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Expeditionary Learning Receives Support to Scale

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    April Hattori

In the past month, two developments supported Expeditionary Learning’s plans to scale its model of teaching and learning across the country.

This week, EL announced 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 for 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,” said EL President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Hartl.  See the full list of these generous supporters in today’s press release

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.

Also, this month, President & CEO Scott Hartl participated in Social Impact Exchange’s (SIE) Scaling Impact conference and shared EL’s growth strategy with a group of funders, philanthropic advisors, and leaders who gathered to share knowledge, learn about co-funding opportunities, and develop a community to help scale top initiatives. 

Last year, SIE identified EL as a game-changing non-profit ready to scale and selected EL to participate in the first-of-its-kind Scaling MarketplaceEL was selected as one of five education-focused nonprofits and four health-focused nonprofit organizations that collectively are raising a total of $140 million in growth capital.  Read Scott’s blog about the conference here.