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Westchester Credentialed by EL Education Network

Recognized for Mastery in Academics, Character, and High Quality Work

Decatur, GA – October 29, 2018 – Westchester Elementary has been named by the national school network EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning)  as one of seven newly credentialed schools in the U.S. The EL Education Credential recognizes the attainment of mastery in academics, character, and high quality work through a rigorous multi-step, multi-year process. Thirty-six of the more than 150 schools in the organization’s network have attained the EL Education Credential.


“The EL Education Credential marks a milestone on each school’s journey to put character and quality work on equal footing with the mastery of knowledge and skills. The recognition represents a multi-year focus on the three dimensions of student achievement and is proof that there doesn't have to be a trade-off between challenge and joy in teaching and learning,” said Mark Conrad, Chief Schools Officer at EL Education.


“The Westchester staff, students, and families have worked so hard for this recognition.  The minute we re-opened our doors in August 2014, we have been working hard to create a culture of collaboration and perseverance.”  said Rochelle Lofstrand, Principal.

Westchester Elementary and the six other EL Education Credentialed Schools will be recognized at EL Education’s National Conference, a gathering of more than 1,000 educators in Philadelphia from November 9th to 11th, 2018.


Redefining how performance is measured in K-12 education, EL Education in 2014 began recognizing schools that demonstrated high levels of implementation and achievement with a credential. EL Education defines achievement as mastery in three areas, all of which are powerfully associated with success in college and career:


  • Mastery of Knowledge and Skills. Students show evidence of proficiency and deep understanding of a subject, critical thinking, the ability to communicate clearly, and application of their learning. Performance on state assessments over a period of several years is one measure.
  • Character. EL Education schools establish consistent school-wide “Habits of Scholarship” (such as perseverance and responsibility), which are then tracked by students and teachers to provide evidence of growth over time.
  • High-Quality Student Work. Schools present evidence showing the quality, depth, and authenticity of student work during the school’s multi-year partnership with EL Education.


About EL Education

EL Education is a leading K-12 nonprofit helping to build great schools in diverse communities across America.  For over 25 years, EL Education has been bringing to life a three-dimensional vision of student achievement that includes mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality student work. EL Education promotes active classrooms that are alive with discovery, problem-solving, challenge, and collaboration. EL Education drives results: teachers fulfill their highest aspirations and students achieve more than they think possible. EL Education students have both the capacity and the passion to build to a better, more just world.


EL Education’s expert educators work with public schools—both district and charter—across 35 states, serving over 200,000 students and 16,000 teachers in our school network and literacy partnerships. Rigorous impact studies by Mathematica Policy Research demonstrate that EL Education’s approach works: teachers significantly improve their craft and students achieve more,  regardless of background.

EL Education was founded in 1992 by the Harvard Graduate School of Education in collaboration with Outward Bound USA based on the belief that learning and achievement flourish when teachers and students are engaged in work that is challenging, adventurous, and meaningful.

Media Contacts:


Rochelle Lofstrand, Principal

Westchester Elementary School

758 Scott Blvd.

Decatur, GA  30030



April Hattori

EL Education

(646) 517-6911