Live It Learn It’s Fall 2018 Quarterly Update

LILI Quarterly Update

Four times a year Live It Learn It publishes a newsletter called the Quarterly Update (QU). It highlights the new and noteworthy events in student programming and for the organization more broadly. You will also find stories from the field, which capture the great moments that happen during our units.


ExperienceNew Partner Schools— We are excited to welcome Burrville ES (Ward 7), Payne ES (Ward 6), and Tyler ES (Ward 6) to the Live It Learn It family!

Experiential Learning Fellowship— Our Fellowship has begun with great success. Our 11 fellows have attended the Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers; they have examined experiential learning through a visit with the Anacostia Watershed Society and they are now starting to plan their first LILI style field experience. We are excited to see how the rest of the year unfolds!

First Unit of the Year—Our school year began with Tubman ES (Ward 1) and our unit on Abraham Lincoln and Ford’s Theatre. Acting as detectives, students examine the events of the Civil War and the leadership decisions of Abraham Lincoln to understand why someone might want to assassinate the president. After their unit, Charlotte said, “Live It Learn It is the best way to learn and have fun!”


AnalyzeGrowing Staff— Not only have we added new schools, but we also welcomed three new staff members to the teaching team. Janet Jefferson is an advocate for experiential education and once brought her class to a wolf sanctuary to feed wolves. Katherine Thomas loves the outdoors and has been a physical education teacher, soccer coach, and health sciences educator. Elaine Pirozzi is a voracious reader and after decades of living in DC she still finds new places to explore.

A Special Thank You—We are delighted to thank the Economic Club of Washington, DC  for their $50,000 award. LILI was one of only ten organizations who received the award for their 32nd Milestone Celebration. As a recipient, LILI attended the celebration event where David Rubenstein interviewed Jeff Bezos. It was a great evening and we are so appreciative of the support! We could not do what we do without our generous donors.


ConnectLocation: Ward 8
Years of Partnership: 8
Partnership Grades: 3rd-5th

About Boone:  Boone Elementary is a brand new school building in southeast DC. This beautiful space replaces Orr Elementary and is named for Lawrence E. Boone, the longest serving and first black principal of Orr.

This Year’s Programming:  The third grade will be visiting the Kreeger Museum to learn about the artistic concepts of value and space and to the National Zoo to study biodiversity in the Amazon. Meanwhile, fourth graders will be analyzing plant adaptions at the U.S. Botanic Garden and exploring the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Our seasoned fifth graders will be traveling down the Potomac River with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to test water quality and will create masks and participate in a drum circle at the Kreeger Museum. We are looking forward to an exciting and engaging year ahead!

In Their Words:
“I enjoy being apart of Live It Learn It and I am glad that my students are able to experience this awesome way of learning!”  – Ms. Walton

“I will tell my family that Live It Learn It is very fun because I go on trips and  do hands-on activities. It is the very, very, very best.” – 5th grade student


Mariel Smith

Mariel Smith is originally from outside of Baltimore and grew up visiting museums in Maryland and Washington, DC. Those early experiences gave her the strong belief that museums and historic sites are perfect places to learn, explore, and have fun. She has a B.A. in English literature from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in museum studies from New York University. Committed to sharing her passion for informal hands-on education, Mariel has worked in museums in Washington, DC and New York City, as well as abroad in London, England. She is proud to be a part of Live It Learn It where she can use her teaching experience and passion for learning to help students explore the wonderful history and resources DC has to offer. Outside of work Mariel loves to read, bake cookies, and watch Star Wars.

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