Dear Families,
Please review this post to learn about Experiential Term and the latest student Online Installations.
Thank you.
Dear Students:

You are about to immerse yourselves in a month-long Civic Engagement unit. The focus of the 2014 Experiential Term is to set the stage for meaningful, long-term engagement with the DHH (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) community.

When we originally conceived the program, we envisioned students spending the at least 40% of the month doing direct service volunteering. However, during our planning process, we discovered that we are not yet capable of doing so. Why not? Because we don’t speak the language, we don’t understand the DHH context, and we haven’t been trained the way each organization requires.

Hence the new goal: prepare you to engage with the DHH community for the rest of your life.

Program Structure & Deliverables

  • Typical school day, 9-3:30.
  • Four days per week students participate in a 2-hour ASL class. Language acquisition tested on 3/10, 3/17, & 3/24.
  • Two days per week, students meet with partners representing a range of experiences and disciplines. External Investigations to be referenced in individual reflection and group micromentary.
  • In collaborative groups, students create micro-mentaries respectively focusing on the issues of Education & Health (FR & SO), Politics & Economics (JR & SR) to communicate the context of the DHH community.
  • Individually, students produce a reflective blog post featuring a video and their key interviews.

Weekly Focus
  • March 3: Frame Experiential Term: Why DHH? Who DHH? How will we overcome the limitations for our current involvement? Which requisite preparations must we undergo in order to be of value as volunteers? What are fundraising campaigns and why are they critical to the success of civic ventures?
  • March 10 & 17: Immerse yourself in DHH language (ASL) and culture. Explore your theme.
  • March 24: Closure, reflection, and Final Presentations


In case you missed Final Presentations last Thursday — they were excellent by the way — please review the latest OnIns (Online Installations). We will share more of these and photos from presentations in the next post.  Many thanks to the students for stepping up, and to our guests for braving the miserable weather to come out and support the crew!

New posts:

Followed by (LINK):
  • Light & Sound — pinhole cameras
  • Forbidden Books — become a gadfly
  • Journalism — meaning of life

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