Xcalibur Blog

  • The New FAFSA Application

    Financial aid often is the bridge which allows students to take their dream career to fruition. Federal financial aid assistance has had plenty of face lifts since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act of 1965. The most recent face lift for federal financial aid is the new FAFSA […]

  • GEAR UP Together! Excel Skill-Building Workshops

    I have been working in the GEAR UP space for over eight years, and prior to that I worked with educators in schools and school districts to help them use data to inform decisions.  Throughout my career there has been one constant…Excel!  Excel has been the primary tool that I’ve […]

  • Protecting Student Data: A Fundamental Responsibility

    October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). It is an initiative to promote cybersecurity awareness and education, which is essential in today’s digital age. NCSAM typically includes various activities, events, and campaigns to encourage individuals and organizations to take steps to protect their online information and systems from cyber threats. […]

  • Mastering the Art of Asking for, Receiving, and Responding to Feedback

    Feedback is a crucial component of professional growth, but we’ve all encountered feedback that left us scratching our heads. Recently, I stumbled upon an insightful episode of the “Storytelling with Data” podcast by Cole Nussbaumer. It delved into the nuances of asking for and receiving feedback, sparking my own reflections […]