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Highlighting Remarkable Achievements from our 2017 Family of Partners

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    Kat Klopp

Over the past 25 years, EL Education partners have proven time and again that it is possible to provide the kind of education every child deserves —one that inspires academic excellence, character, and high quality work. 2017 was no different, with students, teachers, leaders, and members of our crew earning remarkable accolades, sparking deep conversations, and contributing to a better world. Join us in celebrating some of their most outstanding accomplishments from the last year below with hashtag #EL25 on social media.


The Way School Ought to Be: Recognizing EL Education Schools and District Partners
  • The first case study of the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD) focused on Capital City Public Charter School, an EL Education Mentor and Credentialed School.
  • Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC, exemplified the EL Education model in The 74, a leading online education publication.
  • The American School Board Journal highlighted Decatur, Georgia’s Winnona Park Elementary School’s expeditions.
  • Over 2,400 seniors from 26 schools across the country joined in the College March, a growing event founded by our colleagues at NYC Outward Bound Schools.
  • Students and alumni led the way at the #EL25 National Conference in Chicago, where keynote speakers Atak Natali, Elena Fulton, and Kennethea Wilson wowed the 1200 participants under the expert direction of Masters of Ceremonies Ameerah Rollins and Solomon Singleton.
  • Over the past year, 29 EL Education Schools, 9 School Leaders, and 17 Teachers won awards for their excellent work: including the ultimate recognition: Sydney Chaffee of Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston, an EL Education Credentialed school, was named the 2017 National Teacher of the Year.


Empowering Teachers and Inspiring Students: Some EL Education Highlights of 2017
  • Mathematica Policy Research, the country’s premiere educational research organization, found in a “gold standard” study that novice and experienced teachers in schools working with EL Education significantly improved their practice just one year of support.
  • Six more schools achieved the EL Education Credential by providing strong evidence of student achievement in high quality work, positive character, and academic achievement, for a total 33 EL Education credentialed schools.
  • Our open-source literacy curriculum was downloaded almost 9 million times, and used in over 600 districts in 44 states. We are engaged in literacy partnerships supporting high quality curriculum implementation with 330 schools in 45 districts, including Wake County, NC, Shelby County, TN, and Sunnyside, AZ. (Read our case studies here.)
  • EL Education authors published articles in Education Week, ASCD Express (including an article by Senior Writer Anne Vilen featured as one of 10 “Best of 2017”), Green Schools Quarterly, and Edutopia, among others.
  • Our blog regularly featured writing by EL Education staff, school leaders, teachers, and alumni. In addition, we created over 21 new teacher videos and four case studies exploring the results of our literacy partnerships. Finally, our fifth book: Your Curriculum Companion, by Director of Publications Libby Woodfin and Managing Director of Program Suzanne Plaut, was published to great acclaim.
  • We received a bevy of press attention, from stories on our partnership with Open Up Resources to pieces about our impact in  in U.S. News and World Report, The Hechinger Report.  Education Dive,The 74, and American School Board Journal.