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Sierra Expeditionary Learning School receives national honor

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Sierra Expeditionary Learning School is known for character development, service learning, and project-based expeditions that apply real-world knowledge.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sierra Expeditionary Learning School was recognized among peers at the EL Education National Conference in San Diego in October for attaining "credentialed" status within the network.

Of 152 EL Education schools across the country, SELS is among 23 to have this distinction.

Redefining how performance is measured in K-12 education, EL Education (formerly known as Expeditionary Learning) launched a new benchmarking process for network schools.

Through a rigorous process, EL Education schools that demonstrate mastery in three areas — Student Mastery of Knowledge and Skills, Student Character, and High-Quality Student Work — become credentialed.

"The credentialing process gave us a platform to tell our story as a 5 year, high achieving program," said David Manahan, SELS director. "We feel honored and privileged to be recognized in the same category as other recipients and we have worked very hard to get here."

Several staff members and students were on site during the national conference to lead Master Classes on the SELS TEDx program and student leadership. Alongside their teacher, students spoke at these workshops, sharing techniques and demonstrating how-to's from their school day.

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"We strive to educate the whole child at SELS and this experience touched on many facets of character and educational growth," said Reenie McMains, sixth-grade crew leader. "It was incredible to see our students present classroom successes on a national stage and articulate how their school days are structured."

Manahan was also recognized among nine School Directors as a Silverberg Leadership Award finalist, where administrators are praised for their accomplishment in developing and implementing a high achieving EL Education program.

Visit eleducation.org to learn more about EL Education.

This article was submitted by the Truckee-based Sierra Expeditionary Learning School, a K-8 public charter within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District located at 11603 Donner Pass Road. Visit truckeecharterschool.org to learn more.