• Reflecting on the Success of the 2024 Xcalibur Conference

           Last month, in collaboration with FOCUS, Xcalibur hosted our second Evaluation Conference in St. Augustine Florida, and it was a remarkable success. We brought together GEAR UP professionals and evaluators from 18 GEAR UP state and partnership grants. The conference was truly a hub of knowledge, networking, […]

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    Here We Grow Again

    All I ever wanted to do as a kid was grow up! Adult freedom to go where I wanted, do what I wanted, and have no one to answer to was a huge desire of mine. I sought this independence a little too early, and like most young adults,  I […]

  • Xcalibur Team Reflects on 2023

    Jimmy V said, “To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is you should have […]

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    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 […]

  • Welcome to the Team

    Welcome to the Team

    While everyone else is prepping for back to school season, at Xcalibur we are busy on-boarding three new evaluation specialists!  We are excited to introduce Dr. Comfort Afolabi, Melisssa Gattuso, and Catherine Villnave to our Xcalibur clients and SCRIBE users.  Each of our new team members bring diverse experiences with […]

  • Reflections from Xcalibur’s President, Jim Brown

    Over the past few weeks, I have been reflecting on the year since we last were together May 2019 in Chicago at our first Xcalibur conference.  When I think back to that time, I often find myself smiling with an occasional chuckle as my mind cycles through different memories of […]

  • Xcalibur Adds to the Team!

    Xcalibur is pleased to announce the newest member of its team–Allie Sheldon! Allie Sheldon joins Xcalibur after working as the Database Research Analyst for the Central Washington University GEAR UP grants. At CWU GEAR UP she standardized the grant’s data collection and import practices using SCRIBE and is excited to […]