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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.

Expeditionary Learning’s Open-Source Curriculum Hits 2 Million Downloads

A top-rated curriculum now in use in more than 1,000 New York State public schools has reached a significant national milestone: 2,011,268 downloads in less than two years. Expeditionary Learning – an education leader with two decades of success transforming classrooms in order to achieve deeper student learning and performance – created its Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum for New York State, but the free, open-source modules have taken off nationwide.

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WHEELS teacher Named NatGeo Educator of the Week

Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School teacher Graham Johnson was named National Geographic's Geo-Educator of the Week  Click here to read how his band students engaged their local community as they thought through ways of improving their music program.

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New learning model part of Cabell schools


HUNTINGTON -- Students at two Cabell County Schools not only set forth into a new school year Wednesday morning, they also began their first foray into a new way of learning.

Students at Peyton and Geneva-Kent elementary schools arrived for their final-first days of school in their current schools, and this time next year, are expected to set foot into a new Expeditionary Learning incubator school, which will be the first of its kind in West Virginia.

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Chamberlain Elementary Joins the EL Network

Chamberlain Elementary School in Goshen, IN chose to use a $1.75 million school improvement grant from the state department of education on the Expeditionary Learning program, in part because the program’s methods are accessible for students at all learning levels. 

Fifth-grade teacher Erin Haseley commented: "We are trying to connect more with the kids and engage them in a way that makes them want to come back for more and more,” she said. “This will open up more for kids to learn on their own.”  Read the full story here. 

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Casco Bay High School and King MIddle School Featured in Deeper Learning Book

EL Mentor Schools Casco Bay High School and King Middle School are featured in the book Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century. Authors Monica Martinez and Dennis McGrath examine a variety of schools in different settings that share one thing in common: an active, dynamic, student-driven experience.  Read the story that appeared in The Forecaster in Portland, ME here. 

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National Conference Update: New STEM-focused Pre-conference Day Event December 6th

Expeditionary Learning has announced a new STEM-focused pre-conference day event on Saturday, December 6th that will be held before its 2014 National Conference from Sunday to Tuesday, December 7th-9th in Boston. 

Bringing Engineering Into the Classrooms: The Power of Real-World Design will be facilitated by Merredith Portsmore and Daniel Wise from Tufts University's Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. Expeditionary Learning's Grade 3 Common Core curriculum module "My Librarian is a Camel: How Do People Access Books Around the World" will be the launch point for an authentic design challenge: to help improve usability of the Tufts University library system. Participants will use a variety of technologies as they build a solution. 

Click here for a full list of pre-conference day offerings. Registration for the conference at the Sheraton Boston Hotel will open September 15th, 2014. 

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Mike McCarthy One of 50 People Shaping Maine


Maine. The Magazine has named Mike McCarthy, Principal of King Middle School in Portland, ME one of 50 People who are improving lives and broadening horizons in the state. 

King Middle School, an Expeditionary Learning Mentor School, is one of the most demographically and economically diverse schools in northern New England, but under McCarthy’s leadership, it became “truly a school for all,” where all kids, regardless of abilities or backgrounds, are challenged and engaged by their schoolwork.  READ MORE

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Expeditionary Learning Receives Support to Scale

In the past month, two developments supported Expeditionary Learning’s plans to scale its model of teaching and learning across the country.

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Expeditionary Learning Achieves Private Sector Match to Receive Federal i3 Grant


Expeditionary Learning (EL) is pleased to announce it has met the private sector match required to secure its $12 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant award from the U.S. Department of Education to demonstrate a model of professional learning that transforms teacher practice at scale through its Unlocking Teacher Potential project.

Inspiration Becomes Reality at Inspire Academy

Inspire Academy opened in 2013 against the odds.  Five years earlier, the only public school in the underserved neighborhood in Muncie, Indiana was shut down. 

Committed to bringing opportunity to the community, Principal Leslie Draper submitted a charter application for grades K-5 in 2011 that was approved in 2012.   The school opening was delayed a year because they couldn’t find a building.  But ironically, Leslie and her team in 2013 received approval to open the school in the same building that was closed five years earlier.

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