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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.

Batavia Middle School Joins the Teacher Potential Project

Earlier this week, it was announced that Batavia Middle School of Buffalo, NY's Batavia City School District is participating in Expeditionary Learning's Teacher Potential Project. 

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No Longer the Strange Girl - A Springfield Renaissance School Graduate Shares Her Story

Springfield Renaissance School 2015 graduate Ashley N. Morales-Garcia shares her story of challenge, perseverance, and personal success on Education Week's Learning Deeply blog.

Read about Ashley's journey from being new to a school, a country, and a language to speaking at her high school graduation and blazing a trail to academic achievement, peer leadership, and college acceptance.

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EL Receives Highest Social and Emotional Learning Competency Rating

Earlier this month, EL received important recognition of the social and emotional learning competencies in its secondary school model. EL was one of only nine organizations out of 380 that received the highest “SELect” rating by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) in the "2015 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Middle and High School Edition." See the report on EL here. 

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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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