The student is at the center of every ELO. They initiate an ELO idea and, with the assistance of the ELO Coordinator and Cooperating Teacher(s), direct the development of their ELO plan which includes the indicators they wish to prove proficiency in, and the learning activities they intend to complete as evidence of their skill.
The student takes part in finding a Community Mentor that best suits their ELO needs and is responsible for acquiring the necessary signatures on the ELO application. During an ELO, the student must exhibit professional behaviors and is expected to adhere to rules, procedures, and policies of both school and workplace.
In addition to active learning while on site, students are expected to maintain a thorough reflection journal and share its contents with all members of their ELO Team. Students are also required to check in Bi-Weekly with the ELO Coordinator and keep their LiFT up to date. Students are required to complete the work outlined in their ELO plans, and any work assigned by the Community Mentor. If possible, this includes a product designed to be beneficial to the Community Mentor and/or the community location. At the conclusion of the ELO, students complete an exit evaluation and then share their learning in a panel presentation where they are assessed by an ELO evaluation team. This team includes the Extended Learning Opportunity Coordinator, Cooperating Teacher(s), Special Education Case Manager (if applicable), and any other individuals who are key to the student’s ELO success.