EL Education is an approach to learning that combines rigorous academic content and real world projects, called "learning expeditions" with character development and community service. Teachers at EL Education schools receive intensive professional development in curriculum and teaching practices and are able to model ongoing learning to their students. The Gates Foundation has chosen EL Education as a model example of education and has funded the opening of more than 100 EL schools.
EL Education schools create a culture of respect and high expectations for staff and students alike. One of the hallmarks of the EL Education model is an emphasis on high quality student work that inspires craftsmanship and deeper learning. Building a culture of reflection, critique and revision leads students to create better work. This work is created in conjunction with learning expeditions, which are in-depth, interdisciplinary learning units which require students to engage in sophisticated research, use the community in authentic ways, and represent their knowledge with high quality products which are presented to authentic audiences. The energy and sustained creativity of the staff is what helps make an EL Education school successful.
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Develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills as essential elements of the deep learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond. EL Education schools work on developing the character -- as well as the intellect - of students. EL Education affects not only how students learn but also a school's culture.
EL Education supports our school standards, curriculum, assessment, and school organization and provides professional development for our teachers. At a successful EL Education school, teachers, parents, staff, and students work together to create a school culture of collaboration, respect, and high expectations.
Learning expeditions draw together personal experience and intellectual discovery to promote self discovery and the construction of knowledge. We believe that adults should guide students along this journey with care, compassion, and respect for their diverse learning styles, backgrounds, and needs. Addressing individual differences greatly increases the potential for learning and creativity of each student.
EL Education harnesses the natural passion to learn and is a powerful method for developing the curiosity, skills, knowledge and courage needed to imagine a better world and work toward realizing it.
For more information about EL Education, check out the website: http://eleducation.org/