We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2010 LCI Imagination Award, PS 219, the Kennedy-King Elementary School in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. The celebration, and the giving of the $5000 award, took place at the school on the morning of June 23rd as part of the 5th-grade graduation ceremony. In his speech, Lincoln Center Institute’s Executive Director, Scott Noppe-Brandon, praised the school for using principles of teaching that align with LCI’s Capacities for Imaginative Learning, which emphasize students’ ability to—among other qualities—connect study to their lives, whether that study is about math or the issue of homelessness or yesterday’s historic figures. He described how moved the Award board was by PS 219’s application materials, which likened a classroom to a jigsaw puzzle: each child a unique piece with a different size, shape, and pattern, yet all necessary to make the whole picture. “The larger jigsaw puzzle is the world,” Noppe-Brandon said, “where all come together to create the complete picture, and you are all citizens of this country, of the traditions that your parents came from, and of the world.”
You can find an in-depth article about the award and PS 219 in Brooklyn’s Canarsie Courier, and check out the photo album on Facebook. Curious about the Imagination Award? Check out the selection criteria.
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