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EL Education Seeking Schools to Join Innovative Teacher Potential Project

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    April Hattori

EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) is seeking district partners to join the Teacher Potential Project (TPP), a research study funded by an “Investing in Innovation” (i3) grant from the US Department of Education. TPP will research the effects of rapidly and meaningfully implementing standards-aligned English Language Arts/Literacy curriculum in grades 6-8. This project will help leaders make data-based decisions about the resources and professional learning needed to implement rigorous standards and engage students as critical thinkers.

Mathematica Policy Research, the premier educational research organization, will collect and analyze the impact of this curriculum and professional development on student achievement and teacher efficacy and retention.

The Teacher Potential Project will help districts answer key questions:

  • How do your current programs measure up to a high-quality, research-based program?
  • Does the EL Education curriculum work in your district?
  • Is the EL Education curriculum worth investing in system-wide?
  • Schools participating in TPP will:
  • Learn what it takes to close the achievement gap in high-need schools.
  • Increase the effectiveness and retention rates of novice teachers.
  • Use EL Education's nationally recognized English Language Arts Curriculum for Grades 6-8.

For more information on TPP, take a look at this informational sheet.

Below are some criteria for eligible schools and districts:

  • Districts within large urban areas, mid-sized city districts and/or rural schools with at least 50% of students receiving free and reduced lunch.
  • Novice teacher(s) within an existing teacher population (within first two years of career).
  • Middle school schedules that provide at least 45 minutes of ELA.
  • Dedicated on-site instructional leaders and/or coaches to sustain efforts.
  • Access to technology (computers and Internet) for online components of program.
  • Willingness to pilot EL Education’s ELA curriculum in selected schools.
  • Not currently using EL Education's 6-8 ELA Curriculum as a primary instructional resource.

If your school is interested in participating in TPP, please fill out our eligibility survey. A member of the Teacher Potential Project team will contact you.