How might seniors become champions for remaking learning? This meetup will focus on connecting resources and opportunities that leverage the time and talent of seniors in the greater Pittsburgh region.
Students from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and other Remake Learning Network members met for light food and discussion at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Squirrel Hill Branch on June 28th, 2017. A conversation recap can be found here.
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A full and detailed recap is available upon request by emailing the Network Community Manager, Ani Martinez email@example.com
Why talk about engaging senior citizens? After 10 years of involvement with the Remake Learning Network, Norton Gusky still noticed there isn’t a strong thread for older adults to get involved in the Network. He supports this work through a class at CMU for Osher students all about the work of the Network.
We started the Meetup with a quick conversation about the suggested pre-reading, “Students Can Gain Wisdom from a Senior” where it became evident that the interest of those in the room aligned with one of the core values of the Network, collaboration. However, for older adults, approaches to build multi-generation programs have been “unsatisfying,” and that the digital divide for many older adults is still largely unaddressed across institutions.
At Remake Learning, we envision a future in which the creative partners of the Network support each other to ensure that learning is engaging, relevant, and equitable. We see a future in the Greater Pittsburgh Region consistently, across projects, organizations, and programs, in which learning derives from deep and caring relationships between learners and their families, peers, educators, and mentors. This is just one of the core values of the Network that a powerful conversation like engaging older adults has uncovered. Please follow Remake Learning through our eblast and social media for the release of our new Mission, Vision, and Values statement later this summer!
Our conversation looked at successful approaches, like HOMAGO; shared many challenges and resources for mentoring and volunteering; and pointed out some of the more complicated nuances when it comes to engaging older adults. Read all the notes on this Google Doc!