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What Matters Most: EL Education 2020 Virtual Summit

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    K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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What Matters Most: EL Education 2020 Virtual Summit

Racial Justice Quality Curriculum Social-Emotional Learning

This fall, in lieu of our in-person national conference, we gathered virtually at #ELVS20 as an educational community committed to racial justice, quality curriculum, and social-emotional learning for all to meet this moment and focus on promising practices that can guide our work, no matter the setting.

Relive the Learning from #ELVS20

Experience our #ELVS20 recap below as we learned side by side with leaders, researchers, students, teachers, and education experts to adapt practical and actionable tools through a series of intimate conversations and interactive sessions.

Teachers Speak: An Honest Conversation with EL Education Teachers

Relive this honest conversation with three EL Education teachers! Pamela Hornbuckle, Justin Lopez-Cardoze, and Susan Jurries bring diverse perspectives and insights to what is working in schools during the pandemic, what practices matter most, and equity issues facing schools today. Moderated by EL Education’s Angelica Jackson, Manager, Curriculum Partnerships.

Tawana Jordan Receives National Teacher Award from EL Education

Tawana Jordan is the winner of the 2020 Klingenstein Teacher Award. This award is presented annually to an exemplary EL Education teacher who is judged by their peers to have most successfully transmitted to students the essence of EL Education culture: building exemplary character, driving outstanding academic achievement, and instilling an ethic of citizen scholarship. 

Tawana Jordan has been a teacher in Detroit Public schools for 24 years, and has recently experienced the transformative results of a districtwide implementing the EL Education curriculum.

Dr. Diamond Ford Receives National Leadership Award from EL Education

Dr. Diamond Ford is the winner of this year’s Silverberg Leadership Award, which honors one excellent school leader each year. The 2020 award is presented by William Haithcock, the winner of last years’ award.

In accepting this award at the EL Education 2020 Virtual Summit, Dr Ford describes the experience as a young black student in Atlanta in the 1980s, and the choice to wear her hair in its natural state. “Like my curly hair, this risk was bold, unique, and non-conforming,” explains Dr. Ford. So too was she when opening Michael R Hollis Innovation Academy in 2016, adopting the EL Education curriculum and school model.

Two Schools Achieve EL Education Credential for Excellence in Character and Scholarship

We’re pleased to announce that two schools from our national network have received the EL Education Credential: Expeditionary Learning Middle School in Syracuse, NY, and River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC. The honor was announced today at the organization’s first-ever Virtual Summit, What Matters Most: Moving Toward More Equitable Schools.

Experience the Conversation Online 

Experience more videos from #ELVS20, EL Education’s first-ever Virtual Summit. View the conversation online using our #ELVS20 hashtag on social media.

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