Best Practices posts tagged "Educational reform"

EL's Escuela Avancemos Featured in the Detroit Free Press

We love what this story says about how a vision for a new school can galvanize a neighborhood:

From The Detroit News:

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Oakhurst Elementary School: Deepening Our Dialogues

Oakhurst Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia produced this video highlighting the introduction of student-led conferences to the school.

This is how Marcia Bryant-Fowler, instructional coach at Oakhurst, describes the video:

Teachers Learn New Ways to Teach at Summer Institutes

For many teachers in the Expeditionary Learning network, summer is a time to step into their students' shoes and do a little learning of their own. This article from Anna Renault highlights just one of EL's summer institutes:


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No Shortcuts: The WHEELS case study in Wendy Kopp’s new book

It’s all about transformational change in service of excellent education for all children.  That’s the premise of Wendy Kopp’s new book, A Chance to Make History.  Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach for America, packed its 200 pages with powerful lessons, anecdotes and principles for transforming the educational system at every level.

Springfield Renaissance School partners with Mount Holyoke College

For a great example of how schools can partner with local colleges and universities, read this article on the Mount Holyoke College website about their partnership with the Springfield Renaissance School.


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School Profile: King Middle School

Since becoming an EL school in 1992, King has fully reinvented itself—from a low-performing school to one of the highest-performing schools in the state of Maine and a model school within the EL network.

Download the King Middle School profile here

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School Profile: School #58 - World of Inquiry


As part of a new series to help people see the range of the Expeditionary Learning school network, we are developing and publishing a series of school profiles.

School #58 - World of Inquiry, located in Rocheser, NY, started with EL in 2002 and is one of our most successful schools.

Download the School #58 - World of Inquiry school profile here

Read about their prestigious "Blue Ribbon" designation here

Read about their upcoming site seminar here

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What does "engagement" look like in education?

What does engagement look like?

In the coming months, we will feature stories of engagement:  students engaged in their own learning for the first time, teachers engaged in powerful new ways of thinking about education, and classes engaged in making their communities better places.  We will look at schools engaged in transforming themselves and the neighborhoods they're in and educational leaders engaged in making teaching and learning about more than just test scores.  We will hear stories from students, teachers, leaders, and parents. 

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