The 2019 – 2020 school year was one for the history books. When we entered the buildings in the fall, we never would have imagined ending the school year learning remotely. The pivot from in-person learning to remote learning was challenging, but our community of Lifelong Learners rallied together to rise to the occasion!
At the core of the Intergenerational Schools’ remote learning plan were centering relationships and recommitting to Lifelong Learning. We took this as an opportunity to dig into our roots as an innovative community-centered learning institution. We were determined to continue delivering high-quality education despite the unprecedented circumstances. The response from our teachers, administrators, and staff was swift and strong. A few of our accomplishments include:
- Connecting with 98% of our students by the end of the first week of remote learning
- Providing 53 hot spot devices with wireless internet service to any student who expressed a need
- Providing 395 Chromebooks to any student who expressed a need
- Engaging 250 students in summer school and leveraging our social media channels to provide weekly Storytime, Art Lessons, and Yoga classes to everyone.
This year’s Annual Report lifts the stories of our families, teachers, students, and volunteer Learning Partners. Innovative Intergenerational Learning took student writing out of the classroom and into an audiobook recording project, complete with music composed and performed by a student. Specials Teachers kept students’ bodies moving and creativity flowing, all while keeping families connected to the school community throughout quarantine. And missing the quality education, engagement, and support provided by the Intergenerational schools, the Floyd family returned to Lakeshore this Fall.
All of these experiences contributed to the development of our 2020 – 2021 Boundless Learning Reopening Plan. We are saddened to not begin the school year in the buildings with our students, but we also know school is where students learn. Our job as educators is to be the conduit by which students receive instruction, no matter where or how they are connecting. These are new waters for all us, but the opportunity to meet the needs of our families by delivering a high-quality education in a remote environment is invigorating. We look forward to the innovation and new partnerships formed during this year of Boundless Learning!
Brooke King, Executive Director, Intergenerational Schools