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BellXcel named top women-led business in Massachusetts for second year in a row

BOSTON — For the second consecutive year, BellXcel was named one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by The Commonwealth Institute and Boston Globe Magazine. Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker was on hand to celebrate BellXcel and other distinguished organizations, representing...
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Teachers Are Important Participants in Student-centered Interventions, Not Just Inputs

Historically, the focus of BellXcel's internal program evaluation approach was measuring student-level academic and social-emotional outcomes. We engage teachers through survey research, but often only around program engagement and satisfaction. After a review of our evaluation data and anecdotal...
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BellXcel Hosts 3rd Annual Spelling Bee in Baltimore

On April 11th, more than 300 parents, teachers, and students in Baltimore came out to cheer on BellXcel After School scholars at the 3rd Annual Spelling Bee, generously sponsored by Eurich-Thalheimer Charitable Fund. Community partners, Family League of Baltimore and St. James Academy, Inc., also...
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BellXcel receives $3 million investment from the New York Life Foundation

BOSTON (April 23, 2019) –BellXcel, a national education nonprofit, today announced a $3 million, three-year grant from the New York Life Foundation that will help the organization to expand access to evidence-based summer and afterschool learning for 12,000 at-risk middle-schoolers across the U.S...
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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...