Extended learning opportunities (ELOs)—sometimes called learning pathwaysmultiple pathways, or personalized pathways, among other terms—are fast becoming a way for secondary schools to give students opportunities to pursue their passions by engaging in meaningful learning experiences that stretch beyond the traditional classroom and school day. ELOs can foster real-world, community-wide connections with in-school academic programs, while encouraging students to explore their personal interests and career ambitions. ELOs also give schools a way to award academic credit for learning experiences that occur outside of the traditional program of studies.

In this webinar, we will discuss a selection of schools from across New England that are offering different types of extended learning opportunities. The presenters will also share the characteristics and benefits of effective ELOs, as well as some common pitfalls that schools can prepare for.

Suggested reading from our Glossary of Education Reform includes a great overview of learning pathways and how they work in schools.


Jon Ingram, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
Craig Kesselheim , Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
Sheila Ward, M.Ed., ELO Coordinator, Pittsfield School District, NH |  603-435-6701 X1117

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST

→ Watch the Webinar (streaming video)
Presentation Slides (PDF)
→ Pittsfield Middle High School ELO Website
→ Pittsfield Middle High School Profile (PDF)
ELO Coordinator Job Description – Pittsfield Middle High School (PDF)
Federal Department of Labor (School to Work)
New Hampshire Department of Labor
New Hampshire Department of Education | ELOs
Beyond the Classroom

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