Transforming Education to Unlock Lifelong Opportunity and Success for Each And Every Child

aka ExcelinEd   |   Tallahassee, FL   |


Launched by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, ExcelinEd supports state leaders in transforming education to unlock opportunity and lifelong success for each and every child. For more than a decade, ExcelinEd has been advancing student-centered policy solutions that are: *Improving student learning *Increasing opportunity *Expanding equity *Readying graduates for college and high-quality jobs To create a 21st-century learning environment, ExcelinEd has established five goals—each with student-centered policy solutions—that have the power to change lives: Bridge the Digital Divide, Close Learning Gaps, Empower Families with Opportunity, Strengthen Pathways to College + Careers and Reimagine Learning

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Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Patricia Levesque

Main address

P.O. Box 10691

Tallahassee, FL 32302 USA

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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OUR CHALLENGE Organized around the needs of adults more than a century ago, America’s outdated education system is failing too many of today’s students, leaving them unable to access a learning environment that best meets their needs and underprepared for college and the workforce.

Our programs

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National Summit on Education

ExcelinEd’s annual National Summit on Education is the nation’s premier gathering of education policymakers, practitioners and advocates. More than a thousand state and national leaders convene for the annual event, providing an unparalleled forum for exchanging results-based solutions and strategies that can shape public policy so critical to transforming education. This unique conference serves as a catalyst for energizing and accelerating education improvements across the nation.

The National Summit on Education is the only one of its kind to highlight a broad range of policy topics from early literacy, educational opportunity, early college and the future of assessments to education-to-workforce, digital access and the future of learning, schools and teaching.

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Guaranteeing Every Child Receives Academic Support to Learn, Succeed and Achieve Their Full Potential

Students are underperforming. Nearly 60% of fourth graders are not performing on grade level in math; 65% are not reading on grade level. In college, 1.7 million first-year college students need remedial help.

ExcelinEd’s action plan to close learning gaps includes state policy solutions that:
•Ensure every child can read by the end of third grade.
•Assess learning each year to make sure every student counts.
•Hold schools accountable for student outcomes and content mastery.
•Inform educators and parents about student progress to empower intervention.
•Equitably distribute high-performing teachers to meet the needs of all students.
•Distribute funding equitably across all public schools.

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Ensuring Every Student Has Equitable Access to the Digital Superhighway

The digital divide is real. During the pandemic in 2020, more than 15 million K-12 students lacked access to the internet or devices, and 400,000 public school teachers lacked internet. ExcelinEd’s action plan to bridge the digital divide includes state policy solutions that:

• Provide widespread device and internet access for underserved students.
• Offer high-quality instruction through online learning platforms and high-quality curriculum.
• Support schools and teachers with professional development in online learning.
• Develop online services for special education, English language learners and social and emotional well-being.
• Establish technology and instructional education accounts for families.

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Providing Families with Access to the Learning Environment That Best Fits Their Child’s Needs.

Families have limited access to educational options. Roughly two-thirds of Americans support educational choice, yet less than 1% of K-12 students nationwide currently have access to a private school choice program and 1 million students are on the waitlist for a charter school. ExcelinEd’s action plan to empower families with opportunity includes state policy solutions that:

• Eliminate school district boundaries for families to enroll their children in any public school in the state.
• Grow high-quality public charter schools that are equitably funded.
• Allow all education dollars to follow the student.
• Level the playing field for special-needs and low-income families through education scholarship accounts.
• Unbundle education at the course level.

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Supporting Every Student in Gaining In-Demand Skills for Lifelong Success

Credentials aren’t aligned with higher-quality, higher-wage jobs. Only 19% of credentials currently earned by K-12 students are in demand by employers. In fact, two-thirds of the top credentials earned are oversupplied and roughly half are for low-wage jobs. ExcelinEd’s action plan to strengthen pathways to college and career includes state policy solutions that:

• Create a continuum of policies and programs that support student pathways aligned with higher-skill, higher wage and in-demand jobs.
• Blur the lines between high school and postsecondary through college acceleration and innovative school models.
• Support students in navigating pathway options and through key transition points to college and career.
• Connect data systems across secondary, postsecondary and workforce to know if students and programs are successful.

