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Expeditionary Learning and its partner schools are often featured in the press for their project-based learning, service to community, and educational innovation.

Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce Proudly Accepts $100,000 Grant

Earlier this year, Derek Pierce, Principal of Casco Bay High School (CBHS) in Portland M.E., was named as the recipient of the Larry O'Toole Award, a leadership grant awarded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. On the evening of December 16th, he accepted the award at a ceremony hosted at CBHS.

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Quite a Send-Off for First Graduating Class at Rochester, N.Y.'s World of Inquiry School

On December 12th, 2014, the first graduating class from EL Mentor School, World of Inquiry School in Rochester, N.Y., tool a giant step toward college acceptance as they dropped college applications in the mail in celebration of the College March. Read the full Time Warner News story

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A Celebration of Learning at Colorado's Fox Creek Elementary School

This month, Fox Creek Elementary of Highlands Ranch, CO, held their first annual schoolwide exhibit in which students from each grade prepared unique exhibits to show off what they have been working hard on all year long - "A Celebration of Learning 2014." 

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Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences Math Videos Accessible to Students Globally

Congratulations to Gary Fulreader and Nathan Moore, teachers at Expeditionary Learning school Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences (SFSAS) in Santa Fe, NM, for being recognized for their innovative, educational videos! Mr. Fulreader and Mr. Moore's math videos will now be accessible to students all over the world.

Three years ago, Mr. Fulreader started filming his algebra lessons for students, and later shared them via Youtube. Last month, he was contacted via his YouTube channel by Gladys Pienaar of, a nonprofit organization wokring to deliver meaningful content free of charge to South Africans. Ms. Peinaar was reaching out to request permission to share Mr. Fulreader's algebra videos with South African students. 

“This approach dovetails with our school's goals to connect globally, and to serve students as best as we can." - SFSAS Principal Geetha Holdsworth

Fulreader and SFSAS granted the organization international use of the videos so that eventually this “school in the cloud” could be rolled out in even more countries. 

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Casco Bay High School Students Participate in College March

On the afternoon of December 12th, 2014, Casco Bay High School seniors in Portland, M.E., paraded down Congress Street to drop off their college applications in celebration of the College March. Click here for photos and coverage from the Portland Press Herald.

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Paul Tough on What (Besides Tests) Should Count

In a recent post on Education Week's "On California" opinion blog, Paul Tough, author of "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character" highlights the Expeditionary Learning model and shares his opinion on what should count when considering student success. Below is an excerpt from the piece. 

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Michelle Obama Joins D.C. Students for Their March to Mail College Applications

On December 5th, 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama visited with high school seniors at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., and cheered them on as they made their College March, dropping college applications in the mail amidst cheering friends, family, peers, and members of the community. Read the full Washington Post article covering the momentous event.

Three Expeditionary Learning Schools Among Seven CityBridge Foundation's Breakthrough Schools

Congratulations to Capital City Public Charter School, Two Rivers Public Charter School, and Mundo Verde Public Charter School on being among the seven recipients of the CityBridge Foundation's Breakthrough Schools: D.C. grant!

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