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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 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.

Scaling an Ambitious Vision of Student Achievement

On June 18th, Expeditionary Learning President & CEO Scott Hartl participated in the Social Impact Exchange (SIE) conference and introduced EL to a group of funders, philanthropic advisors, and leaders who gathered to share knowledge, learn about co-funding opportunities, and develop a community to help scale top initiatives. He wrote about his experience and the organization's scaling plans on the SIE's blog.  

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Maine Schools Moving to Proficiency-based Diplomas

EL Mentor School Casco Bay High School was ahead of its time nine years ago when it began implementing proficiency-based diplomas that are awarded when students meet set standards in both school subjects and in things like problem solving skills, instead of accumulating a certain number of credits.  Today, school boards across Maine are rewriting their high school diplomas requirements simillar to Casco Bay's.

Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce said, "Colleges have been very open to this system, and I think it may give us an advantage because colleges know our kids have been coming in with excellent preparation. And it gives them a better sense of what our kids can know and do upon graduation."

 Watch or read the story here.

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Greene School Dinner Teaches Importance of Local

The Greene School will host its fourth annual “Locally Grown and Served: 100-mile Radius Dinner” at the Charlestown Community Center on June 13th. The event is the culmination of a weeklong elective course entitled “Culinary Arts Practicum: The Art and Science of Food.”

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Harborside Grads Celebrate Their Journey Together

What can you say about students who came together four years ago as the founding class of Harborside Academy just as they’re about to take to the stage, accept their high school diplomas, stretch their wings and take flight?

If you’re Floyd Williams, Kenosha Unified School District assistant superintendent, you’d reflect on the late Maya Angelou’s rise from oppressed beginnings to national and global renown for her poetry, artistic achievements and her work to free the caged birds among us.

Principal William Haithcock expressed thanks to the Harborside faculty, staff, the 108 members of the school’s fourth graduating class and their parents for taking the journey together that helped Harborside grow “closer as a community.”

“It turns out the walls we learn within don’t define our complete existence ... your teachers and I will never forget you,” Haithcock told the class.

Read the full story here. 

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