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 Donna Couture or Terrill Covey.

2019 ELO Coordinator of the Year

The NH ELO Network chose Amy Yeakel from Newfound Regional High School as the 2019 ELO  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 our work in NH and also nationally, and continues to innovate ways to engage community partners, parents and educators in the ELO process.

Amy was honored at the New Hampshire EDies Awards ceremony on June 8, 2019.

2019-20 Meeting Schedule

All meetings are 9 am – noon at the Walker Building, Rm 100, 21 S. Fruit St, Concord, NH.

Sept 10
Oct 9
Nov 6
Dec 10
Jan 16
Feb 12
Mar 11
Apr 14
May 14
June 23

News and Notes

Check the ELON website blog for news of ELO happenings in New Hampshire.

Jan 14, 2020 The next ELO Network meeting is Tuesday, January 16 at the NH DOE Walker Building at 112 South Fruit Street in Concord from 9 am – noon. All are welcome. Jan. 16 agenda, Notes from December 2019 meeting

Jan 1, 2020 Governor Sununu signed a proclamation making January 2019 Extended Learning Opportunity month in New Hampshire. See the proclamation

Oct 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.

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.