Reopening: Moving Toward More Equitable Schools

Community Connections - Non-tech based examples

Part of the Virtual Crew Collection

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EL Education

Part of the danger of this time is that those already furthest from opportunity will be left out and further marginalized because we make plans that don't consider what the range of access in a school community really is. That's part of why a technology audit matters, as does making decisions that reflect what's revealed in that process and that prioritizes the human connection and academic learning needs of students who have the least access.

Schools are approaching that in multiple ways for virtual learning, and for keeping connected as a community, too. Here are a few examples that depend less on students having access to devices and the internet (though we found these via Twitter, they don't depend on Twitter). 

Window Signs at Polaris:

Student in Polaris' Southside Chicago neighborhood made "We Are Crew" signs for their windows. Some were posted on social media, but the audience is passers-by; those from the school who can feel a glimmer of connection, and those who are left to google it (and maybe end up here).

Waving to the Gator Family:

 Teachers at Meadow Glen Middle are making sure students know how much they are truly missed:


Have an example to share? We are learning alongside you about what virtual crew can look like, and welcome your contributions. Use this form or email Sarah Norris at snorris@eleducation.org

And for treasure hunters out there, we are maintaining this public folder with everything we find.

Created By

EL Education

Part of the danger of this time is that those already furthest from opportunity will be left out and further marginalized because we make plans that don't consider what the range of access in a school community really is. That's part of why a technology audit matters, as does making decisions that reflect what's revealed in that process and that prioritizes the human connection and academic learning needs of students who have the least access.

Schools are approaching that in multiple ways for virtual learning, and for keeping connected as a community, too. Here are a few examples that depend less on students having access to devices and the internet (though we found these via Twitter, they don't depend on Twitter). 

Window Signs at Polaris:

Student in Polaris' Southside Chicago neighborhood made "We Are Crew" signs for their windows. Some were posted on social media, but the audience is passers-by; those from the school who can feel a glimmer of connection, and those who are left to google it (and maybe end up here).

Waving to the Gator Family:

 Teachers at Meadow Glen Middle are making sure students know how much they are truly missed:


Have an example to share? We are learning alongside you about what virtual crew can look like, and welcome your contributions. Use this form or email Sarah Norris at snorris@eleducation.org

And for treasure hunters out there, we are maintaining this public folder with everything we find.

Have an example to share? We are learning alongside you about what virtual crew can look like, and welcome your contributions. Use this form or email Sarah Norris at snorris@eleducation.org

And for the treasure hunters out there, we are maintaining this public folder with everything we find.