Welcome to Manor Elementary School – Marin’s first Expeditionary Learning School! We are proud to partner with EL Education, formerly known as Expeditionary Learning. EL Education is an innovative, award-winning teaching approach born 25 years ago out of a collaboration between Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound. Today, there are over 150 EL schools across the US, including 10 schools in California.
Built on a foundation of academic rigor, character development, and joyful and inspiring twenty-first century learning, EL helps schools make those standards come alive for students by creating stimulating, hands-on, project-based learning environments both in and outside the classroom. Designed with an emphasis on teamwork and shared values of respect, responsibility, courage and kindness, the goal of EL is to invigorate learning through a variety of innovative core practices including learning expeditions. Learning Expeditions are long-term, in-depth, research studies focused on a compelling topic that typically seek to solve a real world problem in the school or community. Expeditions culminate in a high-quality product, presentation, or performance that both synthesizes student learning and serves a purpose for others. Examples of models of excellence from other EL schools can be found at EL’s Center for High Quality Work.
Manor is in its first official year of a four-year process toward becoming an EL Credentialed School. In order to become credentialed, a school must show high levels of implementation of the EL Education model in the following areas:
- Student Mastery of Knowledge and Skills
- High Quality Student Work
- Student Character
- Implementation of Expeditionary Learning Core Practices
Although we are just beginning this official journey with EL Education, Manor teachers and staff have already begun implementing some of the core practices and approaches from EL. Much of our work is about aligning and refining what we’ve already been doing over the last few years and looking critically at our work through the lens of the EL framework. We are so excited for the 17-18 school year ahead and look forward to working with you and your family to make your child’s education at Manor extraordinary!
For more information about EL education please see our EL FAQ’s and the official EL website at www.eleducation.org.