When students and teachers are engaged in work that is challenging, adventurous and meaningful, learning and achievement flourish. Our mission is to create classrooms where teachers can fulfill their highest aspirations, and students achieve more than they think possible, becoming active contributors to building a better world.
When students have completed their academic career and entered adult life, they’ll be judged not by performance on basic skills tests—but rather, by the quality of their work and the quality of their character. This premise serves as the foundation for EL Education’s overarching vision of increasing student engagement and elevating and expanding student achievement. To realize that vision, we focus on student excellence in three core areas:
Demonstrate proficiency and deeper understanding: show mastery in a body of knowledge and skills within each discipline
Apply their learning: transfer knowledge and skills to novel, meaningful tasks
Think critically: analyze, evaluate, and synthesize complex ideas and consider multiple perspectives
Communicate clearly: write, speak, and present ideas effectively in a variety of media within and across disciplines
Work to become effective learners: develop the mindsets and skills for success in college, career, and life (e.g., initiative, responsibility, perseverance, collaboration)
Work to become ethical people: treat others well and stand up for what is right (e.g., empathy, integrity, respect, compassion)
Contribute to a better world: put their learning to use to improve communities (e.g., citizenship, service)
Create complex work: demonstrate higher-order thinking, multiple perspectives and transfer of understanding
Demonstrate craftsmanship: create work that is accurate and beautiful in conception and execution
Create authentic work: demonstrate original thinking and voice, connect to real-world issues and formats, and when possible, create work that is meaningful to the community beyond the school
To deliver on our vision of student engagement and achievement, we’re proud to partner with schools both within and beyond the EL Education network, and to provide educational resources for teachers nationwide. Districts, schools, and teachers that have implemented all or part of our comprehensive model have shown impressive growth and remarkable results across all key dimensions of student achievement.