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Record-breaking 1,193 Educators Raise the Bar at National Conference

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    Alexis Margolin

At Expeditionary Learning’s 2014 National Conference earlier this month 1,193 educators attended a variety of our 180 Master Class offerings, learned from each other and contributed to the movement of raising the bar of what’s possible in American education.

“We are here again for what is truly a community event,” Scott Hartl, President & CEO of Expeditionary Learning (EL) said in his opening keynote comments. “Leadership is the function of many, rather than the face of one.”

The learning and excitement spread well beyond the conference as participants shared their experiences and excitement on social media. More than 1500 tweets went out using the hashtag #ELNC14, documenting Master Classes, keynote speeches, reflections, and collaboration. Find out what people had to say about #ELNC14 here.

In the spirit of the conference theme on student independence, students were major contributors at the gathering. They helped present several Master Classes and developed the conference app that connected all attendees. "It was an honor for me to present here and be here for my school... This is a great opportunity for me to say how I feel, and to be a leader of my community, so I took the opportunity and I came here representing my family, because my school is my family," said Carla Hernandez, a sophomore at the Greene School and co-student present of a Master Class session.

In a powerful closing keynote, "What Does it Take to Effect Change in the World?" students from Casco Bay High School gave the audience a compelling question and examples of student leadership to take back to their classrooms.

For even more highlights from the 2014 National Conference, visit our Flickr album.