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Quarterly Update: Fall 2017
Hot off the press! Find out about how the beginning of Live It Learn It’s 13th year is kicking off in the latest installment of Live It Learn It’s Quarterly Update.


Quarterly Update: Summer 2017
Take a look at Live It Learn It’s Summer 2017 Quarterly Update for highlights of the wrap up of Live It Learn It’s busiest school year yet.


Quarterly Update: Spring 2017
Check out Live It Learn It’s Spring 2017 Quarterly Update for highlights of the latest happenings this quarter!


Teacher Training Update
This year Live It Learn It is working with partner teachers and other teachers from the area, across all grade levels, in order to expand the use of experiential education. Through our training programs, teachers learn how to facilitate our U.S. Botanic Garden or Amazonian rain forest lesson. Teachers leave armed with our curriculum, hands-on materials for their class, and top tips for facilitation. Live It Learn It is increasing our reach and teachers are implementing these programs with great success.


Quarterly Update: Winter 2016-2017 Is Here!
Have a look through Live It Learn It’s Winter 2016-2017 Quarterly Update for a snapshot of some of our recent, exciting work.


#GivingTuesday – Results In!
 It’s an international day of giving! This year #LiveItLearnIt participated in Giving Tuesday with the goal of raising funds to increase family engagement through Family Days. Family Days gives students the chance to become teachers and lead their families through #LILI trips to places like Mount Vernon and Ford’s Theatre. Through the generosity of new supporters we raised enough to fund two Family Day events! Thank you to everyone who participated in Giving Tuesday!


Live It Learn It Expands Partnership with U.S. Botanic Garden
Our partnership with the United States Botanic Garden continues to grow. This year, LILI staff members will be leading hands-on activities at the Garden two mornings per week. This partnership allows us to increase our reach beyond our partner schools.

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Live It Learn It Students Participate in National Park Service Centennial Celebration
Live It Learn It and the National Park Service (NPS) partnered to bring 100 students and families from Orr E.S. to the National Mall to celebrate NPS’ centennial. Students explored Centennial Park, experienced virtual reality games, thanks to Google, and even dressed up like park rangers!


Fall 2016 Quarterly Update
Check out Live It Learn It’s Fall Quarterly Update to learn about all the latest happenings!

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Expanding Live It Learn It’s Leadership Team

Dr. Michelle Edwards, long-time Live It Learn It board member and former principal of Orr Elementary School in DC’s Ward 8, joins Live It Learn It as its new Executive Director. Dr. Edwards brings her expertise in curriculum, instruction, and organizational development to Live It Learn It’s leadership team. As Executive Director, Michelle will oversee daily operations, while former Executive Director, Matthew Wheelock, will focus on broadening Live It Learn It’s reach in the new role of President.


Presenting Our Work

Dr. Matthew Wheelock presented an academic paper about Live It Learn It’s impact on student confidence at the centennial conference on the American Educational Research Association, the largest gathering of scholars in the field of educational research. Also, we distilled a set of “best practices” in experiential learning at the recent Young Education Professionals Conference.

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New Staff

Live It Learn It is thrilled to welcome back former Program Associate, Mariel Smith, who rejoins Live It Learn It after time living abroad! After her time working in museums in London, she is now back helping to build and implement curriculum right here in DC with our Guided Experience model.

Spring 2016 Quarterly Update

Click on the links below to read more about what Live It Learn It has going on this quarter!

Winter 2015 Quarterly Update

This seasons Quarterly Update we will now highlight the different sections directly on our website to provide our readers with a new way to access the content. Click on the links below to read more about what Live It Learn It has going on this quarter!

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Family Day at Mount Vernon

Live It Learn It’s recent Family Day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon was a huge success! Students from Miner Elementary School who had already studied George Washington and visited Mount Vernon with Live It Learn It, had the opportunity to return to Mount Vernon with their parents and grandparents to show them what they had learned. The adults were engaged with the estate and character interpreters, and impressed by how much they learned from their kids. One student brought her whole family including a 4th grader who came to Mount Vernon with us last year, a 2nd grader who is excited to get the full experience next year, a kindergartner who participated enthusiastically, and a couple of very proud parents! It was wonderful to see the students and their families interacting with Mount Vernon’s staff, who were absolutely terrific. A huge thank you to Mount Vernon and its fantastic educators!

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Pathways to Professions
Students Think Like Architects and Explore the World of Building

5th graders from Garfield Elementary School toured the construction at newly renovated Powell ES with structural engineering firm Keast & Hood, ISTUDIO architects, and MCN Build contractors. Students had the opportunity to develop hands-on experience in building and design, an appreciation for the tremendous complexities involved in planning and building a school, and a deeper understanding of the range of exciting careers available in building and design fields. Many thanks to all our partners who helped make this Pathway to Professions a huge success!


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Fall 2015 Quarterly Update

This seasons Quarterly Update we will now highlight the different sections directly on our website to provide our readers with a new way to access the content. Click on the links below to read more about what Live It Learn It has going on this quarter!


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Live It Learn It’s Founder on WPFW’s emPower Hour

Matthew Wheelock, Founder and Executive Director, talks with WPFW about how Live It Learn It got started, current challenges in education, and the importance of experiential learning. Listen now >>>


Live It Learn It Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

This year, Live It Learn It celebrates its 10th year anniversary — marking 10 years of the best in civic partnership: a stunning example of what can be achieved when different parts of a community roll up their sleeves for the common good. More >>>


Live It Learn It Superstars Trip

Students who successfully earned 500 points in extra learning (Superstar) activities throughout the school year were invited on a final leadership development trip. More than forty students from schools across the city tested themselves with ropes courses, zip lines, and other exciting team building activities at Adventure Park at Sandy Springs. Students pushed themselves and encouraged each other to take on the new challenges — and emerged from the experiences exhilarated. Congratulations to all of Live It Learn It’s SY2013-2014 Superstars and their teachers! More on the Superstars program.


Family Day at Ford’s Theatre

Live It Learn It’s inaugural Family Day at Ford’s Theatre was a big success! Students from Wheatley who had studied about Lincoln and the Civil War and visited Ford’s Theatre with Live It Learn It, had the opportunity to return with their parents and grandparents to show them what they had learned. The adults were totally engaged with the site and activities. We had a grandfather who had been wanting to visit Ford’s for years and this was his first visit. Another parent lamented that despite being a native Washingtonian and working at the National Gallery of Art, he hadn’t ever experienced the city in such a way and was motivated to do a lot more after visiting Ford’s. He and his family even stayed behind instead of returning to the school so that they could do more exploring. It was wonderful to see the students interacting with Ford’s staff, who were absolutely terrific with the kids and their families. A huge thank you to Ford’s Theatre and its fantastic educators!


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Preserving History through Photography with the Architect of the Capitol

5th grade students at Raymond Education Campus explored the question of how to preserve history through photography while participating in a Pathways to Professions program with Live It Learn It. Students visited the U.S. Capitol and learned how conservators preserve the building and how photographers document events for our national posterity. Professional Photographer, Charles Badal, then equipped students with a camera to document elements of today’s life that should be preserved for the future. Students were challenged with capturing images that communicate one aspect of their identity that is worth preserving.  Students invited their families, and members of the community, to present their work at The Coupe, a coffee house and art space in Columbia Heights, where the work is being exhibited through June.  For more, click here.