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EL Education Names 2016 Mentor Schools

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    April Hattori

New York - March 23, 2016 - EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning), a leading K-12 non-profit that is redefining student achievement in diverse communities across the country, today announced its 2016 cohort of 12 Mentor Schools. These exemplary EL Education schools have not only reached the organization's high standards for quality, but also have demonstrated a readiness and willingness to share their expertise with the newest schools in its network

EL Education Mentor Schools are a subset of the 25 EL Education Credentialed Schools which excel in three dimensions of student achievement powerfully associated with success in college, career and life. We believe that when students complete school and enter adult life, they will be judged for the rest of their lives not by their performance on tests of basic skills, but by the quality of their work and character

  • Mastery of Knowledge and Skills: Students demonstrate proficiency and deeper understanding across disciplines, apply their learning, think critically, and communicate clearly.
  • Character: Students work to develop mindsets and skills for success in college, career and life, treat others well and stand up for what is right, and contribute to a better world by applying their learning to improve their communities.
  • High-Quality Work: Students create original and authentic work that demonstrates higher order thinking and craftsmanship.

During the two-year term, each Mentor School will be partnered with one new EL Education school, regularly connecting in person and through other means to share best practices and provide advice on effective and efficient implementation of the EL Education model. Through site visits, leadership coaching, teacher collaboration and the ongoing sharing of resources, the schools in this initiative benefit from sustained interaction and a mutual commitment to EL Education’s vision for student achievement. 

“Achieving the highest standards within the EL Education network as Credentialed Schools, Mentor Schools provide an important support network for our newest schools as they implement our transformational model with the goal of attaining similarly remarkable results,” said Mark Conrad, EL Education’s Chief Schools Officer. The 2016 EL Education Mentor Schools are: