Evidence of Engagement Blog

Student Work on California Geology and Ecology

Great example of high quality student work! "All Over California’s Plates, The Geology and Ecology of the Golden State" is a book that explores California’s uniquely varied geology and ecosystems. The content, photography, video clips, artwork, editing and graphics decisions were all produced by sixth graders from Sierra Expeditionary Learning School. The book is now available for download here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-over-californias-plates/id635750171?mt=11

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How The Kids Saved The Parks

This documentary tells the story of the successful campaign by students at Grass Valley Charter School to save the Yuba River State Park. 


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Students from Clairemont Elementary School Create a "Get Out and Vote" PSA for Atlanta

Third Graders from Clairemont Elementary School, an EL mentor school in Decatur, Georgia created a public service announcement urging local residents to get out and vote. The project came as a part of their study of democracy and shows how the Common Core and local standards can be met with academic rigor and engagement using the EL model.  

Watch the news clip about the project below

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Architecture for A Different Type of Learning: Building a new World of Inquiry, School #58


James E. LaPosta, Jr AIA LEED AP

JCJ Architecture

Immersion and Inspiration

Architecture is a curious thing; there is no conversation, written description, or photograph that can fully describe the actual experience of walking through a building.

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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: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120913/OPINION01/209130332#ixzz26vm3RrhT

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A Reflection on Scholarship, Service, & Character Development


By Evan Bennett and Logan Hartnell 

Harborside is about discovering each student’s inner potential through a strong sense of community and enduring friendships. The phrase, “Nobody eats alone at Harborside,” has become a mantra widely accepted by students. This school-wide focus on the steady inclusion of all students has created our positive school culture. The relationships we’ve been able to build have given us a set of skills to cooperate with each other and think about the world in new ways. 

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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:

Vuela, Vuela, Mariposa from Mundo Verde, a bilingual EL school in Washington D.C.

Thanks to Sam Chaltain, who says, "This movie was produced by five-year-olds as a culminating project for a study of butterflies and habitats. It’s worth noting that this happened at a first-year-school that had never done this sort of thing before. Just to underscore that this sort of thing is possible anywhere, as long as the community is committed to letting kids demonstrate what they’ve learned in engaging, creative ways."


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