One of EL’s flagship structures is the Learning Expedition. An expedition is an in-depth, interdisciplinary plan of study with lessons making real-world connections. Open-ended, thought provoking guiding questions help guide the learning process. Students reflect on these questions and recognize their deepening understanding of a topic or concept.
Expeditions provide opportunities for students to do authentic work for an authentic audience. This real-world connection provides motivation for students and presents opportunities for service learning. Expeditions draw together personal experiences and intellectual growth to promote self-discovery and construct knowledge.
Special areas (Spanish, Art, Music, and Physical Education) are authentically integrated into expeditions. Students demonstrate their learning in final products, which are presented to a real-world audience when possible. Oakhurst’s EL Showcase/Celebration of Learning Night offers families a chance to be guided through the learning process leading up to the final product.