Newsletter #5

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Welcome to our community.


One of the primary goals of our newsletters is to provide a deeper understanding of the elements and processes of the learning environment we are going to create for students.  This week’s newsletter focuses on 2 parts of our school model:  

1.  Personalized Learning as it relates to the part of our school day that we call Essential Skills.

2.  How social emotional learning is integrated into what we call Campfire.

Upcoming Events

If you have not yet reserved your free tickets for our Open House event or perhaps you missed our first Open House, please join us!  
On Saturday, February 24th, we will be hosting our 2nd Open House event for prospective families. We look forward to giving you a glimpse into the Expedition Academy Santa Cruz experience.

Most Likely to Succeed

We are hosting a screening of Most Likely to Succeed at our Studio on February 28th. This is a great film for parents who want to learn more about the changing landscape of education.

Join us for a Screening and Q&A!

General News

Applications are now Open!

Come to our Open House to experience a day in the life at Expedition Academy Santa Cruz. Email us your questions or arrange a time to visit us in person to learn more about program.

We will have open applications until all spots are filled.

Visit our website for details.

Stay Informed

Campfire is a daily element of Expedition Academy Santa Cruz, a time during which we join together in a circle and relate to each other as human beings. One of the main goals of Campfire is to help students develop the core competencies of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The elements of SEL can be described in multiple ways and there are a variety of approaches used to teach these skills.


Personalized Learning Playbook
by: Anthony Kim

At Expedition Academy Santa Cruz our Essential Skills time is the personalized learning segment of a student's day. Having personal learning goals, pacing one's self in achieving those goals and learning how to learn are not the skills normally taught in traditional school models. This book is a fantastic reference for learning more about the process or guiding your own personal learning experience.

How student-centered learning is delivering on its promises
by: Nicole Krueger

Many people wonder how Personalized Learning engages and challenges students. If students are allowed their own choices in the learning process, how will they drive themselves to continuous improvement? This article dives into examples from a Bay Area charter high school focused on student-centered, project-based learning models.

Read the article

SEL as the Foundation for School Community

Referenced in our blog related to Campfire and Social Emotional Learning, Valor Collegiate Academy has integrated weekly circle into their school experience.
Valor Collegiate: Weekly Circles for Social Emotional Learning
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~ The Expedition Academy Santa Cruz Team!