EL Education’s approach to curriculum makes subjects come alive for students by connecting learning to real-world issues and needs. The EL model provides academically rigorous learning expeditions, case studies, projects, fieldwork, and service learning projects to children of all backgrounds and ability levels. It inspires students to think and work as professionals do, contributing high-quality work that would be appreciated beyond the classroom. Students explore subjects through working on in-depth meaningful projects inside and outside the classroom. These projects are carefully planned “learning expeditions” encompassing the Colorado State Academic Standards and the Common Core Standards for each grade level.
DDES will enable children to be architects of lives that transcend the ordinary in the following ways:
1. Ensure students are at or above grade level in academic skills and understanding of core subject content.
2. Design learning expeditions that include: challenging questions; case studies, projects and products; fieldwork and service learning; and teaching skills and instilling knowledge that are relevant and beneficial in an expanding and changing world.
3. Effective lessons aligned with state standards that include: differentiated instruction; culturally competent instructional techniques; reading and writing lessons conducted in all subjects; mathematics, science, social studies and the arts; fitness and healthy living.
4. Building a community of learning about core subjects and individual student interest, and where all students are known, appreciated and the development of a healthy character is truly valued.