Last Thursday, Linda O'Toole and I had the great gift of being with 11 wonderful young people from the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation. What was supposed to be 8 students, grew to 11 and it was a profoundly beautiful experience.
The students came from four different schools and while they did not know each other in the beginning, you would have thought they had known each other for years at the end. It was very gratifying to hear their answers and to see their concepts come to life in their paintings. They all supported each other tremendously and the paintings showed their deep desire to help create change in education.
Here is a look at their paintings. Each one tells a story about the learning experience that each group would love to create. More on that later:
We want to thank Aaron, Charleigh, Emma, Giani, Jose, Journey, Karla, Nick, Sam, Sebastian,and Will for committing to this project and for being so present throughout. As soon as all of the permission slips are in, we will put up a slide show of the Listening Session.
We also want to thank Meg Wall for her hard work in coordinating and scheduling everything and for making the process go so smoothly. She has a tremendous love of young peope and they respond to her in amazing ways.
And a special thanks to Linda, who sees the beauty of young people, stands for their voices to be heard and is such an amazing supporter of Imagine Learning.