Verizon Champions Innovative STEM Programs at 5 Rhode Island Schools
The Verizon Innovate Learning Grant program recognizes and supports promising initiatives to increase STEM learning and interest in K-12 schools. The Verizon Foundation awarded a total of $220,000 to eleven schools/districts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The winners are among 100 schools nationwide to receive a grant to improve STEM education. Schools here in the Ocean State include:
Carl Lauro Elementary School, Providence:
Carl Lauro Elementary School will use funding to partner with the Highlander Institute to provide a technology focused professional development workshop for teachers in grades 3-5. The workshops advance a blended learning practice so that technology is better integrated into curriculum instruction. As a result, the school expects to see increased technology use and comfort, advancement of student achievement in mathematics and more targeted differentiation of supports to students with special needs and for English Language Learners.
Harry Kizirian Elementary School, Providence:
Kizirian Elementary School will use the grant to create a school-based blended learning plan. The plan will focus on cost-effective solutions to addressing gaps in student comfort with technology and mathematics, through blended learning. The plan will include training a cadre of teacher leaders to effectively use technology in their classrooms, and transfer these practices to their peers. Teachers will then implement blended learning practices in their classrooms, and measure the impact of blended learning on student achievement.
Pawtucket School Department, Pawtucket:
The Pawtucket School Department's Child Opportunity Zone will use funding for a multifaceted STEM program, with the primary emphasis on students at the Pawtucket School Department's alternative high school, Pawtucket Learning Academy (PLA). The program will develop STEM programming options and enhance the capacity of students at the PLA to access similar programs, supplies and curriculum materials as their peers in the two comprehensive high schools and middle schools.
San Miguel Education Center, Providence:
Verizon SMARTkids program will support the San Miguel School STEM initiative by accelerating implementation of Robotics and Coding to provide students with engaging, curriculum-based, hands-on learning applications, with the goal to close proficiency and interest gaps faced by children from low-income environments. The skills acquired from a STEM-based education will give students the tools needed to navigate in school, college and ultimately, a global economy.
Sheila “Skip” Nowell Academy, Providence:
Nowell Leadership Academy will team up with STEAM Box to offer programs that would incorporate STEAM into the classroom. Students will learn software engineering through computer design, and programming as well as visual arts programs such as Photoshop. The students will participate in different roles and practice their team building skills.