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Five Schools Achieve EL Education Credential for Excellence in Character and Scholarship

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NEW YORK, 10/17/2019—EL Education, a leading K-12 education nonprofit working to close opportunity gaps, is pleased to announce that five schools from across its national network have received the EL Education Credential. The honor was announced at the organization's National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia today. 

The hallmark of EL Education’s approach is an expanded definition of student achievement that combines student character and high-quality work with mastery of knowledge and skills. The EL Education Credential recognizes schools that have attained remarkable achievement impacts with all students in each of these areas through deep implementation of the EL Education school model. The model is a blueprint for transforming instruction, assessment, leadership, curriculum, school culture and character, with the support of EL Education school designers.

“The EL Education Credential marks a milestone on each school’s journey where they tell their unique story of improvement and student impact. The recognition represents a multi-year focus on the three dimensions of student achievement and is proof that there doesn’t have to be a trade-off between challenge and joy in teaching and learning,” said Myra Parks Brooks, Senior Director of Schools.

The newly credentialed schools are:

In 2014 EL Education began recognizing schools that demonstrated high levels of implementation and achievement with a credential. EL Education defines achievement as mastery in three areas, all of which are powerfully associated with success in college and career:

Mastery of Knowledge and Skills. Students show evidence of proficiency and deep understanding of a subject, critical thinking, the ability to communicate clearly, and application of their learning. Performance on state assessments over a period of several years is one measure.

Character. EL Education schools establish consistent school-wide “Habits of Scholarship” (such as perseverance and responsibility), which are then tracked by students and teachers to provide evidence of growth over time. 

High-Quality Student Work. Schools present evidence showing the quality, depth, and authenticity of student work during the school’s multi-year partnership with EL Education. 

The five schools join 36 schools holding an EL Education Credential. The credential is valid for five years, therefore, every five years the school updates its body of evidence to demonstrate continued growth in student achievement. Four schools have successfully renewed their credential:

  • Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning Schools (NYCOB)
  • Polaris Charter Academy (Chicago, IL)
  • Genesee Community Charter School (Rochester, NY)
  • Two Rivers Public Charter School, 4th Street Campus (Washington, DC)

To learn more about EL Education, visit eleducation.org

Media Contact:
EL Education: Alexandra Fenwick, 646-517-6911 or afenwick@eleducation.org.