Campbell Elementary School is part of a national network of schools which have adopted the Expeditionary Learning instructional model. These schools provide rigorous and stimulating learning environments that challenge students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities.
Expeditionary Learning (EL) schools are characterized by:
- Active instructional practices that build academic skills and student motivation
- Learning is active. Students are scientists, urban planners, historians, and activists investigating real community problems and collaborating with peers to develop creative, actionable solutions.
- Learning is public. Through formal structures of presentation, exhibition, critique, and data analysis, students and teachers build a shared vision of pathways to achievement.
- Learning is meaningful. Students apply their skills and knowledge to real world issues and problems and make positive change in their communities. They see the relevance of their learning and are motivated by understanding that learning has purpose.
- Learning is challenging. Students at all levels are pushed and supported to do more than they think they can. Excellence is expected in the quality of their work and their thinking.
- Learning is collaborative. School leaders, teachers, students, and families share rigorous expectations for quality work, achievement, and behavior.
- Rigorous projects that meet state standards and are connected to real-world needs
- School cultures of kindness, respect, responsibility, and joy in learning
- Shared leadership for school improvement
- School-wide commitment to improved teaching and leadership practice
For more information about the nationwide network of EL Schools, go to www.eleducation.org