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Calculicious- Illuminating Standards Video

A short film about 12th graders translating mathematics into art, celebrating the beauty of both fields. 


Eye of the Storm
The Eye of the Storm Learning Expedition: Illuminating Standards Video

The class of 2015 at Casco Bay High School for Expeditionary Learning in Portland, ME focused their junior year’s work on climate change. In the fall, they studied both the chemistry and the policy.


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Inspiring Excellence Video Series
Inspiring Excellence Video Series

Visit a remarkable classroom of high-quality work.
See the "Austin's Butterfly" effect in action.
Learn how to support excellence.


Food For Thought
Food for Thought: Illuminating Standards Video

Why does learning in schools so rarely change the way students live their lives? Why does school seem to be so disconnected from the way the world really works? What if a science project could make this different?


Iconic- Illuminating Standards Video

Short film about student authors publishing a beautiful book that includes thoughtful essays on their heroes and heroines alongside self-portraits.  


Knowledge and Skills, Character, High-Quality Work

Dimensions of Student Achievement

El Education pursues an expanded, three-dimensional view of student achievement including mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality work.


Part 2 of Inspiring Excellence: Building Motivation and Skills through Whole-Class Research

Second graders engage in exciting whole-class research, developing the skills to work independently. 


Economics Illustrated
Economics Illustrated: Illuminating Standards Video

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