An exciting opportunity for us to build the capacity of STEM teacher leaders and parents at the Bay Area’s All Points North STEM Innovation School – Alpha: Jose Hernandez Middle School proved incredibly fortuitous when COVID-19 arrived in the U.S. Thanks to a grant from All Points North Foundation prior to the pandemic, our partner school had tools and resources to allow it to implement distance learning successfully, ensuring students stayed on track with their studies during the 2019-2020 school year – the most difficult one in our lifetime.
When schools were forced to close, PowerMyLearning’s Blended Learning Manager Kendra Frank mobilized quickly, helping teachers expedite a transition to online learning. Teachers participated in weekly remote coaching sessions through Zoom, and received a weekly email listing resources to help them support students’ learning from home. Kendra also helped Alpha: Jose Hernandez Middle School conduct its first-ever virtual science fair for 7th and 8th grade students, a successful event that brought the school community together during a difficult time.
We are grateful to All Points North Foundation for its generous support of our entry into distance learning.