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CBHS Renews EL Education Credential

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CBHS Renews EL Education Credential
Posted on 08/02/2021
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After a “fabulous” presentation to national school network EL Education evaluators earlier in July, Casco Bay High School (CBHS) has successfully renewed its EL Education Credential for another five years.

EL Education supports an expanded definition of student achievement that combines student character and high-quality work with mastery of knowledge and skills. The EL Education Credential recognizes schools that demonstrate remarkable results with all students in each of these areas through a deep implementation of the EL Education school model. The 43 Credentialed schools in the EL Education network nationwide serve as models to inspire others.

CBHS, which was founded in 2005, first became an EL Education Credentialed school in 2015.

"Congratulations to Casco Bay High School for this impressive achievement,” said Superintendent Xavier Botana. “It’s a tribute to the incredible people – the administrators, faculty and staff – who make Casco the special place it is.”

“We are proud to be re-credentialed by El Education after sharing a portfolio of our work and growth over the last five years in relation to equity and EL's three domains of student achievement: mastery of skills & knowledge, high quality work and character,” said CBHS Principal Derek Pierce.

In a letter to CBHS announcing the credentialing renewal, Peter Sherman, EL Education’s Senior Director, Quality and Impact, said, “We are thrilled and honored to have Casco Bay High School as an ongoing Credentialed member of our EL Education community.”

Sherman described CBHS’ presentation at its July 7 credentialing renewal conference as “fabulous, inspiring, and informative.” Present at the conference were the CBHS team, which included Pierce, CBHS students and teachers and district leadership; three school leaders from other schools in the EL Education network; and Sherman and other EL Education representatives.

“We had an enlightening and thoughtful conversation, balanced by what you have accomplished and learned, as well as where you are going in the future,” Sherman wrote. “I was particularly impressed with the level of student agency and leadership, the importance of relevance in your curriculum and learning expeditions, and the balance of structure and improvisation - all discussed during the presentation.”

He added, “We look forward to your renewal again in 2026.”

EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) is a leading K-12 national nonprofit focused on raising student achievement across diverse schools and communities. Combining challenging work with the joy of discovery and pride in mastery, EL Education prepares students to become contributing citizens with both the skills and character necessary for success throughout college, work and life.

The Portland Public Schools is Maine’s largest school district, with 6,500 students, and is also the most diverse. About one-third of the district’s students come from homes where languages other than English are spoken—a total of more than 60 languages. 52 percent of the district’s students are white and 48 percent are students of color. Approximately half of PPS students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.