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Listening and learning from our community

Friday, November 1, 2019

Our school has had some exciting visitors in the past week! You may have seen on our Instagram or Facebook accounts that Congresswoman Anna Eshoo visited IL3 last Friday to speak to the students about the importance of community values. The Level 3 students are tasked this term with presenting a framework that can impact and improve their community. So far, they have interviewed everyone from the mayor of Mountain View, Lisa Matichak, to representatives from different religions, and now the Congresswoman!

Congresswoman Eshoo also stopped by the US space to answer students’ questions on topics ranging from climate change to the housing crisis in the Bay Area, which tied in perfectly with the IL5 term project. Our IL5 students are learning about and practicing oral history archiving by diving into the issues of housing and homelessness in the Bay Area. They started off the term learning about the methodologies and ethics surrounding collecting oral interviews. Students then got a chance to put their skills into practice by doing mock interviews with volunteers at the community center (thank you to everyone who volunteered!).

On Wednesday, Amanda Olson from Downtown Streets Team also visited IL5 students to help prepare students to interview members of the homeless community. Amanda’s visit was in preparation for next Tuesday, when students will go to Trinity Church and interview members of DST’s team, many of whom are currently experiencing homelessness. DST is an organization that provides services for and employs the homeless with the goal of transitioning them into full employment and permanent housing. 

More to come as our students continue their project-based learning and prepare for Exhibition at the end of November!