Are States Incorporating Student Growth into Their Accountability Systems?
- #AskExcelinEd: What are states using as School Quality and Student Success Indicators?