The district needed a future readiness platform that puts the student experience first and addresses social emotional learning.

The district needed a future readiness platform that puts the student experience first and addresses social emotional learning.

The Challenge

The School District of Osceola County is intent on ensuring their students find appropriate pathways that set them up for success when they finish high school.

In fact, one of the district’s goals includes ensuring 100% of their students graduate with a confirmed postsecondary plan, enabling them to be ready for the next phase of their life.

Anthony Cook, coordinator of College and Career Counseling at the School District of Osceola County, said a platform that put the student experience first and addressed social emotional learning was at the top of the list when they were choosing a future readiness solution.

District
The School District of Osceola County
Location
Florida
Problem
The need for a future readiness program that empowered students to plan for college and career—and address social emotional learning
Solution
Xello provides a one-stop-shop for students and counselors as they prepare for life after high school

The Solution

From the very beginning, Xello was a front-runner that offered everything the Osecola team was looking for in a college and career readiness tool.

“When our focus group was evaluating programs, what really jumped out about Xello was the student component. The platform is very student-driven, modern, and intuitive. Ease of access and usage was also a really big thing that stood out for us,” said Cook.

The Osceola team noted Xello’s custom lessons that empower students to engage in self-exploration and planning and encourages them to record and reflect on their skills and interests.

“With the custom lessons, students are not just checking off boxes but are truly immersed in self-exploration, answering questions and diving deeper to reflect on their own interests.”

They were also interested in the social emotional (SEL) learning components of Xello.

“As counselors, we love that there are both SEL and college and career components in Xello because we know that social and emotional learning is so important to the overall health of a student.”

The School District of Osceola County
72,000
K-12 students across 60 schools
100
Osceola students represent 100 different countries and speak more than 100 different languages
90%
Osceola’s 2018/19 high school graduation rate, an all-time high

“With the custom lessons, students are not just checking off boxes but are truly immersed in self-exploration, answering questions and diving deeper to reflect on their own interests.”

Anthony Cook, Coordinator of College and Career Counselling, School District of Osceola County

The Results

Almost immediately, Xello became a tool students and counselors could use to make those important future readiness plans.

Cook appreciates that the Xello platform operates as a one-stop shop for meeting students’ college needs. He can now direct students with questions like, “Where can I go for scholarships?”, “How can I register for SAT and ACT”, and “How can I search for colleges?” straight to the Xello platform.

“That’s important because there are so many options out there for students, and we want to be able to direct them as much as possible to one place,” said Cook.

With SEL and college and career readiness available in one platform, the district is now able to bridge the gap between school counselors and college and career counselors.

“For us, whether it is high school, middle school, or elementary, if the counselors have anything that’s SEL related, they’re head over heels about it. Having that SEL component within a platform like Xello was really important to us.”

Even when the district was forced to switch to virtual learning in March 2020, Xello continued to be a tool that all students and counselors could use to further future readiness plans and learning.

“Even… in a virtual setting… the Xello lessons are so intuitive and already built into the ELA curriculum unit plans.”

With Xello’s engaging lessons and a full suite of elements for Grades K-12, the School District of Osceola County has a partner that can support them in their quest to ensure their students are future ready.

That was the Osceola County School District’s success story—now it’s time to write yours. Learn how Xello can help students at your district get college and career ready. Book My Demo

About the District
The School District of Osceola County has 25 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 10 high schools, 7 multi-level schools, 2 adult education schools, and 26 charter schools. They work in partnership with families and the community to ensure all learners develop the essential knowledge and skills to strengthen the thriving community.
About the Educator
Anthony Cook has been in education for almost 16 years; half of those years as a teacher and the other a counselor. He has spent some time teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. During that time he was nominated several times for teacher and counselor of the year having been awarded the honor of counselor of the year. He has spent the last two years serving as the Coordinator of College and Career Services for the School District of Osceola County.
ABOUT LARRY

Larry is an experienced educator having taught at both the K-12 and post high school level. Outside of the classroom, Larry is a freelance writer whose writing focuses on edtech and general education topics.