What is EL Education? | Qué es EL Education?
CREW | Crew is both a community structure and a pervasive ethos. Crews are small, adult-led groups of students that meet everyday. They are “families” within the school that foster character growth and healthy relationships. Equally important is the spirit of “crew,” a pervasive mindset of collaboration and communality: “We are crew, not passengers.”
Learning Expeditions | Expeditions are long-term studies that connect classroom learning to real-world issues. Instead of studying chemistry from a textbook, students in our schools work with experts and community groups to study the health of the water in our local river, then produce and present a report about their findings that educates the public. Through learning expeditions, students encounter meaningful issues, conduct real fieldwork, grapple with large questions, produce authentic work for an audience beyond the school, and use their learning to impact the world.
High Quality Work | High Quality Work, like student-created postcards and a website detailing the history of our local church & neighborhood, is the result of dedicated effort and deep learning. Through the creation of high-quality work, students learn to use their hands and heart, not only their heads, to create excellent work that is worthy of genuine pride and celebration. This kind of work arises from and gives rise to a culture of craftsmanship, revision, & perseverance.
Adventures in Nature | Adventures and Excursions – a core tenet of Outward Bound, the organization that gave rise to EL Education – take students out of their comfort zones and immerse them in the beauty and immensity of the natural world. Through adventures into nature, wonder and curiosity are born in students, and strong relationships and communal bonds are forged. Students learn to confront their fears, be present, help one another, and marvel at the beauty of creation.
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