The Indian River School District’s ExCEL program received the Superstars in Education Award from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

ExCEL, which stands for Exceptional Cognitive Enrichment Learning, was among the 2017 Superstars winners announced Feb. 24.

ExCEL is a differentiated enrichment program for fourth- and fifth-graders who demonstrate, or have the potential to demonstrate, intellectual abilities and academic aptitudes. Participating students engage in small, flexible part-time grouping and/or multi-age group instruction provided in resource rooms within the school. The program is designed to foster the development of higher mental processes, creativity, independent study and problem solving. District ExCEL teachers Cindy Isaacs and Dawn Keenan provide this science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics-based curriculum in the district’s elementary schools.

In November, Isaacs and Keenan took second place in the elementary school category of the STEM Educator Awards during the Delaware STEM Symposium. The awards recognize teachers or teams of teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels who demonstrate STEM innovation and excellence through teaching, academic collaboration and student engagement.

Funded by the local business community, Superstars in Education is a statewide awards program that seeks to promote and share programs and best practices in education that show measurable results and raise student achievement. Since its inception in 1989, the program has honored more than 260 educational programs in Delaware.

The 2017 Superstars winners will be honored at a special ceremony May 8 at Wilmington University’s Doberstein Admissions Center Auditorium.

This year’s honor is the Indian River School District’s 22nd Superstars in Education award.