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Building a Connected School Culture in a Time of Crisis: New Book from EL Education

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NEW YORK, NY (8/4/20)—The evidence is irrefutable: students count on an inclusive and culturally-responsive school culture to achieve academic success, whether classes take place remotely or in person. EL Education’s new book, endorsed by leading researchers and authors Angela Duckworth and Carol Dweck, is a practical, research-informed guide for developing an affirming and effective school culture in any learning environment. 

We Are Crew: A Teamwork Approach to School Culture is available online for purchase.

We Are Crew includes guidance on:

  • Affirming student and staff identity
  • Creating a trauma-responsive and culturally-responsive culture
  • Centering supportive relationships 
  • Fostering belonging, remotely and in person
  • Joining social-emotional and academic development
  • Incorporating restorative justice into the fabric of school culture

We Are Crew comes with a virtual Crew appendix, companion online toolkit, and a collection of 38 videos of practices in action from diverse schools.

We Are Crew draws on 25 years of practice in EL Education partner schools and districts, where Crew is both a culture in which all members of the school community support one another, and a structure—like Morning Meeting or Advisory—that provides daily time for students to focus on social-emotional learning and academic mindsets.

“Crew is an engine that drives equitable outcomes for all students. Every student is seen, heard, and valued. Every student deepens skills and mindsets for academic and life success. Every student is equipped to contribute to a better world and take action for justice,” said We Are Crew authors Ron Berger, Anne Vilen, and Libby Woodfin. 

“Crew is the crucible of character. A must-read for educators interested in the whole child, and in all children, and in the potential for schools to change lives,” said Angela Duckworth, Founder and CEO, Character Lab; Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Crew aligns with current research recommendations from the science of learning and development, academic mindsets, adolescent identity formation, and culturally responsive social and emotional learning. 

For more information about We Are Crew: A Teamwork Approach to School Culture, visit For more information about EL Education visit

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