Michigan, say hello to Xello!

Students across Michigan have been building EDPs in Career Cruising for years. Now they're building them in Xello—our modern, 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 Educational Development Plans (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.

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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

Xello Support has everything you need to help you engage your students and support your educators. Click here to visit our dedicated Michigan page for guides, walkthroughs, and videos. Plus, sign up for our live, complimentary, and interactive training webinars.

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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Bring Xello to Life in Your Schools

Break down your planning process and ensure you’re meeting the needs of students and supporting educators with our Michigan Implementation Guide.

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2021/22 events

Introducing our PD webinar series

This school year, we’re teaming up with the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) to deliver a SCECH-eligble professional development series so you can prepare students for the future as their world continues to change. Join us for our complimentary 8-part PD webinar series beginning this fall in October and continuing monthly until May 2022. Register below for these upcoming sessions.

January 18: Creating powerful 4-year plans in Xello

Hear strategies for developing plans that connect academics to students’ post-secondary goals and how to use Xello reporting data to make meaningful program improvements. Register Now!

February 15: An equitable approach to college & career readiness

Dr. Laura Owen, Executive Director for the Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment, joins us to discuss what educators can do to help their students to dream bigger. Register Now!

March 8: Integrating future readiness into classroom cirriculum

Learn how to make it easy for teachers to incorproate careers education into their lesson plans and activities, and ensure you can extend your efforts into their classrooms. Register Now!

Questions about our Michigan PD webinar series

Is this PD series available for SCECH?

Yes. Each one-hour session may be eligible for up to 1 (one) SCECH in college prep and selection OR career exploration during its eligibility period of 90 days following the original recorded session date.

Who is eligible to receive SCECH?

All educators in Michigan, regardless of affiliation to Xello or MCAN, are eligible to receive up to 1 SCECH. An educator is eligible to receive up to one credit per session, during the session eligibility period.

How will SCECH be awarded?

CECHs will be processed for those who attend live within 30 days. For those who watch the recording and earn at least an 8/10 on the quiz, SCECHs will be processed within 30 days of quiz completion. MCAN will process SCECH requests following each live session. Please include your PIC number during registration for expedited SCECH processing. If you attended live, but did not submit your PIC during registration, you can send your name, PIC, and the name of the webinar to scech@micollegeaccess.org for processing. If you are viewing the recording, enter your PIC on the quiz and MCAN will process your SCECH within 30 days of successful quiz completion.

What if I haven't received my SCECH?

Please keep in mind that MCAN processes a high volume of SCECHs and all SCECHs need to be processed within 30 days of the event. If you still have not received your credit after this time, please contact scech@micollegeaccess.org.

Do I have to sign-up for the entire series?

No. You don't need to commit to the whole series, simply register for the sessions/topics that fit your interests and schedule. We will email our clients invitations when new sessions become available and will also add the latest sessions to this page.

How can I find out more about this series?

If you are looking for the helpful resources outlined during the live session, information on future topics, or participating as a speaker in a future session and you are a Xello client, please contact your dedicated Michigan Success Manager. If you are unsure of who that is or if you are not a Xello client, you may contact our Client Solutions team (1.800.965.8541 ext 2 or help@xello.world).

Want to learn more about Xello?

If you’re not yet a Xello client or if you’re a Xello client looking to add a new feature this year, fill out this form and our team will reach out to answer your questions.

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Have more questions about Xello?

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