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Join me for the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series!

• Patricia Levesque


Welcome to the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series. Follow along as the ExcelinEd team shares what they are learning over the summer. And remember to join us on social media to ask your burning policy questions. Enjoy!

ExcelinEd.Headshot.PatriciaLevesque2.webMeet Patricia Levesque

ExcelinEd’s Chief Executive Officer

For the past year, you’ve asked—and ExcelinEd has answered—some great questions about the education reform movement and the policies and people propelling it forward. This summer, we’d like for you to get know us better and still get your weekly dose of wonk. I’m kicking off the series, and in the weeks to follow you’ll get to know more of ExcelinEd’s team members as they share their top recommendations for education policy summer learning. Have a great summer!

I Prefer…

Print Book over E-Book

Phone Call over Text

Traditional Watch (mine is from my kids) over Smart Watch

My Twitter Favorites




My Favorite #AskExcelinEd Posts

K-3 Reading Policy’s impact on 4th-grade NAEP scores

Course Access Policy advancing educational equity

Why people start public charter schools

What I’m Reading This Summer

I read All. The. Time. This summer, I am diving into:

  • The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. I believe the work we are doing in the education reform movement is unlocking powerful moments for students, teachers and parents all across our country and encouraging everyone to create the environment where all children have opportunities to reach their full potential. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about the power of moments at our 2018 National Summit on Education Reform!
  • The Great Inversion and the Future of the American Cityby Alan Ehrenhalt. Our cities and communities are adapting to a rapidly changing world, and this will impact how education is delivered. This book underscores the need to provide multiple high-quality learning options for all students, no matter where they are living.
  • And just for fun: The President Is Missing – by Bill Clinton and James Patterson. I love a good mystery and am excited to dive into this one.

What Inspires Me

Policy changes lives. I find it so inspiring when I see that a policy is changing a student’s life for the better. This is why I loved being a part the Choices in Education video competition. So many students and families shared how their lives have been changed due to the opportunity given to them by school choice. I encourage you to watch the videos and get inspired to support other families in their search for educational opportunity.

What I Wish for Kids This School Year

I wish for all kids to reach their full potential in a learning environment that works for them, that ensures they are developing skills for success in academics and life, that is accountable and transparent to parents and communities, and that provides a clear pathway to college or a meaningful career. ExcelinEd is working on this goal each and every day. Join us.

About the author

Patricia Levesque @levesquepat

Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She served as Governor Jeb Bush’s deputy chief of staff for education, enterprise solutions for government, minority procurement, and business and professional regulation. Previously, Patricia served six years in the Florida Legislature in the Speakers Office and as staff director over education policy. Contact Patricia at