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

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EL Education is pleased to announce that two schools from its national network have received the EL Education Credential: Expeditionary Learning Middle School in Syracuse, NY, and River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC. The honor was announced today at the organization's first-ever Virtual Summit, What Matters Most: Moving Toward More Equitable Schools.

The two schools join a cohort of 42 credentialed schools that demonstrate remarkable results through continuous improvement as a model to inspire others.

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.

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 the 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.

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EL Education: Alexandra Fenwick-Moore, 646-517-6911 or