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Expeditionary Learning Achieves Private Sector Match to Receive Federal i3 Grant

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    April Hattori


Expeditionary Learning (EL) is pleased to announce it has met the private sector match required to secure its $12 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant award from the U.S. Department of Education to demonstrate a model of professional learning that transforms teacher practice at scale through its Unlocking Teacher Potential project.

"We are incredibly grateful to the foundations and individuals who together have committed more than $1 million in philanthropic funds to leverage this unprecedented federal investment in Expeditionary Learning and make possible our Unlocking Teacher Potential project,” said EL President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Hartl. “These funders share a vision for what public education can be for all children in our country, regardless of zip code, and a belief in the power of Expeditionary Learning's instructional model to accelerate student achievement and transform teacher practice." 

Expeditionary Learning expresses gratitude to following philanthropic funders who committed matching grants: 

  • Marjorie Buckley
  • Greg Farrell
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Todd and Janis Gomez 
  • Habe Foundation
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • The Andrew and Julie Klingenstein Fund
  • The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Inc.
  • John and Patricia Klingenstein Fund
  • Thomas D. Klingenstein Fund
  • The Klingenstein-Martell Foundation
  • Pritchard Foundation
  • Melissa and R. Bruce Rich 
  • Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
  • Irwin W. Silverberg
  • Dhuanne and Douglas Tansill Family Foundation 
  • Harriet and Paul Weissman
  • Ginger and Geoff Worden
  • Alexandra Buckley Voris
  • Joanne and Peter Ziesing 

Through the Unlocking Teacher Potential project, EL will demonstrate a model of professional learning that transforms teacher practice at scale. Partnering with middle and elementary schools, EL will work with novice and veteran teachers to provide a full suite of professional development and coaching tools that will enhance and accelerate implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards and improve retention rates of novice teachers. 

The Investing in Innovation Fund is a competitive grant program that finds and funds the expansion of innovative practices designed to improve student achievement.  In 2013, Expeditionary Learning was one of only seven organizations to win the Validation-level Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, which required a 10% match from the private sector.  The grant award is a testament to EL’s potential to transform public education in America at scale.