Describe the environment where students thrive (what does it look like, feel like, sound like, etc.?)
My favorite Paolo Friere quote describes a thriving learning space: "To learn is to construct, to reconstruct, to observe with a view to changing—none of which can be done without being open to risk, to the adventure of the spirit."
What makes EL so different?
With deep roots and wide span, EL is showing the world that EVERYONE deserves joy and rigor in learning.
Crew means diversity, which is good in both nature and society. When you put a lot of different things together and let them grow, the environment is stronger and more beautiful.
Newton, Massachusetts. I now live in Chicago, Illinois.