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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.

An excellent 15-minute overview of the ELO experience through the voices of students, teachers and community partners:

ELOs are:

  • driven by a student’s authentic interests
  • flexible in time and place
  • a collaboration between the community and the educational system
  • credit bearing

New Hampshire ELO Network

The New Hampshire Extended Learning Opportunity Network (ELON) is a collaborative of ELO Coordinators, teachers and other educators. This network is interested in advancing the implementation of ELOs throughout the state. All are welcome to attend the monthly meetings. For information, contact Donna Couture or Terrill Covey.

2018 ELO Coordinator of the Year

The NH ELO Network chose Amy Yeakel from Newfound Regional High School as their 2018 Extended Learning Opportunity Coordinator of the Year. The Selection Committee was particularly moved by the years of dedication Amy has given to her district and to the state. She is a mentor to many of her colleagues, is a tireless advocate for ELO work both in NH and nationally, and continues to innovate ways to engage community partners, parents, and educators in the ELO process. Amy will be honored at the New Hampshire EDies Awards ceremony on June 8, 2019.

2018-19 Meeting Schedule

Sept 18, Concord
Oct 17, Regional meetings
Nov 15, Site Visit
Dec 11, Concord
Jan 9, Regional meetings
Feb. 14, Site Visit
March 12, Concord
April 9, Regional meetings
May 9, Site Visit
June 11, Planning meeting

Real-Life Examples

Visit our library of ELO examples to learn more about ELOs created for and by students in New Hampshire.

Recommended School Websites

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

News and Notes

Feb 11, 2019 Check out our new introductory online course to learn what an ELO is, who you need on your team, and a design process to create a high quality ELO. During the course you’ll create an ELO for a fictional student who loves yoga.

Feb 5, 2019 Congratulations to Amy Yeakel from Newfound Regional High School, who has been chosen by the NH ELO Network as its 2019 Extended Learning Opportunity Coordinator of the Year!

Jan 24, 2019 April 2019 is New Hampshire Hospitality Month. Students of all ages are invited to tour local industry sites such as hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, and entertainment venues. The goal is to generate interest about careers in the industry. More information about NH Hospitality Month, Registration

Jan 8, 2019 A short animated tour of three New Hampshire public schools that have embraced a modern culture of learning—one that is student-centered and accessible to each and every child. From Reaching Higher NH and the Partnership for the Future of Learning.

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. This was done through implementing evidence-informed transition planning practices that help students prepare for college, career, and adult life.

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.