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

ELO examples

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

We share information and resources

This site is a resource for ELO development in New Hampshire and is supported by the Next Steps NH project.

Recommended school websites

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

New Hampshire ELO Network

The New Hampshire Extended Learning Opportunity Network (NHELON) 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.

NH ELO Week April 2-6

Accessible PDF of ELO Week Proclamation

The week of April 2-6 has been proclaimed by Governor Sununu as ELO week in New Hampshire and provides a great opportunity for schools throughout the state to share their successes.

The proclamation (PDF) states that “Extended Learning Opportunities afford students and businesses a mutually beneficial partnership so that the students get the experience and the businesses have better prepared future employees coming from a high school environment.”

Next Steps NH Project

Next Steps NH logoThe Next Steps NH project provides 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 is done through implementing evidence-informed transition planning practices that help students prepare for college, career, and adult life. The ELO: Beyond Classroom website is part of the project.

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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.