Population(s) Served

America’s conventional, one-size-fits-all education system leaves too many students unengaged and disconnected. Graduates aren’t workforce ready—just half of U.S. millennials can effectively apply literacy or math skills in the workplace, and 80% of 15-17 year-olds lack work-based experience. It’s time to rethink education, including flexible paths to academic mastery, credit for work experience and allowing students to learn anywhere. ExcelinEd’s action plan to reimagine learning includes solutions that:
•Redesign 12th grade to include relevant postsecondary and career experiences
•Provide credit for learning and experiences earned outside of schools
•Personalize learning with a flexible path and pace to achieve mastery
•Reconsider the structure of school to include new models such as microschools and learning pods
•Fund education based on the value of learning instead of time spent in seats
•Rethink traditional hiring practices and allow teachers to bring school to students

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Mrs. Columba Bush, Florida’s First Lady from 1999 to 2007, is a passionate advocate for the arts and arts education, established Arts for Life! in 1999 to recognize the creativity and artistic talents of Florida’s high school students. In the program’s two decades, more than $550,000 in scholarships have been awarded to over 550 talented students in recognition of their achievement in the arts. Arts for Life! annually awards cash scholarships to 25 of Florida’s graduating high school seniors who excel in the arts. Applications are open to exceptional high school seniors from all counties across Florida, with students in public, magnet, charter, virtual and private schools, as well as home as well as home education programs vying for the prestigious award. Winners are selected by a committee of respected experts in one of the scholarship’s six disciplines of creative writing, dance, drama, film, music and visual art.

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Our results

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Massive challenges created by 2020’s global pandemic underscored the need to act with urgency on behalf of students and their future. For the first time in perhaps a century, every aspect of education can and must be reexamined. To create a 21st-century learning environment, ExcelinEd established five goals to impact 5 million students over 5 years. Our five goals—each with student-centered policy solutions—have the power to change lives by:

*Bridging the Digital Divide
*Closing Learning Gaps
*Empowering Families with Opportunity
*Strengthening Pathways to College + Careers
*Reimagining Learning

The Power of Convening: We host the National Summit on Education to annually convene the brightest minds in education policy, and we facilitate networks of states and partner collaboratives to inform policy and practice.

Policy Development & Implementation: We bring deep policy expertise and implementation experience to develop and support state leaders with customized, education policy solutions.

State-Specific Research: We conduct and leverage research to understand how policy solutions translate to real-world student success.

State Advocacy: We collaborate and advocate for change where states are ready to transform education.

Over the past decade, ExcelinEd has established itself as one of the nation’s most effective policy and advocacy organizations. The reason is simple and straightforward: ExcelinEd translates policy and research into practice for states and policymakers seeking to address some of education’s most pressing problems. With strong teams spanning policy development and implementation, advocacy and communications, ExcelinEd develops, promotes and implements proven and common-sense policy solutions that are tailored to meet individual state needs.

ExcelinEd has a demonstrated record of impact. In 2021 alone, our work with partners supported more than $1.75 billion in new student-centered education funding for programs such as early literacy, workforce education, college acceleration and educational opportunity, and created eligibility for more than 1.7 million students to benefit from student-centered policy solutions.

As a result of ExcelinEd’s work and partnerships:

• More students have educational choice.
• More children are reading on grade level.
• Students are ready for college and higher-quality, in-demand jobs.
• Academic achievement is rising.



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Board of directors
as of 08/08/2022
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Board chair

Jeb Bush

President & Chairman of the Board of Directors, 43rd Governor of Florida

Janet Ayers

President, The Ayers Foundation

Reginald Brown

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Eric Cantor

Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Moelis & Company & former House Majority Leader

Allan Hubbard

Co-founder and Chairman, E&A Industries & former Director, National Economic Council

Chris Cerf

Former New Jersey Commissioner of Education

Gary Chartrand

Executive Chairman of Acosta & Board Chair of KIPP: Jacksonville Schools

Cesar Conde

Chairman, NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

F. Philip Handy

Chief Executive Officer of Winter Park Capital & former Chairman of the Florida State Board of Education

Dee Haslam

Owner Cleveland Browns, Partner Pilot Corporation, CEO RIVR Media Companies

Joel Klein

Chief Policy and Strategy Officer of Oscar Health & former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education

Susana Martinez

31st Governor of New Mexico

Bruce Rauner

42nd Governor of Illinois

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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