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BellXcel Names Educator of the Year

BellXcel is pleased to announce that Angela Kennedy, Site Manager, at Louisiana 4-H LSU AgCenter, in Angie, Louisiana, is this year’s Tiffany Cooper Gueye Educator of the Year. BellXcel CEO Lauren Sanchez Gilbert, Ed.D., presented Kennedy with the award on Wednesday, March 27 at Wesley Ray...
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BellXcel: New Name. Same Vision.

Dear friends, I am excited to announce that BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) is now BellXcel! Over the past quarter century, our nonprofit has evolved to meet the needs of those we serve, and so have our name and brand identity. Change is the only constant in our organization. Yet, our...
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Crean Davis: In Building an Evidence Base for Research, Start Small — & Follow the Trail of Breadcrumbs Toward Larger Answers

January 19 2019 When BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), a national nonprofit, had a hunch that its unique approach to professional development was having a positive impact on teacher practices, it asked Bellwether Education Partners to investigate. Not only did teachers describe a...
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Study Finds BELL Summer Learning Programs Impact Teachers' Approach to School-Year Instruction

BOSTON, Sept. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Bellwether Education Partners study found BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) helps teachers hone their instructional skills during the summer, which they then carry into the school year to help students build skills all year long. Bellwether...
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BELL-powered programs helped nearly 1,400 K-8 Alabama students prevent summer learning loss and improve school preparedness

A new partnership with school districts in Birmingham, Baldwin County, Tuscaloosa City and Tarrant City more than doubled the number of Alabama K-8 students set up for success due to their participation in BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) powered summer programs designed to prevent summer...
Hispanic Outlook on Education
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Solution to summer slide is as clear as a "BELL"

Hispanic Outlook on Education recently sat down with BELL CEO Lauren Sanchez Gilbert to talk about the BELL Summer program, including scholar & community impact, & plans for the future! Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, and Providence BELL Scholars Mia Estrella Gomez and Máximo Estrella Gomez III,...
Annual Impact Report 2017
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BELL Presents 2017 Annual Impact Report

Dear BELL Friends and Families, It is an honor to write my first annual report letter as CEO of BELL. Today, we find ourselves at one of the most pivotal points in BELL’s 25-year history. We are laying the foundation to scale our reach even farther to transform the lives of exponentially more...
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Math and literacy gains show BELL-powered programs prevented summer slide for PK-8 students in 34 states

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jaime Crespo Jaime.Crespo@experiencebell.org BOSTON (October 2017) - Evaluation results show PK-8 students enrolled in BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)-powered summer learning programs gained an average of 2 months in literacy skills and 3 months in math...
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BELL receives record 10-year $30 million grant from Ballmer Group to expand educational access to reduce summer slide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jaime Crespo Jcrespo@bellxcel.org BOSTON - BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), the largest evidence-based summer learning provider in the U.S. and a national leader in PK-8 out-of-school time (OST) education, received a 10-year $30 million grant from Ballmer...