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Intergenerational School

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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: See attached

Programs: The intergenerational school connects , creates and guides a multigenerational community of lifelong learners and spirited citizens. It serves about 250 k-8 students with an innovative developmental approach that includes real life experiences and community relationships. The intergenerativity project was a months-long collaboration between the intergenerational school community- board members, mentors, students, teachers and parents, judson smart living residents, and case western reserve university professor and pulitzer prize winner, jim sheeler and his college students, as well as the story bridge theatre arts company. Using the story bridge process, multiple stories were collected from our community members ages 6-90 and were brought to life in an interactive place that featured a promenade of vignettes (with our own students, parents, and volunteers as actors) and a community dance for all participants. The intergenerational schools are also recipients of the national eisner prize for intergenerational excellence. The eisner prize recognizes individuals or non-profit organizations for efforts to unite multiple generations- especially seniors and youth- and bring about positive, lasting changes in their communities. Each multi-age classroom (spanning 3-4 year of age and varied abilities), creates a dynamic and individualized learning environment where everyone can be both a teacher and learner. Progressing at their own pace, students move fluidly through developmental stages based on mastery (no social promotion). Students regularly interact with diverse adults and elders who participate as mentors, tutors and co-learners. Community partnerships are key and every class adopts a long term care facility's residents for regular visits and activities.

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