Educator Resources

Best Practices Blog

This blog features the best commentary, resources, and research from across our network of educators as well as guest posts from leading voices in the field.

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Professional Development Catalog

A catalog of our scheduled seminars, workshops, and conferences.

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Recommended Reading

A list of reading material about EL-related topics and strategies.

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Fund for Teachers

Since 2004 Expeditionary Learning has partnered with Fund for Teachers, a national organization that provides summer sabbatical opportunities to teachers.

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Design Principles

The design principles express the philosophy of education and core values of Expeditionary Learning.

1. The primacy of self-discovery
Learning happens best with emotion, challenge, and the requisite support.

2. The having of wonderful ideas
Teaching in Expeditionary Learning schools fosters curiosity about the world.

3. The responsibility for learning
Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity.

4. Empathy and caring
Learning is fostered best in communities where students' and teachers' ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust.

5. Success and failure
All students need to be successful if they are to build the confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges.

6. Collaboration and competition
Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear.

7. Diversity and inclusion
Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others.

8. The natural world
A direct and respectful relationship with the natural world refreshes the human spirit and teaches the important ideas of recurring cycles and cause and effect.

9. Solitude and reflection
Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas.

10. Service and compassion
Students and teachers are strengthened by acts of consequential service to others.

Download a PDF of the full Design Principles here