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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.

Karen Kondrick Chosen to Serve on NYS Education Department ELA Advisory Panel



Karen Kondrick, Sixth-grade teacher at Ripley Central School, has been selected to serve on the New York State Education Department ELA advisory panel.

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Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School Graduate Featuring in Time Magazine Video



Congratulations to Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) graduate Estiven Rodriguez, WHEELS, and our colleagues at NYC Outward Bound Schools on this beautiful video featured on Time! 

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Oakhurst Elementary Students Present at Decatur City Commission Meeting



On January 20th, first-graders from Decatur GA's Oakhurst Elementary School presented at the Decatur City Commision meeting as the culminating event for their expedition, "What Can One Little Person Do?".

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Meet the Coders: Q&A With the Student Developers Behind the EL National Conference 2014 App



This year, thanks to two Kettle Falls High School students, we were able to seriously up our digital game at the EL National Conference. With the support of Project Manager and teacher Naomi Edwards, seniors Kyle Reddeman and Joshua Dugger designed this year’s National Conference #ELNC14 app. Kettle Falls High School is a small, rural Expeditionary Learning school in Washington. Below, the students reflect on how the project inspired and challenged them.

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Learning Targets: Why Elena Chose to Create Her Own

This piece, originally featured in the EL National Conference 2014 newsletter, Signpost, was written by Elena Fulton. Elena graduated from the Odyssey School of Denver in 2011 and is now a senior at East High School in Denver, CO.

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How The Springfield Renaissance School Prepares Students for College and for Life



In this article, originally featured in the EL National Conference 2014 newsletter, Signpost, Brown University sophomore Edward Brown reflects on how his time at The Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, MA prepared him for college, and for life. 

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Accountability, Motivation, and Progress: One Student's Take On Student-Led Conferences



This reflection on Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) and their role in supporting the evolution of accountability, motivation, and progress among EL students was published in the EL National Conference 2014 newsletter, Signpost. The piece was written by New York City Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School senior, Erika Cabrera.

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The Eye of the Storm: Casco Bay High School Students Explore Their Generation's Impact



In 2013-’14, juniors at EL Mentor School Casco Bay High School for Expeditionary Learning in Portland, ME, were presented with the realities of climate change and asked to examine their role in effecting change. 
They launched the year with a study of greenhouse gases and researched, drafted and presented to experts their own public policy proposals aimed at addressing our dependence on fossil fuels.

Armed with expertise, they then traveled as a class to the Rockaways in New York, an area devastated one year earlier by Hurricane Sandy, to assist in reconstruction efforts while working to document the stories of those affected by the storm. Their culminating product was a multimedia film drawing attention to the realities of climate change while capturing the struggle and resilience of those in the storm’s path. Here are their reflections on the moments when they first took full ownership of their own learning, as featured in the EL National Conference 2014 newsletter, Signpost

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World of Inquiry Senior Named Scholar Athlete of the Week

Jason Cherin led the World of Inquiry School #58 soccer team to a feat that hasn't been accomplished in 34 years. That's one reason to pay attention to Jason. Another reason: the senior takes six AP courses and he's News10NBC Scholar Athlete of the Week.

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How Do We Make 100% College Acceptance the Norm?

NEW YORK -- January 7, 2015 -- Amid the news of last month's "College March" – an annual tradition in which high school seniors drop their college applications in the mail – there is a growing movement of educators who are pushing their schools to achieve 100% college acceptance for their students, no matter their family background.

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