Best Practices Blog

This blog features the best commentary, sample learning expeditions, and research from across our network of educators

It's Time to Change the Conversation About Grit

In Education Week's Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo on October 5, 2015, Chief Academic Officer Ron Berger shared his thoughts on question: Should we help our students develop grit and, if so, how?

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Students as Change Agents in a Burning Baltimore

Authored by Ashley Williams, a teaching assistant in EL school Southwest Baltimore Charter School, this is the second in a three-part blog series as featured on Education Week's Learning Deeply blog, focusing on the confluence of deeper learning with social justice and social action.

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Empathy + Critical Thinking = Compassionate Action

Authored by EL writer Anne Vilen, this is the first of a three-part blog series as featured on Education Week's Learning Deeply blog, focusing on the confluence of deeper learning with social justice and social action. 

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Building Vocabulary Takes Wide Reading

Today’s students are often challenged to read complex texts. In fact, Expeditionary Learning’s ELA curriculum features complex “central” texts that students work with in class and for homework, with support from the teacher and peers. It is important that all students have access to, and support with, reading text at the appropriate level of complexity for their grade level.

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A Community of Learners with the EL Curriculum

Bobbi Hopkins has been a third grade teacher for 28 years and is currently working at Country Parkway Elementary School in the Williamsville Central School District in Buffalo, New York. In this interview, Bobbi explains how the EL curriculum has transformed her classroom into “a community of learners”:

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We Asked a Librarian: "How Do We Get Our Kids to Read?"

The research on summer reading and summer regression from not reading is clear:

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Moving Up: Graduation Is Just The Beginning

“I’m going to bring what I know and who I am from Polaris, and I’m going to give it all I’ve got” – Daniel, 8th grader, Polaris Charter Academy 

In schools across the Expeditionary Learning network, May and June are marked by passage traditions and graduation ceremonies. Everyone is moving up! Crossing the bridge to the next grade, the next school, or the next adventure is a time for reflection as well as celebration. When students know and can name the skills they’ve mastered and the character traits they’ve acquired along the learning journey, they level up to the next grade ready for a new challenge.

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