While seeking out new programs, Imhotep Charter School came across the RAS program offered by the Milestone C / STEMI team. After numerous engaging and collaborative exchanges, decision-makers learned of the benefits offered by the RAS program that specifically spoke to the needs of the school:
- Comprehensive PL for teachers
- A full complement of teaching resources
- Career-connected curriculum focus
- Remote learning capable
- Engaging and 21st-century relevant material
After joining our education network, teachers participated in a structured professional learning sequence. When the fall semester came about, the program easily adapted into their school mission due to its modular and project-based approach. Imhotep teachers used the technical aspects of the curriculum (knowledge, scaffolding, and project structure) and then adapted the narrative of the projects to meet their unique school mission. Success!
However, with every success story, there are challenges along the way. As if the struggles of the pandemic were not enough, the school had a turnover of staff requiring the retraining of new talent for the course. Milestone C answered their call and held accelerated customized PL sessions to ensure the new educators were fully prepared. Not entirely out of the woods, the Imhotep crew encountered another trial. With the school year quickly approaching, due to the pandemic circumstances the decision was made to be fully remote learning with the students. This meant that the original classroom set of robots, designed for interactive student group use, could not be shared among teams. In response, the Milestone C / STEMI team expedited additional robots to school to support one-to-one, student-robot learning; and provided guidance on how to deliver the course in the modified learning paradigm.