The Staten Island Region continues to make excellent progress in its steadfast goal of becoming the “Future of Education” on Staten Island.
As in every new venture, Staten Island Catholic schools partner to provide the very best of innovative programs for our students, whether regional, parish-based, or private school.
As in many other regions, blended learning is at the forefront of the region’s initiatives as we continue to infuse technology in our classrooms. Our schools have evolved from computer labs of the past to interactive classrooms equipped with such invaluable tech assets as SMART Boards and projectors, Smart TVs, InFocus JTouch Interactive Displays and Projectors, iPads and ChromeBooks.
In addition, we are exceedingly proud to announce our newest collaboration with the Richmond County Savings (RCS) Foundation. Through the RCS Foundation’s generosity, we now offer blended learning from Kindergarten through 8th grade with ChromeBooks in the classroom, thereby preparing our youngest students with a technology-enriched curriculum. The Academy of St. Dorothy, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Our Lady Help of Christians, Sacred Heart, St. Adalbert, St. Charles, and St. Rita schools join Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Peter-St. Paul, and St. Teresa school as our newest blended learning schools, and the list continues to grow rapidly.
We are continuing our partnership with St. Joseph by the Sea High School through their Seamless Online Learning Experience (SOLE), which exposes our students to college-level programs. Piloted in 2013 for 8th graders, the partnership now includes more than 11 schools and is offered at many schools in grades 6-8. Using iPad technology, the SOLE program introduces students to the innovative Blackboard online learning system utilized by countless colleges. Our students receive weekly visits from top-quality professors and student mentors who support our students’ academic success.
This past year, through the SOLE program, students participated in the First Annual Robotics Competition, which welcomed teams from every school and featured competition in various categories. Moving forward, the innovative SOLE program will expand to include the First Robotics Lego Competition with the theme of “Animal Allies.” This theme will integrate science and environmental fitness with artistic creativity and enable students to explore how ecosystems work and how infrastructures can be built which allow them to cooperate in the growing and flourishing of an ecosystem.