Michigan, say hello to Xello!

Students across Michigan have been building EDPs in Career Cruising for years. Now we’re excited to bring you Xello—our new, highly engaging program to help every student become future ready!

 
What is Xello

Every student, future ready

We love Career Cruising! But we knew it was time for something new. Today’s student has different experiences and expectations of technology—they need a program that will grow with them. Through our 20 year journey with Career Cruising we’ve learned a lot, both from our own experiences and from the feedback of students and educators. We knew what was needed wasn’t a new version of Career Cruising, but a new student-centred approach to software designed to deliver the type of experience kids encounter in other aspects of their life.

A proven model of success for every student

In Xello, each student builds critical self-knowledge and learns about their future possibilities to build a personalized plan for their future success.

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Build Self-knowledge

Students define their interests, skills, preferences, and aspirations so they can explore the opportunities right for them.

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Explore Options

Students learn about career possibilities and educational pathways by exploring rich engaging content and lessons.

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Create a Plan

Students create dynamic, actionable plans that outline the steps needed to achieve school, career and life goals.

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Learn & Reassess

As students gain experience, knowledge, and skills, they can reassess and change their plans for the future.

See how Xello supports the Michigan Career Development Model

With Xello, students can build and revise their EDPs and Talent Portfolios, while educators have insight into students’ progress. Beyond a checklist, Xello’s interactive lessons and exploration tools, encourage deeper, more meaningful reflection and nurture the skills students need for their futures.

Learn more in our recommended grade-by-grade Scope and Sequence document.

Download Scope & Sequence
The Xello Difference

Software for student success

Xello isn’t simply an update to Career Cruising. It’s something different. It’s an engaging, online program that goes beyond just college and career planning to help students transform their aspirations into personalized, actionable plans for academic and future success. Xello is immersive, powerful, and accessible for all users, on any device.

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Increase student engagement

Xello helps students connect learning to their future aspirations. Only Xello clearly shows kids how who they are and what they're interested in ladders up to their future goals. And, it delivers these insights through modern design and experiences that entertain while they educate.

After seeing how Xello met our needs with the EDP requirements in Michigan, along with a modern interface that appealed to both teachers and students, it was clear this was the direction we wanted to move with an online program. Amy Salani, ELA Instructor/Consultant, Wexford-Missaukee ISD, Michigan

Help students build critical skills & knowledge

Equip your students with essential skills and knowledge for future success with fully integrated lessons. Easily woven into existing curriculum or assigned as independent activities, you’ll ensure every student is completely confident and prepared for their future.

Our districts have really enjoyed the switch over to Xello. Our students are much more engaged in their EDP development and really enjoy the more user friendly look and feel of the program. Tory Thrush, Career/College Readiness Consultant - Homeless Liaison, Charlevoix-Emmett ISD, Michigan
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Equity & accessibility for all students

Xello has been designed to support all students, regardless of background, ability, or chosen pathway. The program exceeds WCAG 2.0 (Level AA) accessibility standards. Content is written at a 6th grade reading level. Career profiles show gender and racial diversity to break-down stereotypes and help every student envision their future.

It does not matter whether the student is at-risk or a high achiever. The program we’ve enabled with Xello provides something for everyone. It is a one-stop shop that makes achieving students’ dreams fun and engaging, and all without tasking educators with more work. Tonni Grant, Coordinator of Academic Advisement Department, Texas

EDP development made easy

Xello’s got you covered!

  • Career development education for all grades K-12
  • Build comprehensive EDPs and Talent Portfolios
  • Fresh content each year through age-appropriate lessons
  • Work-based learning activities with MI Bright Future
  • Rich, original career profiles including outlook and earnings information
  • Simplified, accurate four-year planning

Download our Scope & Sequence document.

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Future ready at every age & stage

Whether it’s kindergarteners beginning to discover the world of work through Xello for Elementary, or senior students making the transition to college, planning for the future is easier with high-quality programs. With Xello you get a full K-12 solution. Tailored with content, curriculum and activities relevant to each age and grade, Xello enables you to support all students across your district in college and career planning.

Interested in seeing Xello's new K-5 program in action?
Register for an upcoming webinar.

A streamlined experience for educators

Just as we’ve improved the usability for students, the educator experience has also received a makeover with Xello. From simplified login and permissions, to more powerful list tools and easy navigation, Xello is a more streamlined and enjoyable experience for educators.

Personalized, demo student accounts

Educators can now see exactly what their students experience in Xello. Every educator account automatically gets a demo student account within the educator side of Xello. Your team will always be in-the-know when it comes to students’ Xello experience.

Actionable, insightful reports

Easy to read reports show educators which students are on track and which need a little help. With the Graduation Plan Completion report, Specialization Completion report, and Critical Alerts report educators will rest easier knowing they haven't overlooked a student in need of support.

Easy access options

Let’s face it, as an educator, logging into Career Cruising could be cumbersome. With Xello, we’ve streamlined the login, simplified permissions, and added more single sign-on options.

See Xello in Action

Become a Xello expert

In these informative webinars, you’ll learn how Xello engages your students and supports your educators. Already signed up to move to Xello? Click here to sign up for our live training webinars created specially with Michigan teachers and counselors in mind.

An Introduction to Xello in Michigan Schools

Get a full overview of the Xello student experience, learn how Xello aligns to the EDP, and see how Xello’s tools help educators support student success.

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Spark Career Curiosity with Xello for Elementary

Learn how Xello's elementary program engages your youngest learners in career exploration and supports you in meeting your Career Development Model goals.

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Moving to xello

Moving is easier than you think

With Xello, you have a partner with expertise in the K-12 education landscape and a 20+ year history supporting educators. Our team is here to make your move from Career Cruising to Xello painless. Partnering with your district or school lead, we'll make sure you're educated, trained and confident in how to use Xello.

Your data moves
with you

Work completed in students’ Career Cruising Portfolios will automatically move to their Xello accounts. This includes saved careers, career clusters, schools, majors/programs, education history, as well as their Course Planner data.

Support every
step of the way

The move to Xello will be automatic and seamless, so there’s almost nothing for you to do. Other than updating your district’s or school’s website, the Xello team will do the rest (and at no charge).

Resources to help educators succeed

Your teachers and counselors will be ready to confidently lead their students through Xello with free, online training resources that cover both the educator and student experience.

Questions about Xello in Michigan

Is there a cost difference between Career Cruising K12 and Xello?

We have standardized pricing for both Career Cruising and Xello through an agreement signed in Summer 2018 with the Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan (REMC) through their REMC Save bulk purchasing program for schools. As part of this agreement, we have provided pricing parity between Career Cruising for K12 and Xello. The REMC price is discounted from our regular list price. Consistent REMC pricing is available for Career Cruising and Xello for all Michigan districts.

Is MI Bright Future a part of Xello?

Yes! If your district is part of the MI Bright Future network, your students and educators now have access to a new, more integrated Inspire experience in Xello.

  • Immersive Company profiles provide your students the opportunity to learn more about local companies and employers
  • Engaging Career and Company huddles connect your students with employers and volunteers in the community to seek career guidance and mentorship
  • Career-based Learning Opportunities enable your students to view and request opportunities offered by local employers, such as job shadows and internships. Companies can also offer career-based opportunities to educators such as career fairs, guest speakers and more.


Click here to access resources to help you and your students get started.

Ready to move to Xello?
Sign up to let us know!

If you’re a decision maker for your district or school and would like to move to Xello, or hear more about it, sign up below and our team will reach out to answer all your questions.

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Have more questions about moving to Xello?

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