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EL Education


 “This kind of innovative school… is an example of how all our schools should be."

President Barak Obama at EL school Capital City Public Charter in Washington, D.C.

What is EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning)?

EL Education provides a style of teaching and an approach to the curriculum that attempts to better engage students  in their own education.  Rather than students sitting at a desk all  day, listening to the teacher, it leverages the work conducted by Outward Bound and Harvard Educational researchers to engage students in a more active style of learning.

At its core, EL Education is based upon ten guiding principles.  



 Ten Principles of EL Education

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The responsibility for learning The having of wonderful ideas  The primacy of self discovery
Collaboration and competition  Success and failure Diversity and inclusion
Empathy and caring  The natural world  Solitude and reflection
  Service and compassion  



What are Expeditions?


This is what EL Education has to say about Expeditions:

"Learning is an expedition into the unknown. Expeditions draw together personal experience and intellectual growth to promote self-discovery and construct 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 profoundly increases the potential for learning and creativity of each student.

Given fundamental levels of health, safety, and love, all people can and want to learn. We believe expeditions harness the natural passion to learn and are a powerful curricular structure for developing the curiosity, skills, knowledge, and courage needed to imagine a better world and work toward realizing it."



To see a list of each Expedition by grade, click here




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