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Moving Forward: First ExcEL Design Studio

One of the hardest challenges educators may face is the diversity of students that come in and out of their classrooms. Teaching techniques are not one size fits all, a tactic may work for one student but may not resonate with another. In the quest to find new approaches to better serve their students, educators […]

Countdown to the Spotlight

We look forward to welcoming many participants in just over a week at the Spotlight on Innovative, Student Centered Schools, the one day Pre Conference Institute being hosted by CSSR at ASCD’s Empower18 Annual Conference. The Spotlight will feature K-12 schools that are committed to implementing student-centered learning environments through strategies such as: competency based […]

ExcEL Leadership Academy Launches Parent University

By Maria Zampano of Shelton Public Schools On Thursday, November 9, 2017 the ExcEL Leadership Academy at Shelton Public Schools held their first evening session of Parent University. Participants learned about the ExcEL grant and how the district is using it to address the needs of their children. The presentation emphasized how parents, teachers, and […]

Equity for ELs: Learning English in a Competency Based System

Across the country, educators and policymakers are coming to the same conclusion: the structure of the traditional system is a barrier. The premise of competency education is that the traditional education structure, which is designed to sort students, can be replaced with one that is designed for every student to succeed. When we design for […]
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