The NLMUSD's Expanded Learning Program believes that all students deserve quality and equitable learning opportunities. Their goal is to be an academic support system to schools and to students as well as to work with students in developing strong social-emotional skills. The program provides support through three components: common core curriculum, character building, and Community and Social Engagement.
By taking an interdisciplinary approach to instruction that connects common core skills, character education, and community & social engagement, students will apply their learning to create and develop projects that critically address real-world topics. These projects are referred to as Better World Projects (Project Based Learning).
Better World Projects involves the exploration of a relevant topic such as “Equity in Education” or “Environmental Preservation.” Through these projects and labs, students exercise 21st Century skills: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity (4Cs).
Better World Projects encompass:
The NLMUSD’s expanded learning program supports closing the achievement gap in K-12 education as well as developing the skills to become responsible community members and life-long learners. This is accomplished through collaboration with all stakeholders: students, educators, families, and the greater community as well as through rigorous data-driven instruction, project-based learning, enrichment activities, social-emotional support, critical inquiry, and exposure to higher education.