Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Live It Learn It

  • Washington, DC
  • www.liveitlearnit.org

Mission Statement

Live It Learn It boosts academic achievement and motivation for students in high-poverty DC Public Schools through a combination of engaging classroom lessons and rigorous, academically focused trips to Washington, DC's world-class historical, cultural, and natural resources.  All Live It Learn It programs are carefully aligned to DC's academic learning standards, are interdisciplinary in natures, and emphasize varied instructional approaches to reach students with all learning styles.  In addition, by demonstrating for teachers how DC's resources can be utilized to supplement classroom instruction, Live It Learn It also facilitates greater and more effective teacher utilization of local resources as tools to engage and inspire learners.

Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Live It Learn It annually serves 1,400+ students in approximately 20 Title I DC Public Schools.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2005

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Mr. Matthew Wheelock

Keywords

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academic success, professional motivation, experiential excursions, inspiring through experience, urban classroom, hands-on learning, curriculum based

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EIN

35-2247059

 Number

1149345697

Also Known As

LILI

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

Live It Learn It provides academically rigorous academic trips, together with pre- and post-trip classroom instruction. All of our materials, lessons, and out-of-classroom programs are tied to DC Public Schools' academic learning standards and are designed to further student mastery of core academic skills. Our three-part (pre-trip, trip, post-trip) model engages students with all learning styles and ensures that every child can grasp the content being introduced. Moreover, Live It Learn It's trips provide a structured context in which students develop stronger academic and professional motivation. Live It Learn It conducts two programs - one during the academic year, and the other during the summer. Both programs serve DC youth in lower-income neighborhoods; utilize LILI's proven methodology; and feature close collaboration with educators from top historical, cultural, and natural resources. The main difference between our programs is that Live It Learn It partners with DC public schools for the academic year, and with local community-based organizations during the summer. For school year 2006-2007, Live It Learn It is working with thirteen DC public elementary schools. Live It Learn It's educational approach is best captured in the words of Confucius: "Tell me, and I will forget; show me, and I will remember; involve me, and I will understand." The dominant model in DC public schools, however, remains classroom-based didactic instruction, rarely incorporating meaningful opportunities for experiential learning. LILI helps remedy this situation, boosting student motivation, academic mastery, confidence, and direction. Below are key aspects of LILI's approach. 1. Engaging out-of-classroom learning experiences. The central component of each Live It Learn It program is the out-of-classroom learning experience. All trips are carefully planned with educators at our partner institutions and emphasize creative approaches to academic enrichment. We are currently collaborating with educators at the following institutions 2. Pre- and post-trip classroom activities. To maximize the impact of out-of-classroom learning, LILI integrates Experiential Excursions into on-going classroom instruction, with pre- and post-trip classroom sessions. a. Pre-trip lesson. Pre-trip lessons provide students with the knowledge base necessary to take full advantage of the out-of-classroom experience. These lessons are all standards-based, focus on key 'essential questions' and related 'objectives,' and are designed to engage all learners. b. Post-trip lesson. To reinforce mastery of new academic concepts, Live It Learn It conducts focused post-trip activities. These lessons include a review of topics introduced during the unit (often in the form of 'Jeopardy' or a similar game), a written assessment, and a follow-on activity that builds upon students' newfound knowledge. 3. Enriching academic materials tailored to the curriculum. To ensure that classroom sessions effectively further students' academic progress, LILI creates accompanying Brain Builder Booklets. Tailored to DC's academic standards, these materials are cross-curricular and feature engaging activities, images, and information. All Brain Builder Booklets are carefully crafted and reflect the input of educators at collaborating local resources. (Samples provided upon request.) These materials also allow Live It Learn It to measure students' academic mastery during the post-trip session. 4. Reliable transportation and logistical coordination. LILI provides transportation and covers all transportation costs. In addition, LILI removes the burden of implementation from the teacher, assuming responsibility for creating and executing each excursion and its related lessons.

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Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Live It Learn It annually serves 1,400+ students in approximately 20 Title I DC Public Schools.

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Live it Leam It
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Live It Learn It

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Principal Officer

Mr. Matthew Wheelock

BIO

Founder Matthew Wheelock piloted Live It Learn It's approach while teaching at DC's Walker-Jones Elementary School, where he supplemented classroom instruction with carefully planned, educationally focused trips to local museums, memorials, and parks. In 2003, Wheelock was a finalist for DC public schools' New Teacher of the Year award. He is a graduate of Williams College, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Stanford Law School, and worked in the fields of international relations and law prior to teaching. A native Washingtonian, Wheelock is a product of DC public elementary and junior high schools and has spent countless hours exploring this city's tremendous resources.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Patrick Campbell

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

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