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1DearMembersTheHuntingtonMuseumofArtisveryproudtobeapartofthenewExpeditionaryLearningELschoolwhichwillopeninCabellCountyinthe2016schoolyear.SuperintendentBillSmithcontactedHMAtoinvolveusfromthebeginningintheplanningprocessastheartsplayavitalroleintheconceptofExpedition-aryLearning.TheschoolwillcombinePeytonandGenevaKentelementaryschoolsintheoldBeverlyHillsschoolwhichisbeingredesignedasanELschool.ELhasitsrootsinOutwardBoundandtheHarvardGraduateSchoolofEducation.Itwaschosenasoneof11proposalsoutof600submittedundertheAmerica2000educationinitiativein1992duringtheBushadministration.Thisinitiativewasbeguntohelppromoteandfundthedisseminationofradicalschoolre-formmodelsthroughoutthecountry.Originallymadeupofjust10schoolsthesuccessofthismodelhasengenderedsubstantialgrowthuntiltherearenow165schoolsparticipatingin31statesandtheyareoverseenbyanationalnonprofitorganization.AsthewordexpeditionaryimpliesELsapproachtocurriculalinksreal-worldissueswithchallengingproject-basedlearning.Stu-dentsmustinvestigateandsolvesociallyrelevantproblemsandeffectmeaningfulchangeincommunitiesoutsidetheirclass-rooms.ELintegratesallsubjectsinthelearningprocessratherthanseparatingthemforinstruction.ELalsoprovidesmanyop-portunitiesforteamworkamongstudentsandunusuallyalsoamongteachersofvaryingdisciplineswhoworkcollaborativelyonprojects.EarlystudiesontheELlearningmethodshowincreasedacademicachievementbutalsotheseschoolsshowimprovedattendanceteacherretentionandadropindisciplinaryproblems.PartoftheELprocessisdevelopingrespectandresponsibilityineachstudentandtheimportanceofqualityteamwork.Itenhancescriticalthinkingcreativityandproblem-solvingskillsandtiesstronglyintotheArtSpiritphilosophythatguidesourMuseum.WearesoproudHMAisastrongpartnerinthedevelopmentofthenewELschool.Infactitislikeadreamcometrue.SincerelyMargaretMaryLayneExecutiveDirectorHMALetterfromtheExecutiveDirectorCabellCountySchoolsSuperintendentandHMABoardofTrusteesMemberBillSmithtalkstoHMAsBoardofTrusteesaboutExpeditionaryLearningattheJanuary2014meeting.Wearenotleadingpeopletoart.Ratherwearebearingwitnesstothecreativitythatlieswithineachofus.Unknown