“Nobody is allowed to be a passenger; everyone belongs to the ship’s crew.”
— Kurt Hahn, Seven Laws of Salem (1930).
What is Crew?
In Expeditionary Learning schools, Crew is an advisory class that serves as the heart and soul of the school community. Crew leaders work with students for up to seven years at Open World Learning Community. In Crew, we work on relationship building, academic advising, service, and portfolio development.
My Crew manages the school greenhouse and has been known to throw down a fierce flash mob. We are caring, supportive, and understanding. We are diverse and respectful. We make decisions collectively, honoring all voices and creating opportunities for everyone to speak. We are fantastic cooks. Our mascot is the narwhal.
Have these essential components:
A devoted Crew leader
Sequenced, active, focused, & explicit Crew lessons
Cooperation, not compliance
Authentic service projects
Shared agreements that build trust
Celebrations that honor individuals
Open World Learning Community teachers have access to a private library of Crew lessons. Here, you can download samples from the lesson library and a Crew lesson template. To receive information about professional development in social and emotional learning, contact Megan.