Professional Development

Building Community Through Crew

A Teamwork Approach to School Culture
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Crew means two things: a schoolwide culture of respect, compassion, and teamwork; and a structure for meetings to support belonging, character growth, and academic growth. Using descriptions, stories, readings, and videos, we will look at schools who have used the concept of Crew to cultivate learning environments in schools and classrooms that make sure everyone feels welcome, valued, supported, and held accountable to be their best selves. All schools already embrace aspects of Crew – through elements like their shared commitments, faculty professional learning culture, elementary morning meetings, secondary advisories, and schoolwide events. This session will focus on how to deepen those elements through structures and practices that prioritize relationships, personal growth, and a shared mission for the common good.

Learning Targets

  1. I can explain the power of Crew—Positive School Culture and Daily Advisory Meetings—to transform schools and support student success.
  2. I can describe elements of Crew that I can implement or amplify in my own setting.

What’s Included

  • Continuing Education Unit Credits
  • Only Available Until Feb 19th, 2021
  • Access to Professional Development Package Online Portal
  • Access to Facilitator Portal
  • Access to Session Videos
  • Printable & Digital Handouts
  • Facilitator Training/Webinar
  • Free Tickets to Attend Virtual Gathering

We are Crew

A Teamwork Approach to School Culture

Ron Berger, Anne Vilen, And Libby Woodfin

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Crew is the crucible of character. You have in your hands the authoritative guide to creating a culture of Crew in your school—a how-to, why-to guide with vivid and specific examples. A must-read for educators interested in the whole child, and in all children, and in the potential for schools to change lives.

Angela DuckworthFounder and CEO of Character Lab

Crew is a structure and a culture. It’s the world’s best advisory system and it’s a culture that puts care and contribution at the core. We Are Crew describes how EL Education schools weave together character development and academic growth. It provides detailed advice and case studies on developing and facilitating an advisory curriculum, on creating schools where every learner belongs, on measuring what matters, and providing the professional learning for teachers to make it happen. It’s the best book on advisory systems to date and a useful companion to Leaders of Their Own Learning.

Tom Vander ArkCEO of Getting Smart


We Are Crew: A Teamwork Approach to School Culture is a practical, research-informed guide to developing a school culture that nurtures social-emotional and academic development, affirms diverse identities, supports courageous conversations, fosters belonging, and centers authentic and trusting relationships. It is also a guide to establishing and maintaining the structure of Crew, which is EL Education’s framework for daily whole-class meetings in elementary schools and small advisory groups in secondary schools.

We Are Crew is more than a book. It is an entry point to a community of fellow educators who share a commitment to Crew and are learning and growing together. We Are Crew includes a PD Pack for independent or small group professional learning, an online toolkit of models from diverse schools, and a collection of 38 videos of practices in action, including virtual Crew guidance. Even schools that have been using Crew for years will find pathways to strengthen school culture amid the pandemic and beyond.


Ron Berger

Teacher and Professional Development Designer

Ron is responsible for leading EL Education‘s vision of teaching and learning, bringing with him 40 years of experience as a teacher and professional development designer, 28 of those years teaching in public schools.

Part of EL Education since its founding, Ron has authored two books: An Ethic of Excellence and A Culture of Quality, co-authored three more: Leaders of Their Own Learning, Transformational Literacy, and Management in the Active Classroom, and has ensured that quality and craftsmanship are reflected not only in the work that they encourage from students and teachers, but in their work as an organization as well. He is a sought-after keynote speaker nationally and internationally.

A graduate of Hampshire College, Ron holds a master’s of education from Harvard University, where he now teaches a course that uses exemplary student project work to illuminate academic standards.



Purchase PD Keynote/Package

All 3 PD keynotes/packages are included with your purchase.

Select 1 or More PD Keynotes/Packages to Use as Curriculum

We encourage you to select 1 PD keynote/package for your PD Day, but you are free to do 1, 2, or all 3.

Identify a Teacher at Your School to be a Facilitator

An on-site facilitator will help ensure that the PD Day is planned & prepared so that it runs smoothly and successfully.

Facilitator Attends Training Webinar

We will provide a few different dates as options.

Plan & Host Professional Development Day

Ideally, the PD Day is completed before Feb 19th, so that faculty can get the most of their CDL4: Virtual Gathering experience.

Plan to attend Virtual Gathering

The Virtual Gathering is on Friday, February 19, 2021.


This year, our brand-new virtual platform has allowed us to lower costs and expand capacity so that we can accommodate entire schools. CDL4 offers 3 Professional Development keynotes/packages for the price of 1, combined with a free ticket to the Virtual Gathering for each participant registered under a school.

This is an opportunity for your school to begin implementing Deeper Learning practices that go beyond the capabilities of an individual educator.

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