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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 […]

Project ExcEL Teachers Prep for 2017-2018 School Year!

As we begin to enjoy the warm weather June brings, here at Project ExcEL, we also reintroduce our Annual Summer Institutes! Every year, Project ExcEL creates a space for teachers to gather, network, exchange brilliant ideas, and plan for the upcoming school year. Our Summer Institutes event has expanded in 2017 and will take place […]

The Shelton Trifecta of Resources Inspiring the Success of English Learners

Have you ever thought about how intimidating it can be to learn English? For some students, it can be very nerve-racking, especially for those who don’t speak English as their first language. Shelton is fortunate to have some wonderful and inspiring teachers who serve as mentors for English learners.  Project ExcEL, however, uses a mix […]

Building Student Agency with English Learners

From left to right: Mariel, Marlenny and Genesis with their mentor Ms. Rosenberg (top); Ener, Brayan and Elisaul with their mentor Mr. Matute (bottom) ​ Mr. Matute helped me learn how to deal with trouble, like if a teacher doesn’t listen or doesn’t understand.  He listens, makes me write the problem down, and then we […]
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