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Call for Districts/Schools: Learn the Impact of Common Core-Aligned Curriculum on Classroom Effectiveness

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    Alexis Margolin

Expeditionary Learning (EL) is conducting a groundbreaking new research project with Mathematica Policy Research to explore the impact of EL’s Common Core-aligned curriculum on middle and elementary school students nationwide. For this study, called the “Teacher Potential Project,” EL is seeking school district partners interested in measuring the impact of the new curriculum on student outcomes and teacher efficacy.

“So many schools and districts are asking questions such as ‘can Common Core-aligned lessons actually be engaging for students?’ and ‘what support do teachers need to succeed in this new world of education?’” says EL President and CEO Scott Hartl. “These are the exact questions that this research will address – and the results will help districts make decisions around their curriculum and teacher professional development as they strive to implement more rigorous standards.”

Benefits to participation in study
Through participation in this study, districts will:

  • Learn the impact of implementing the EL Common Core-aligned curriculum vs. using the current curriculum employed in the district.
  • Be able to identify which tools and professional learning teachers need to implement Common Core standards in their classrooms.
  • Be better informed and prepared to make long-term curriculum decisions for their schools.

Who can participate?
EL is seeking middle and elementary schools in urban (both large and mid-sized) and clusters of rural districts to partner with them in this study. The study will be conducted over the next two years. Further eligibility criteria can be found on the Teacher Potential Project page on the EL website

Who is conducting and funding the research?
EL is partnering with Mathematica Policy Research, the premier educational research organization. The study is funded by a U.S. Department of Education “Investing in Innovation” (i3) grant.

Highly-rated national curriculum
EL recently reached 2 million downloads nationally of its grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum, which has received top marks from New York City, the state of Connecticut, and EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) – a collaboration of education leaders from Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.

For more information about Expeditionary Learning and the Teacher Potential Project, please contact Suzanne Oaks Brownstein or Trang Mar at 212-588-8788 or