Clifton Area Neighborhood School Launches Expeditionary Learning Focus


Students and families were in high spirits as Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS) opened its doors for the first time at a recent open house. Upon a welcome from Principal James Zoller, guests excitedly met their teachers, explored the building and picked up class materials.

Located in the former home of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, CANS boasts a refurbished building — which includes a robust Community Learning Center — and serves children in grades PreK – 2 from Clifton, Spring Grove Village and CUF (Clifton Heights, University Heights, Fairview).

Not only did families walk the new school’s halls for the first time, they also were introduced to CANS’ Vision 2020 program, Expeditionary Learning. The program provides:

• Hands-on learning activities
• An emphasis on shared ownership of a positive classroom and school culture
• Differentiated instruction that challenges and empowers all students to reach their full potential
• A commitment to fostering confidence and independence
• A partnership with the University of Cincinnati School of Education to integrate current research into educational instruction practices

Based on programming developed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound USA, CANS’ program will use an experiential approach to ignite students’ passion for learning inside and outside of the classroom.

But Expeditionary Learning isn’t just about academics. The program also focuses on nurturing the social, emotional and physical development of each student and emphasizes leadership, empathy and character.

Ms. Wilder

Both the new program and school have students, parents and teachers eager for the upcoming year. “I’m excited for our new building, new opportunities, new connections and for all of the excited kiddos who are ready to start the year,” said kindergarten teacher Ms. Wilder.

Kindergarten and first grade teacher Ms. Fezlani added, “This year brings an opportunity to learn and grow together and create an awesome school.”

Learn more about the Expeditionary Learning program and CANS at


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