CREW at BMS
What is Crew?
Crew is an advisory model system that was implemented at Basalt Middle School and across the Roaring Fork School District in 2015-16. Crew is a dedicated time in student schedules to focus on character skills and social-emotional learning as well as academic goal-setting. The crew model ensures all students have an adult monitoring their academic and social well-being and allows for deeper teacher-to-student and student-to-student relationships. Guided by the mantra of “We are Crew not passengers,” students work alongside teachers to learn how they can assume ownership for their education and cultivate their Habits of a Scholar (Executive Skills, Perseverance, Enthusiasm, Compassion, Teamwork).
What is the Purpose of Crew at BMS?
Crew classes address four specific areas:
- Positive Culture: Build and maintain a positive school culture, climate, and community that connects to and serves the broader community.
- Academic Advisement: Facilitate goal setting to develop college and career readiness.
- Character Development: Develop and maturate Habits of a Scholar (character skills) and support social-emotional learning.
- Adventure: Foster adventure, health, fitness, and a love of learning.
How Is Crew Being Implemented at BMS?
At Basalt Middle School, Crew is implemented as a thirty-minute period four days a week. Students and teachers work together to build culture, character, and academic skills. Each Crew section includes one teacher-advisor and between 14 to 16 students. Building strong relationships is a central focus of the program so that every student in the school has both an adult advocate as well as a peer support network. On Mondays and Fridays, Crews primarily focus on setting goals, creating learning plans for the week, and reflecting on student successes and areas for improvement. Tuesday and Thursday lessons often are more literacy based and focus on specific learning outcomes. Crew times are be structured lessons with clear learning objectives for succesful outcomes.
Why Do Schools Have Crew or Advisory Programs?
The research supporting directly teaching performance character skills through a Crew system is very strong. Directly teaching about topics like brain development, growth mindset, executive function and learning strategies has a proven track record of creating a student belief system where effort is the primary driver of success and students assume power and ownership over their own education. The leading school networks in Colorado and the United States all include a Crew advisory model, including the Denver School of Science and Technology, Expeditionary Learning Schools, and KIPP schools. While these three school models are very different, they all understand the importance of cultivating outstanding relationships and a culture of effort. At Basalt Middle School, we share these values and look forward to advancing them through our Crew system this year."
Here's a great article on CREW in Middle School.
What Exactly Will Students Learn in Crew This Year?
BMS teachers have received several trainings on the Crew Advisory Model and each year put together a roadmap outlining the quarterly learning outcomes for students. They are working together to create systematic vertical (across grades) and horizontal (between grades) lesson plans.
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