Oakhurst is a proud to be an Expeditionary Learning school. The EL framework positions all members of the school community as learners, intentionally focusing on creating and sustaing community. Students use K-2 curriculum standards toguide their learning experiences and expeditions, crafting meaningful and authentic products. You can learn more about Expeditionary Learning here.
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 leaders, 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.
Excerpt taken from Core Practices: A Vision for Improving Schools. (2018). EL Education.