What is Expeditionary Learning Education


Tollgate Elementary is a growing community school serving a diverse population of learners. We believe in the EL Education model and developing the 3 dimensions of student achievement through: Mastery of Knowledge and Skills, High Quality Student Work, and Habits of Character.

If you would like to learn more about EL Education, check out this Expeditionary Learning information video. Our EL Education ELA curriculum is a rigorous content knowledge based program. Students learn relevant content knowledge in building their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

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What is EL Education?

EL Education Schools (ELS) is a national, non-profit organization that partners with schools to improve student achievement, build student character, enhance instructional practices and foster a positive school culture.

Why is Tollgate working with EL Education Schools?

Expeditionary Learning provides rigorous professional learning for teachers that results in higher achievement gains for all students through:

  • A rigorous and engaging curriculum based on state and national standards.
  • Active, inquiry based learning strategies.
  • A school culture that demands and teaches compassion and good citizenship.
  • Engaging topics and rich learning experiences that result in high quality products and presentations of learning.
  • Tollgate Elementary School was selected to be an EL Education School because of its mission, vision and strong commitment to high achievement for all students.

What new things can I expect for my student as a result of the work with EL Education Schools?

  • Reading, writing and math skills will be strengthened and deepened through real world learning and field experiences.
  • Students will be taking a more active role in setting learning and achievement goals.
  • Teachers will place a greater focus on student reflection and revision.
  • Students will form a deeper connection to the school community and to the world around them.
  • Students will showcase their work through public presentations and performances.

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