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Expeditionary Learning School

Expeditionary Learning

The Expeditionary Learning (EL) model of teaching and learning inspires and empowers teachers to unleash the potential of their students. The model succeeds in all kinds of schools – district and charter, urban and rural, and K-12.

What EL Does

Expeditionary Learning partners with schools, districts, charter management organizations, and states to build teacher capacity in service of a more ambitious vision of student achievement: one that joins academic challenge and scholarship to critical skills like perseverance, critical thinking, and an ethic of contribution to prepare students for success in college, career and citizenship.

EL listens carefully to the needs of districts and schools and align our offerings to meet those needs. The EL offerings give teachers and leaders practical tools and strategies that they can put to use in their classrooms right away:

  • Structures and resources that meet standards and respect teacher creativity and judgment, catalyzing improvement in new and veteran teachers
  • Classroom strategies organized around authentic, meaningful work in which students do original research and create high-quality products for audiences beyond the classroom
  • Instructional and assessment practices that build students’ ownership of their learning
  • Learning strategies that spark student motivation and engagement through high-level tasks and active roles in the classroom
  • Data-driven practices that empower school leaders, teachers, and students to improve student achievement
  • Structures to develop a culture of learning that builds students’ persistence, compassion and independence