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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.

2015 National Conference Keynote: Dr. Camille A. Farrington

Academic mindsets – the attitudes or beliefs students have in relation to academic work – is a critical component of the Deeper Learning framework that is aimed at providing U.S. students the competencies, skills and knowledge they will need to meet the quickly evolving demands of life, work, and global citizenship in the 21st century. 

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Congratulations to Sharon Newman, Expeditionary Learning's Brooks Thomas Exemplary Service Award Recipient

"No one embodies the spirit of Crew more than Sharon. When we’re in the rapids, Sharon’s paddle is always in the water—and she’s smiling, digging deep, joyfully caught up in the ride, confirming directions loud enough for the rest of us to hear."

The Expeditionary Learning family would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Sharon Newman, EL's Director of Field Staff Development and recent recipient of the Brooks Thomas Exemplary Service Award. 

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Springfield Renaissance Students and Principal Celebrated at This Year's Graduation Ceremony

EL Mentor School The Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, MA had a lot to celebrate at their 2015 graduation ceremony. In addition to the glowing graduates that crossed the stage at Symphony Hall, Principal Steven Mahoney was also honored. 

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Alexis Margolin to Participate in REALITY Pro Program


Alexis Margolin, Expeditionary Learning's Digital Communications Manager, this month will participate in a unique leadership program designed for professionals in the education reform movement. REALITY Pro provides a week-long journey in June across Israel to help build participants’ understanding of their own unique leadership, reflect on the role of their identity in their work, recharge their conviction about justice and opportunity, and consider how they will contribute to the movement to address educational inequity in the US – and beyond.

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Expeditionary Learning Partner School Teacher Named Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year

DETROIT, June 10, 2015 -- A second grade teacher at Detroit Achievement Academy, an Expeditionary Learning (EL) partner school, has been named the 2015 Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year. Jennifer McMillan, a Detroit native, was chosen from the more than 10,000 charter school teachers in Michigan, which has 145,000 students enrolled in 303 charter schools. McMillan is the fifth teacher within the EL network who has received a state teacher of the year honor in the last two years.

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Polaris Expeditionary Learning School Teacher Dr. Matt Strand and Students Profiled in Reef Preservation Expedition

This week, Fund For Teachers Fellow and teacher at Colorado's Polaris Expeditionary Learning School Dr. Matt Strand, journeyed to the Florida Keys along with a group of 7th-10th graders for a hands-on lesson in coral reef conservation.

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Downtown Denver Expeditionary School Students Create Buzz On Bee Population

After a year-long expedition studying insects, kindergarteners at Downtown Denver Expeditionary School have become passionate defenders of their community's declining honeybee population. 

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Participation Penalizes Quiet Learners: Making the Case for Standards-Based Grading to Support All Students

This week, Class Participation Penalizes Quiet Learners, a piece co-authored by Meg Riordan, Project Director for EL's Teacher Potential Project, and Emily J. Klein, Associate Professor at Montclair State University is featured on Susan Cain's brand new blog, Quiet Revolution.

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Denver Adopts Expeditionary Learning Curriculum for 2015-16 School Year

DENVER – June 1, 2015 – The fastest growing urban school district in the country – Denver Public Schools (DPS) – has selected Expeditionary Learning (EL) to provide the curriculum for grades 4-8 in the coming academic year. DPS will use EL’s English Language Arts curriculum for approximately 18,000 students, covering all of Denver’s 6th-8th graders and the majority of the city’s 4th and 5th graders. In addition, Expeditionary Learning will provide professional development for more than 600 teachers and administrators in the district, beginning this summer.

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