We want all educators with access to Inspire Madison Region to know what this business-education network offers. If you’re new to Inspire, here’s a basic overview:

Inspire Madison Region (currently available in Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson and Sauk Counties) helps educators and their students easily find local employers and career coaches willing to connect with them to help build our future workforce. Educators and students in participating schools can access Inspire through an additional tab in Xello.

Through the Inspire features, you can find and request Career-based Learning Activities (CBLEs) such as teacher externships, job shadows, guest speakers and youth apprenticeships offered by employers in our region. It is also a resource for your students to get a better idea of the careers available in the Madison Region and the employers who offer those careers. Students can also connect with locally or regionally-based online career coaches who answer their questions about various careers in a secure environment.

To access Inspire Madison Region, first log in to your Xello Administrator account: http://careercruising.com/school

If you don’t have a Xello account, talk with your school administrators to get one set up. Once logged in, proceed to the Inspire Madison Region features located at the left side navigation on your account.

  1. Search for Companies: Allows you to search for companies in your area by keyword, index, cluster, industry. You can then further filter your search by city. Viewing a company’s profile will display details about the company, a list of careers offered by the company and a list of Career-based Learning Activities (CBLE) provided by the company with a mechanism to request an CBLE as an educator or on behalf of a student. Please reference the Experiential Learning Continuum for a full list of the types of CBLEs available.
  1. Search for Career-based Learning Activities: Allows you to search for CBLEs available in your area by industry and CBLE type such as job shadow, guest speaker or youth apprenticeship. Then you can sort further by proximity, city, or CBLE type. From there, you can submit a request to the CBLE provider for yourself or on behalf of a student, setting requested times and dates and adding details about what you or the student would like to accomplish. Follow this guide for more information on the CBLE request process.
  • Manage CBLE Requests: Allows you view and manage CBLE requests made by you or the students at your school, if you are assigned as an advisor or experiential learning coordinator. Follow this guide for more information on the CBLE request process.
  • Inspire Madison Region Messages: Allows you to view the system-generated messages when your CBLE request status changes, and to view messages sent to you from employers on career-rCBLEted topics or from Inspire administrators.

In order to see the student-facing side of Inspire/Xello, click on”Enter Xello” on the bottom of the left navigation.

For more information on how to use Inspire, please reference the following materials or contact us below:

Educator CBLE Guide
Student Quickstart Guide
Contact us here.