Center X Northeast approaches school improvement using research-based techniques, tools, and processes to promote continuous improvement of K-12 schools. Center X Northeast partners with K-12 school districts in a number of ways. Among these are Grant Development, Evaluation Services, Peer Learning Visits, Support for English Language Learners, and Support for District Leadership.
Project Exc-EL: Excellence for English Learners
Project ExcEL partners with public schools to employ a data-driven, tiered approach to instruction building on community partnerships to create personalized, expanded learning opportunities for students who do not speak English as their first language. In 2016, the Shelton, CT schools joined existing Exc-EL districts in Tarrytown and Ossining (New York), expanding the number of school sites from 4 to 12, building on nationally recognized work currently in process. Early results from ongoing research with ExcEL schools indicates a positive effect on the results in reading and mathematics assessments for English learners.
Shelton Superintendent of Schools Chris Clouet said, “Helping all students to succeed is central to our mission. We know our EL students are like all young people—full of hope, dreams, and potential. This project will help us to nurture that potential more effectively.”