Learning expeditions make content standards come alive for students. These long-term, in depth studies offer real-world connections that inspire students toward higher levels of of academic achievement. Learning expeditions involve students in original research, critical thinking, and problem solving, and they build character along with academic skills.

Learning expeditions take multiple, powerful elements of the EL model and join them together: guiding questions, kickoff experiences, case studies, projects, lessons, fieldwork, experts, service learning, and a culminating event featuring high-quality student work.

At McAuliffe, culminating events are held twice a year and feature our students showcasing their learning to their families, faculty, and the community at large. Below are some examples of the type of high-quality work that McAuliffe students have produced during learning expeditions.

Space Magazine - In this expedition, scholars tried to discover if Earth is the only planet that sustains life. They studied the hunt for water on Mars and Europa, and interviewed experts in astronomy. Throughout the unit, students dug deep into the genre of the scientific feature article and working in teams they wrote scientific articles that were published in a compilation magazine.

If The Shoe Fits Website - In this expedition, scholars deeply considered what it means to be an informed consumer. They learned about globalization through studying why companies outsource, what factors influence price , and how many countries are involved in the making of our shoes. Scholars then analyzed the standard of living of the people who make our shoes. Along the way, they used a rubric to give companies a score for how comprehensive their corporate social responsibility program is, based on authentic research.