CP 23: Building a Spirit of Crew

From the Core Practices Beta 2017

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Core Resources about EL Education

Type

Guidance Documents

In the EL Education model, the tradition of Crew is both a spirit and a structure. The term “crew” comes from the words of Kurt Hahn, whose work in education inspired the EL Education motto “We are crew, not passengers.” The spirit of crew impels all members of a school community to work together as a team, to pitch in, to help others. We are all getting up the mountain together—individual success is not enough. The structure of Crew—daily meetings to support everyone’s learning and growth—makes time for students to build meaningful relationships with peers and their Crew leader, to reflect on and monitor academic progress, and to focus on character development. Crew is also an engine for equity and inclusion, a place where all students feel they belong and can succeed. Crew leaders strategically plan Crew meetings to address and assess these multiple goals. 

Other school structures can also help build crew spirit and make sure every student is well known and supported by peers and adults (community meetings; mentoring; peer counseling; restorative justice work; apprenticeships). The spirit of crew extends beyond the school walls to relationships with families and community members.

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Core Resources about EL Education

Type

Guidance Documents

In the EL Education model, the tradition of Crew is both a spirit and a structure. The term “crew” comes from the words of Kurt Hahn, whose work in education inspired the EL Education motto “We are crew, not passengers.” The spirit of crew impels all members of a school community to work together as a team, to pitch in, to help others. We are all getting up the mountain together—individual success is not enough. The structure of Crew—daily meetings to support everyone’s learning and growth—makes time for students to build meaningful relationships with peers and their Crew leader, to reflect on and monitor academic progress, and to focus on character development. Crew is also an engine for equity and inclusion, a place where all students feel they belong and can succeed. Crew leaders strategically plan Crew meetings to address and assess these multiple goals. 

Other school structures can also help build crew spirit and make sure every student is well known and supported by peers and adults (community meetings; mentoring; peer counseling; restorative justice work; apprenticeships). The spirit of crew extends beyond the school walls to relationships with families and community members.

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