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Extended Learning Opportunities - Mastery-Based Learning


Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) are an integral part of Mastery-Based Learning. In a Mastery-Based environment instruction is fundamentally designed around the learner and learning pathways are flexible to meet students' needs while leveraging their interests. ELOs are rigorous learning opportunities and allow students alternative ways to demonstrate mastery outside of the traditional classroom. ELOs ensure that learning is not constrained by time and place and can move beyond the traditional four walls of the schoolhouse. ELOs may include: 

  • Independent study 
  • Dual-concurrent experiences 
  • Senior Demonstration Projects 
  • Internships 
  • Community service 
  • Apprenticeships 
  • Online courses

Explore ELOs further with this handout.


What are Extended Learning Opportunities?

October 31, 2017

In response to the need for engaging, relevant, and equitable approaches to teaching and learning, schools are finding ways to support and formally recognize student learning that transpires anywhere and at any time.

Briefing #18

I Want to Know More

Source: Leadership in Action. A Briefing Series For New England’s Educational Leaders