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The Intergenerational School

The Intergenerational School enables children to learn in a timeframe and manner that suits their individual capabilities. Age is not the single, most important factor in organizing the educational environment and experiences. Students learn and thrive in flexible multi-age classes based on developmental needs. They learn in their own way and at their own pace for an individually tailored experience.


Executive Director: Brooke King

Lead Partner: Gil Lowenthal

Years of Engagement: 2010 -2012

Total SVP Impact

 Value of volunteer hours from partners and friends   $ 19,800
 SVP direct financial contributions (grants awarded)   $ 22,500
 Indirect contributions because of introduction by SVP   $ 500
 Projected operational impact from SVP-supported projects/initiatives 


SVP grant was leveraged 190%   $42,800  

Strengthening The Intergenerational School

Results and Accomplishments:

Use of SVP’s grants: to purchase software for student evaluation and marketing

  • TIS made progress in developing a specialized data system to fit their educational model to track student progress in very individualized learning plans.
  • TIS opened its second school on the Near West Side while dealing with challenges including adapting to the new organizational structure with Breakthrough Charter Schools as the umbrella organization, issues with its landlord, its charter sponsor and with CMSD, AND with Brooke out early in the year on maternity leave!

Volunteer Partners/Friends of SVP and their Key Contributions

  • Gil Lowenthal (Lead Partner) provided general assistance to Brooke in adjusting to the many changes and issues identified above.  Brooke indicated that she valued the time and advice/guidance from Gil.
  • Dominique River advised TIS on its compensation strategy for teachers.
  • Mark Moresky (friend of Gil) began to identify software to determine which can be adapted to TIS’ unique student evaluation systems.
  • Stacey Miller (friend of Rob Martens) assisted in writing an RFP for a customized data system for student evaluation. She branched out to work with all of the schools in Breakthrough.
  • Mary Bright helped Brooke strategize ways to prepare the Board for committee changes and bylaws revision.
  • Susan Troia (friend of Gil) provided major direction for TIS’ first (and successful) fundraiser and aided the new (first) full time Development director.