Expeditionary Learning's Curriculum Reaches 3.2 Million Downloads Nationally
NEW YORK, May 19, 2015 -- With a more than 50% growth in the number of downloads over the past eight months, Expeditionary Learning's curriculum has gained increasing national prominence among teachers and education leaders seeking an open-source curriculum to meet new higher-bar state standards. Downloads of the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts curriculum have now topped 3.2 million, up from 2 million as of last August.
"We as a country are at a critical point in the quest to bring a new level of teaching and student achievement to the classroom," says Scott Hartl, President and CEO of Expeditionary Learning (EL). "Teachers, schools, and school districts nationally are engaging with the curriculum in an unprecedented way, demonstrating the real demand for a free resource to help them navigate Common Core and other state standards."
While created originally for New York State and in use in more than 1,000 public schools statewide, the EL curriculum has spread quickly across the country through its open-source, online availability. The curriculum has earned top marks from New York City, the state of Connecticut, and EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) – a collaboration of education leaders from Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island – as well as from teachers using it in their classrooms.
"What I like about the curriculum is that we are teaching the kids how to think again and get the answers using common sense and supporting their thoughts with evidence," says Jill Malone, a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teacher at I.S. 98 in New York City.
"It is evident that multiple teachers and other education professionals have worked together to ensure best teaching practices are in every lesson," says Karen Kondrick, a 6th grade teacher at Ripley Central School in Ripley, NY.
In addition to its curriculum and professional development it offers for teachers and administrators, EL partners with more than 160 schools in 31 states.