Huffington Post blogger Tom Vander Ark interviews NYC Outward Bound Schools President & CEO Richard Stopol about Expeditionary Learning, school leadership, mastery-based learning and grading, and the future of our growing network.
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"I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self- denial, and above all, compassion."
—Kurt Hahn, Founder, Outward Bound
“There should be an Expeditionary Learning School in every neighborhood in this country, as it is the only design, that I am aware of, where experience is at the center and the things which we experience are those we best remember.”
—Tom Vander Ark, former Executive Director, Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
“NYC Outward Bound is…defying the lie, defying the myth, defying the stereotypes about what children can and cannot do.”
—Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
"NYC Outward Bound is doing what everyone talks about doing: insuring that zip code does not determine one's destiny... They said,'We have a different way.' And their way was right. It was a more holistic,more comprehensive approach that addressed the entire [child], and they have had truly extraordinary success."
-Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Huffington Post Interview: President Richard Stopol July 1, 2013
Validus Prep Shines: Mastery-Based Grading Spotlighted by NYC Department of Education June 27, 2013
Our Validus Preparatory Academy is highlighted by Izone Innovate, an NYC Department of Education-developed initiative that highlights outstanding and innovative practices within the NYCDOE school system. Validus is recognized for instituting Mastery-Based Grading across the school, which helps students become leaders over their own learning and progress.
Staten Island Advance: Class of 2013 Contributes 4,280 Community Service Hours June 24, 2013
The 77 students that comprise our Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School's Class of 2013 contributed 4,280 community service hours during their tenure at the school, says the Staten Island Advance.