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Overview & Purpose

The Listening Project is a community effort, led by leadership in the Asheville City Schools and Asheville City Schools Foundation, to identify current successes and challenges for high school students. A committee of twenty community members and district staff has begun a year-long investigation of student perceptions about the culture at Asheville High School and SILSA. Student responses will be used to create an action plan to address issues such as inequality and services at Asheville High School and SILSA that will be implemented next Fall.


  • Gather student input of student-perceived challenges and opportunities and disaggregate student responses to identify gaps in service, disparities, and unmet needs at AHS/SILSA.
  • Clarify student perceptions of self and community, the whole-school environment, and the academic program at AHS/SILSA during 1:1 interviews.
  • Use student voices to inform an action plan that increases student success at AHS/SILSA and decreases inequities and gaps in service.


September: Steering committees assigned and begin work

October/November: Listeners are recruited

December: Train listeners & Interview students

January/February: UNCA students disaggregate responses

March: Focus Groups

April: Community Summit

May: Create report of recommendations and implementation

June/July: Recommendations shared with staff

August/September: Implementation begins

Will my voice be heard?

Yes. After the student interviews are assessed, there will be an opportunity where
teachers, students and community members can all voice their experiences and
opinions through a facilitated group listening process.



To find out more about past Listening Projects and how the process works:




Listeners are needed for this project. There will be training for listeners to ensure consistency in the process and allow the students to share openly. If you are interested in being a listener please contact Miranda Musiker, miranda.musiker@acsgmail.net.