What is an ELO?
Extended Learning Opportunities, or ELOs, are credit-bearing learning experiences that happen outside of the traditional classroom. They provide limitless options to deeply explore fields of study and career paths that students are passionate about, including those that may not be available through their school curriculum, and may even provide an alternative pathway to fulfilling graduation requirements.
What do ELOs look like?
Key Considerations in Building an Effective ELO Program
Creating a high quality ELO program will improve student outcomes and develop a richer community relationship with the school system. The most effective ELO programs are those in which students, school faculty, and community and business leaders are all engaged, and include features that are mentioned in the video below:
When building an ELO program, active leadership is a key element in success. Research shows schools with an ELO coordinator and active community partner relationships have significantly more student participation. Advocates for robust school-facilitated ELO programs are advocates for student learning.
Students describe their ELO experiences
Hear what students and ELO Coordinators have to say in response to the following questions:
- Do ELOs help students stay in school?
- Do ELOs work for students in Special Education?
- What do ELO coordinators do?
- How does the ELO network work?
- How do you determine how much credit towards graduation will be given for an experience?