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King Middle School Named EL Education Mentor School

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King Middle School Named EL Education Mentor School
Posted on 05/05/2016
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King Middle School recently was named a 2016 EL Education Mentor School, an honor given to high-performing EL Education schools that have not only reached the organization's high standards for quality, but also have demonstrated a readiness and willingness to share their expertise with new network schools.

EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) is a leading K-12 nonprofit that is redefining student achievement in diverse communities across the country.

King is one of 12 Mentor Schools that are a subset of the 25 EL Education Credentialed Schools that excel in three dimensions of student achievement powerfully associated with success in college and careers:

Mastery of knowledge and skills: Students demonstrate proficiency and deeper understanding across disciplines, apply their learning, think critically, and communicate clearly.

Character: Students work to develop mindsets and skills for success in college, career and life, treat others well and stand up for what is right, and contribute to a better world by applying their learning to improve their communities.

High-quality work: Students create original and authentic work that demonstrates higher order thinking and craftsmanship.

During the two-year term, King will be partnered with one new EL Education school, regularly connecting in person and through other means to share best practices and provide advice on effective and efficient implementation of the EL Education model.

Through site visits, leadership coaching, teacher collaboration and the ongoing sharing of resources, the schools in this initiative benefit from sustained interaction and a mutual commitment to EL Education’s vision for student achievement.

“Achieving the highest standards within the EL Education network as Credentialed Schools, Mentor Schools provide an important support network for our newest schools as they implement our transformational model with the goal of attaining similarly remarkable results,” said Mark Conrad, EL Education’s chief schools officer.

Both King and Casco Bay High School were named by EL Education as Credentialed Schools this past fall. CBHS, founded in 2005, also is a Mentor School and is recognized as a national leader in project-based and “deeper” learning. King was a low-performing school when it partnered with EL in 1992, but has evolved to a top-performing school today that is considered to be in the forefront of national school reform.

EL Education was created more than 20 years ago through the collaboration of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound. EL Education’s research-based approach challenges and empowers teachers and students. Its success is informed by decades of learning with its national network of over 150 high-achieving public schools.