Relive the learning from the 2019 EL Education National Conference.

Join Our School Network

The 2019 EL Education Request for School Network Partners (RFP) is now closed. Stay tuned for the 2020 RFP coming this winter.

Working in partnership with local communities, we take a different approach to teaching and learning. Join our nationwide network of schools, in which  . . .

Learning is active.

Students are scientists, urban planners, historians, artists, and activists, exploring ideas and engaging in authentic work that allows them to contribute to their communities and promote equity and social justice.

Learning is challenging.

Students are supported to do far more than they think they can. Teachers expect excellence and teach in ways that enable students to learn deeply, surpass standards, and produce high-quality work. Students and teachers model academic courage.

Learning is meaningful.

Students build deep understanding of concepts and can apply their skills and knowledge to new contexts and real-world issues. They are learning with a purpose—getting smart to do good—and understand that their education is in the service of building a better world.

Learning is collaborative.

School leaders, teachers, students, and families work together to create a culture of respect, responsibility, and joy in learning. The school community is a place where all students and adults feel that they belong, support each other to succeed, and are inspired to be their best selves.

Learning is public.

Students produce high-quality work for presentation to audiences within and beyond the school. They reflect on what and how they learn with peers, teachers, and community members. Hallways and classrooms are filled with evidence of learning and beautiful student work.

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See the model

See inside schools who are transforming outcomes for students, teachers, and communities by joining our school network.

Hollis Innovation Academy


Conway Elementary School




Pathway to Partnership

Successful partnership with EL Education is designed to improve student performance across three dimensions of achievement. School Network Partners implement our core practices with quality over the course of 4-6 years and demonstrate their impact on student achievement by earning an EL Education Credential.

Our partnerships thrive because teachers, leaders, and EL Education are equally invested in your students’ success through fidelity to our model. After we select candidate schools, we work with leaders and staff to familiarize all members of the school community with EL Education’s model. This “dating” process, ensures that if the school chooses to join the EL Education network, leaders, teachers, and EL Education are committed to a five-year implementation journey.

January 9, 2020

RFP Release

May 1, 2020

Deadline for RFP Submission

June 1, 2020

Candidate Schools Notified

September—January 2021

  • September: Introductory Professional Development
  • November: EL Education National Conference
  • December: Faculty Q & A
  • January: Partnership Readiness and Faculty Vote

February 2021

School Network Partnership Agreement

April - August 2021

Planning for Launch

September 2021

School Network Affiliate year begins

Please note: This process applies to existing public schools that are seeking to adopt EL Education’s network school design. School leaders who aspire to launch a new EL Education school from scratch are invited to explore the EL Education School Design fellowship.

Target Regions

EL Education is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and social justice. We also know that successful school transformation through the EL Education model requires true partnership, in which our staff and your staff can collaborate effectively and expediently. Toward these twin goals, we are currently seeking Pre-K-12 public school (charter or district) partners in the following states and metropolitan areas:





District of Columbia

Southeastern Maine (Portland metro area)




New Jersey

New York

Northeast Illinois (Chicago metro area)



Eastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia metro area)

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Southeast Wisconsin (Milwaukee/Madison metro area)

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New partners must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 40% of the student population qualifies for free- or reduced-price meals (by federal guidelines or a similar measure of low-income status)
  • The school’s demographic diversity across other subgroups (race, English language learners, special education, etc.) resembles the district and/or surrounding communities.
  • The school is located in one of the regions listed above.
  • The school has the written support of an authorized district or charter board representative to pursue a partnership with EL Education and willingness to support the required instructional autonomies