EL Education

At a Glance

National Office: 
247 West 35th Street 8th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Scott Hartl
Tax ID: 
06-1576405

Focus area(s):

Teacher & Principal Training
K-12 Reform

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Description

EL Education (EL) is the only organization providing professional capacity building for teachers that is based on curriculum and instructional materials that are practitioner created and are thoughtfully aligned with challenging standards. EL’s tools not only cover the “what” of teaching Common Core; they also address the “how” by going deeper and focusing on the instructional shifts needed to teach the standards effectively.  EL’s core practices create school environments that promote deep engagement in learning and support students to achieve at high levels. Importantly, EL’s proven instructional model combines academic achievement, habits of scholarship and character, and high quality work.  EL collaborates with its national network of 165 schools to develop the curriculum and instructional resources that drive EL’s professional learning support for states, districts and schools. 

Impact and Outcomes

A recent study by Mathematica Policy Research shows statistically significant evidence of EL impact on student achievement. The study finds that middle school students gain an extra 10 months of learning growth in math and 7 months of extra learning growth in reading after three years.

Mission & Goals

Expeditionary Learning's 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.  Expeditionary Learning (EL) offers a comprehensive, evidence-based, and student-centered approach to instruction that is completely aligned with the instructional shifts inherent in the Common Core while also emphasizing character development and high quality work. For more than 20 years, EL has developed and refined a whole school  model that develops the instructional capacity of school leaders and new and veteran teachers based on two core components: 1) active instructional and student-engaged assessment practices that build academic skills and students’ ownership of their learning; and 2) intensive professional development and coaching for teachers and leaders.

The organization has recently developed a new line of business that is specifically designed to assure that teachers are fully prepared to implement the Common Core Standards. EL has become a critical part of the national effort to develop teachers’ capacity to help students reach the higher academic bar set by the successfully integrate Common Core Standards into schools across the country and advance student achievement.   

Program

EL’s Common Core professional services builds on the best instructional practices of the EL whole-school model, honed over 20 years of deep classroom work.  EL’s scalable model for building teacher capacity anchors professional learning for teachers and leaders in its rigorous, Common Core-aligned literacy curriculum, which is open source and already in use in hundreds of schools in multiple states. EL’s model provides a coherent approach that blends:
•    A vision of teaching and learning that is worth working towards
•    Curriculum that provides the content, or the “what” of the Common Core standards
•    Effective models of instructional delivery at a master-practitioner level – the “how” of the Common Core Standards
•    High-quality classroom coaching over a number of years

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE EL MODEL
EL’s new curricula and professional development services require participants to observe and practice proven instructional strategies that support students as they tackle challenging Common Core-aligned work.  Participants receive a blended package of supports including EL’s signature Teacher Toolkits, which connect key instructional and assessment practices to strong Common Core learning. 
•    Common Core aligned curriculum that uses “authentic texts” instead of text books
•    Instructional “master practitioner” books and videos
•    Models of student work generated through lessons from the curriculum 
•    A dedicated professional learning website, which houses EL’s curriculum and associated resources
•    Institutes that deepen teachers’ content knowledge and instructional expertise
•    Several days of on-site coaching and access to on-line professional learning networks

Impact

In a 2013 rigorous, independent research study, Mathematica Policy Research found that the EL model demonstrated statistically significant student results. Translated into “months of learning,” these impacts are equivalent to roughly ten months of additional learning growth in math and seven months of additional learning growth in reading accumulated over three years.

In December 2013, EL was awarded a $12 million federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant that supports the accelerated scaling of EL’s model, with an explicit focus on developing the capacity of novice teachers. As part of this grant, Mathematica will conduct a $4 million impact study on teacher growth and student achievement.

Growth Plan

At the core of the EL’s scaling plan is the broad distribution of a new line of professional learning services that blend rigorous academic content with core EL instructional practices. To do this successfully, EL will: 

  • Promote a new line of professional development built around EL’s Common Core literacy curriculum, and its teacher resources, including, instructional books, an instructional video series, and an online national archive of high quality student work that highlights Common Core standards. 
  • Develop appropriate measures to evaluate the effectiveness of EL’s Common Core focused curriculum and professional development
  • Expand staff capacity to develop curriculum and provide professional development services on a national scale.   
  • Continue to build EL’s profile as a national Common Core leader by contributing to the national research base.
  • Build the business development and communications function, and strengthening organizational infrastructure.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
247 West 35th Street 8th Floor
New York, NY 10001
List of locations

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Locations in the following states:

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Massachusetts

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2013

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$0
Foundation Grants: 
$1,313,000
Government Funding: 
$0
Contributions from Individuals: 
$1,341,318
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$7,600,593
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$2,348,611
Other Revenue: 
$458,791
Total Revenue: 
$13,062,313

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$7,212,064
Occupancy: 
$208,365
Travel & Entertainment: 
$1,193,406
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$23,748
Telephone & Communications: 
$96,835
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$4,424,731
Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$13,159,149

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$-96,836

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2012

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$0
Foundation Grants: 
$1,635,041
Government Funding: 
$0
Contributions from Individuals: 
$455,000
Program Services Fees: 
$6,159,226
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$583,569
Other Revenue: 
$0
Special Events: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$8,832,836

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$6,418,036
Occupancy: 
$213,749
Travel & Entertainment: 
$952,129
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$16,786
Telephone & Communication: 
$90,983
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$2,527,435
Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$10,219,118

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$-1,386,282

Major Funders

U.S. Department of Education

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Hall Family Foundation

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Charles & Helen Schwab Foundation