City Hall School goes virtual to keep students learning from home

May 6 2020, 12:05 pm

Edmonton’s City Hall School is moving online to give students another way to learn while at home.

City Hall School is a week-long, inquiry-based, hands-on learning experience for Grades 1 to 12, to learn more about municipal politics, community, and the services provided at City Hall.

Now, in a new video series on YouTube with City Hall School teacher Linda Hut and various student reporters, students can access important knowledge about civic participation right from home.

Hut and the student reporters will interview city employees and politicians to bring some of City Hall School’s in-person curriculum to life.

In the first video, one of the student reporters gets to interview Mayor Don Iveson.

“Connection and community are really important during this time of isolation,” Hut says.

“Through Virtual City Hall School, we are able to build connections between students and the city, highlight some of the work city people are doing, and bring students hope, along with activities to explore based on the conversations.”

Schools in Edmonton have been closed since March 16, and City Hall School, previously a one-week in-person program, has not been able to provide its typical programming.

Virtual City Hall School can be found as a playlist on the City’s YouTube channel.

New videos will be added daily.