Natalia Vanegas (8th grade science and 6-8 Spanish) and Nicole Chiarello Guyon (Learning Specialist) received their certificates for completing the FUSE Fellows program at FUSE Fest 2018 on June 12. Community Prep has been the only independent school to participate so far. Judging from the applause from the crowd when they accepted their diplomas, they have made a very positive impression on the other teachers and district leaders in their cohort. The FUSE Fellows program is now in more than 25 school districts across the state and is reaching into more and more classrooms. Programs are launching in New York and California as well.
Natalia and Nikki are pictured here with RI Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner. Launched by the Highlander Institute and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Fuse RI strives to share, implement, evaluate, and scale blended learning by working with educators and districts across the state. Blended learning allows teachers to implement technology which permits them to work with smaller groups, allows groups of students to work more collaboratively, and gives teachers real-time data on student progress. And, Natalia and Nikki have been bringing these best practices to help students, both at CP and in other schools--including Rhode Island College teacher education classes.
Congrats Natalia and Nikki for all their hard work and for letting so many folks know about the great things that happen at CP!