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The Inter-Generational School: Because We Are Wiser Together

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The Inter-Generational School: Because We Are Wiser Together

Time: January 10, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: UC Santa Cruz, Kresge College Seminar Room #159
Street: 1156 High Street
City/Town: Santa Cruz
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Event Type: world, cafe, presentation, and, conversation
Organized By: David Shaw
Latest Activity: Jan 10, 2017

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Join us for a 30 minute presentation from Peter Whitehouse, founder of The Intergenerational School in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by a lively 90 minute inter-generational conversation hosted by UCSC World Cafe. What makes inter-generational connections work well, and what limits them? What becomes possible when we connect across generations for academic, personal, professional and political value?

Founded in 2000 by Dr. Cathy Whitehouse & Dr. Peter Whitehouse, The Intergenerational School has consistently been recognized as one of the leading public charter schools in the country. TIS is located in Cleveland, Ohio, serves grades K-8, and is a free public school. 

TIS guides hundreds of K-8 students through an intergenerational learning community dedicated to academic mastery, where students learn in multi-age classrooms and work with learned adults and elders. Classes span a range of ages (spanning 3-4 years), as teachers ensure students are prepared to be successful at each subsequent stage, as well as fostering an enthusiasm for lifelong learning. 

Our educational model was born from the desire to create a school that honored and respected children and enabled them to each learn in a time frame and manner that suited their individual capabilities. To do this meant rejecting age as the single most important factor in organizing the educational environment and experiences. 

Our schools were founded on two mainstay principles:
Learning is a lifelong developmental process
Knowledge is socially constructed

About Peter J. Whitehouse MD, PhD
Peter is a Professor of Neurology and former or current Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Bioethics, History, Nursing and Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and President of Intergenerational Schools International. He is also currently a strategic advisor in innovation at Baycrest Health Center. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and MD-PhD (Psychology) from The Johns Hopkins University (with field work at Harvard and Boston Universities), followed by a Fellowship in Neuroscience and Psychiatry and a faculty appointment at Hopkins. In 1986 he moved to Case Western Reserve University to develop the University Brain Health & Memory Center. He is coauthor of “The Myth of Alzheimer’s: what you aren’t being told about today’s most dreaded diagnosis.” ( and hundreds of academic papers and book chapters. In 1999 he founded with his wife, Catherine, The Intergenerational School, a unique public multiage, community school (

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