What is EL Learning?

As we implement EL Learning (formerly Expeditionary Learning) at Escalante, we believe that learning is active, challenging, meaningful, public, and collaborative. The EL model for teaching and learning challenges students to think critically and take active roles in classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater engagement in school. The motto “we are crew, not passengers” guides us as we focus to build cultures of respect, responsibility, courage, and kindness - where students and staff are committed to quality work and citizenship. Our highly qualified staff is trained to tailor instruction to help a diverse range of learners. We meet students’ individual learning needs by adjusting instruction to address specific learning styles, abilities, strengths, and needs.


At Escalante we structure student learning to be purposeful so that our students are highly engaged and motivated to master academic content. We are committed to providing the training and resources to ensure that there is a great teacher in every classroom.  To meet the high expectations that all EL students are held to, Escalante students learn inquiry skills, research skills, and habits of scholarship that motivate them to achieve and persist in work until it is of high quality. As a school, we continually strive to create a positive culture that is safe and respectful where students and educators are responsible, kind, and courageous. Escalante is committed to an inclusive learning environment where all students receive specialized instruction and academic support within the general education classroom.


With EL Learning at our school:

Learning is active. Students are scientists, urban planners, historians, and activists. They investigate real community problems and collaborate with peers to develop creative, actionable solutions.


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 thinking.


Learning is meaningful. Students apply their skills and knowledge to real-world issues 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 public. Through formal structures of presentation, exhibition, critique, and data analysis, students and teachers build a shared vision of pathways to achievement.


Learning is collaborative. School leaders, teachers, students, and families share rigorous expectations for quality work, achievement, and behavior. Trust, respect, responsibility, and joy in learning permeate the school culture.