Students at DCPS Title I schools rarely experience the enriching, out-of-classroom learning enjoyed by their more affluent peers. LILI believes this injustice – the “experience gap” – contributes greatly to the achievement gap between students of different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. In response, LILI ignites student potential through field trips to DC’s historical, cultural, and natural resources. Students investigate the effects of erosion along the Anacostia River; get inspired while exploring Frederick Douglass’s former home; and analyze the challenges of the Great Migration while contemplating the paintings of Jacob Lawrence. LILI provides materials, arranges transportation, and facilitates instruction, including pre- and post-trip lessons. A professional development program builds teachers’ capacity to lead experience-driven lessons in the classroom. Your support makes history, science, art, and culture come alive for over 2,100 children each year – and generates a priceless love of learning.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 6
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; More than 60% of our students attend schools east of the Anacostia River.
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11)
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students
Schools They Work In: SY17-18 school partners (DCPS):; Aiton ES (Ward 7); Barnard ES (Ward 4); Burroughs EC (Ward 5); Drew ES (Ward 7); Garfield ES (Ward 8); Hendley ES (Ward 8); Ketcham ES (Ward 8); Malcolm X ES (Ward 8); Orr ES (Ward 8); Patterson ES (Ward 8); Raymond EC (Ward 4); Savoy ES (Ward 8); Smothers ES (Ward 7); Tubman ES (Ward 1); Turner ES (Ward 8); Wilson (J.O.) ES (Ward 6)
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- Percent of students who demonstrate self-efficacy by indicating confidence in sharing newfound knowledge with a classmate after Live It Learn It:
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Awards & Recognition
2011 CharityWorks Partner
2011 Lehrman Impact Award
2010-2011 Catalogue for Philanthropy Charity
2007 Recipient of Catalogue for Philanthropy Award
2006-2007 Catalogue for Philanthropy Charity
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