Welcome to ELO, Beyond Classroom

What is an ELO?

An Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) is a credit-bearing learning experience that takes place outside the traditional classroom.

ELOs are:

  • driven by a student’s authentic interests
  • flexible in time and place
  • a school and community collaboration
  • credit bearing

New Hampshire ELO Network

The New Hampshire Extended Learning Opportunity Network (ELON) is a collaborative of ELO Coordinators, teachers and other educators. The network is interested in advancing the implementation of ELOs throughout the state. All are welcome to attend the monthly meetings. For information, contact Kerrie Alley-Violette or Dawn Breault.

2020 ELO Coordinator of the Year

The 2020 ELO Coordinator of the Year is Dawn Breault Ed.D, C.R.C. Dawn is the ELO Coordinator, School Counselor and Transition Coordinator at Hollis Brookline High School. Decided in March, this award recognizes an educator who strives to provide a diverse population of students with personalized, innovative learning opportunities. Dawn’s outstanding leadership within the school and surrounding communities optimizes extended learning opportunities, and the relationships she cultivates at her school are paramount to the success of her students.

2020-21 Meeting Schedule

All meetings are via Zoom for now, from 8:30 – 10:30 am.

  • Tuesday September 15, 2020
  • Tuesday October 6, 2020
  • Thursday November 5, 2020
  • Thursday December 10, 2020
  • Wednesday January 13, 2021
  • Wednesday February 10, 2021
  • Wednesday March 10, 2021
  • Thursday April 15, 2021
  • Thursday May 13, 2021
  • Tuesday June 22, 2021

News and Notes

November 20, 2020 Managing Your ELO Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF, 1 page, 2020) is a brand new resource developed by the NH ELO Network. It includes links to further resources.

November 15, 2020 The next ELO Network meeting is Thursday, December 10, via Zoom. Check the ELON calendar for details. All are welcome. Agenda and links from Nov 5 meeting

Recommended School Websites

These New Hampshire high schools have particularly good ELO websites with guidelines, planning tools, and easily customized templates to share:

Next Steps NH Project

next steps new hampshire

This site is a resource for ELO development in New Hampshire and was supported 2012-2018 by the Next Steps NH project. It is currently supported by the New Hampshire Department of Education.

Next Steps NH provided professional development and coaching to selected New Hampshire high schools for the purpose of increasing the graduation rate of students with disabilities, and students at risk.

Watch an excellent 15-minute video overview with the voices of students, teachers and community partners:

Watch four New Hampshire students talk about their ELOs in a 4:18-minute video:

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, H323A120003. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Corinne Weidenthal. This website and the Next Steps NH products on it are public domain. Authorization to reproduce them in whole or in part is granted. While permission to reprint publications on this website is not necessary, the citation should be: NH State Personnel Development Grant – Next Steps NH (2012-2017). New Hampshire Department of Education, Concord, New Hampshire, Author(s). Publications on this website that were not developed by Next Steps NH may have their own copyright rules. Check the individual document for specifics.