Dana Nelson, a humanities teacher at Leaders, wins this year’s Gaynor McCown Award for Excellence in Teaching for building authentic learning experiences and fostering a student-led community at the school.
Crew, which has deep roots in the Outward Bound tradition dating back to the 1940s, is a distinctive structure in our schools in which students come together daily, in most of our schools, with a teacher Crew Advisor to work on college preparation, literacy skills, leadership development, and personal challenges. Students regularly describe their Crews in our schools as a “second family” that provides critical social‐emotional and academic support.
Crews typically include 10 – 16 students and stay together for several years, often through graduation. Crew also helps us ensure our students are well-known and well-supported, and that no one falls through the cracks. Crew is the vehicle through which our schools conduct many of their parent and family outreach activities.