Why Expeditionary Learning Is Successful

In EL schools, learning with a purpose helps students develop the academic skills and work ethic that prepare them for college and beyond. In EL schools:

Teaching and Learning Are Active

Students are scientists, urban planners, historians, and agents of social change. With their peers, they investigate existing community problems to develop practical and creative solutions. Read about students at the Springfield Renaissance School—an Expeditionary Learning school in Springfield, Massachusetts—who wrote the Greenprint report, summarizing their findings from energy audits in area public schools.

Teaching and Learning Are Challenging

Students at all levels are inspired and supported to go beyond what they think they can do. Excellence is expected—and achieved—in the quality of their work and thinking.

Teaching and Learning Are Meaningful

Students directly apply their skills and knowledge to real-world issues and make positive contributions to their communities. They see the relevance of their studies and are newly motivated by observing that learning has a purpose.

Teaching and Learning Are Public

Presentations, exhibits, and dynamic feedback sessions teach students to take ownership of and pride in their work, and to build a shared vision of pathways to achievement.

Teaching and Learning Are Collaborative

School leaders, teachers, students, and families share high expectations for quality work, rigorous application, and respectful behavior. Trust, engagement, responsibility, and joy in learning permeate the school culture.