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EL Welcomes 16 New Partners to our National Network

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    April Hattori

Expeditionary Learning proudly welcomes 16 new partners to our National Network:

  • Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School - Wilmington, DE
  • UPrep – Ellen Thompson Elementary - Detroit, MI
  • UPrep High School - Detroit, MI
  • UPrep – Mark Murray Elementary - Detroit, MI
  • UPrep Middle School - Detroit, MI
  • Lake County Intermediate - Leadville, CO
  • Northglenn Middle - Northglenn, CO
  • West Park K-2 - Leadville, CO
  • Manara STEM Academy - Arlington,TX
  • Sanchez Elementary - Hartford, CT
  • Brighten Academy Charter School - Douglasville, GA
  • Franklin School of Innovation -Asheville, NC
  • Irmo Middle - Irmo, SC
  • Copper Point School -Tucson, AZ
  • Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning - Grass Valley, CA
  • Westchester Elementary School - Decatur, GA

"These schools are working hard to provide their communities with a new education option that values scholarship, character, and real-world learning.  We look forward to partnering with teachers and school leaders to create classrooms where students are respected, challenged and engaged in work worth doing,"  said Mark Conrad, Chief Schools Officer.

One example of the real world learning that takes place in these new schools and all EL schools comes from Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL) in Grass Valley, CA.  Students will focus on an exploration of the pros and cons of mines, which is a current issue facing the community. A local developer wants to open a gold mine, which has raised concerns about water quality, noise pollution and stability of the ecosystem. Yet, with the continued high-value of gold and the need for it, opening the mine could be a worthwhile business in the community. Students will learn the various viewpoints from original sources and then host a community forum on the topic at the end of the exploration.

Many of the principals from these schools participated in EL's Leadership Induction Institute in Amherst, MA and have worked with their school designers to create benchmarks for student achievement growth across the three dimensions student achievement (Mastery of Knowledge and Skills, Character and Engagement, and High Quality Student Work ) and designing a corresponding multi-year implementation plan.  This process establishes baseline data and clear targets for improvements in student achievement through deep implementation of EL practices.  We look forward to supporting the development of these new schools and are excited to welcome them to the EL family.