Welcome!

Eclipse Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, David H Deans, JP Morgenthal

News Feed Item

Expeditionary Learning's Open-Source Curriculum Hits 2 Million Downloads

Highest-Rated Common Core Curriculum, Designed for New York, Gains National Influence

NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A top-rated curriculum now in use in more than 1,000 New York State public schools has reached a significant national milestone: 2,011,268 downloads in less than two years. Expeditionary Learning – an education leader with two decades of success transforming classrooms in order to achieve deeper student learning and performance – created its Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum for New York State, but the free, open-source modules have taken off nationwide.

"Hitting this milestone shows that teachers everywhere are responding to what our open-source curriculum has to offer," says Scott Hartl, President and CEO of Expeditionary Learning. "Teachers want to truly engage their students in meaningful, quality work that is tied to rigorous standards and character development – the heart of Expeditionary Learning's mission. This curriculum was written by teachers for teachers, bringing them back to the reasons they went into teaching in the first place. We are committed to bringing this curriculum to teachers and students across the country for free – under a Creative Commons license."

Scaling to reach teacher and student need nationally

"We drew the best practices from our network of 160 district and charter schools to create this curriculum, as well as practical teacher resources and professional services that all schools and teachers can use," says Mr. Hartl. A non-profit organization, founded 20 years ago as a joint venture between Outward Bound and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Expeditionary Learning partners with district and charter schools in 33 states, as well as with districts and states around the country seeking strong learning and curriculum solutions to meet the Common Core.

"The impact of our work in and beyond New York State demonstrates the thirst educators nationally have for setting a higher bar for student achievement – one that unites academic performance, character, and high-quality student work to build the skills students need to succeed in college, in career, and in life."

Highest ratings from state and independent reviewers

New York City, the state of Connecticut, and EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) – a collaboration of education leaders from Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island – have all given top marks to Expeditionary Learning's teaching modules within its Grades 3-8 ELA curriculum. EQuIP and Connecticut have granted Expeditionary Learning units the highest "exemplar" rating, and the NYC Department of Education recognized Expeditionary Learning as among "the highest-quality Common Core-aligned curriculum materials currently available."

In addition to its high curriculum grades, Expeditionary Learning has received high ratings for its "whole school" model: Mathematica Policy Research found statistically significant positive impacts in both reading and math among Expeditionary Learning middle-school students, with students in New York and Washington, D.C. performing months ahead of their public-school peers.

Expeditionary Learning's curriculum modules are free to download and available on New York State's EngageNY website (http://www.engageny.org/english-language-arts) and Expeditionary Learning's website (www.commoncoresuccess.elschools.org).  

For more information about Expeditionary Learning, or to speak with Mr. Hartl, please contact Davia Temin or Suzanne Oaks Brownstein at [email protected] or 212-588-8788.

About Expeditionary Learning
Expeditionary Learning (EL) is a leading K-12 education organization dedicated to raising expectations and outcomes for students, teachers and schools. The EL model challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and engagement. Through its open-source curriculum, teacher-created resources, and professional development, EL works with new and veteran teachers in all school settings, helping them achieve their highest aspirations and strive for a vision of student success that joins academic achievement, character, and high quality work. EL partners with more than 160 district and charter schools and 4,000 teachers serving 53,000 students in 33 states and thousands of other teachers through its professional services work in New York and other states.   

SOURCE Expeditionary Learning

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
Early Bird Registration Discount Expires on August 31, 2018 Conference Registration Link ▸ HERE. Pick from all 200 sessions in all 10 tracks, plus 22 Keynotes & General Sessions! Lunch is served two days. EXPIRES AUGUST 31, 2018. Ticket prices: ($1,295-Aug 31) ($1,495-Oct 31) ($1,995-Nov 12) ($2,500-Walk-in)
According to Forrester Research, every business will become either a digital predator or digital prey by 2020. To avoid demise, organizations must rapidly create new sources of value in their end-to-end customer experiences. True digital predators also must break down information and process silos and extend digital transformation initiatives to empower employees with the digital resources needed to win, serve, and retain customers.
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by ...