One of the foundational credos of Expeditionary Learning is “We are Crew, Not Passengers.” This metaphor refers to a group in a boat on a long voyage, where everyone is needed to pull at an oar and no one sits by watching. In adhering to this motto, “Crew” can be used to reference both individual classrooms and the entire school community. We strive to instill a sense of responsibility, participation, and cooperation among individuals, the student body, the school community, and the greater community. This motto represents our commitment to inclusion and action in the service of self and others.¥
This TED talk reminds us of the importance of building community via Crew.
"Helpfulness means 'I don't have to know everything, I just have to work among people who are good at getting, and giving help.'"
Purposes of Crew - Purposes of crew_EL_2012_0.pdf
The Middle School Brain Needs Crew - Middle school brains need crew_EL_0112_0.pdf