INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Two Indianapolis-based education providers have formed a partnership they say will help shape the future of education. Cathedral High School and Crossroads Education say their partnership will provide peer tutoring and an industry level, project-based STEM program.
Crossroads and Cathedral say the effort aims to better equip students as they navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The long-term goal of the program is to expose students to future problems they can solve as well as promote the opportunity for internships and talent development at the high school level.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to provide students industry level experience at the high school level and bridge the gap between industry and K-12 education,” said Andrew Salmon, Crossroads’ chief admin officer. “Through this program, we can connect students to industry partners who are leading in innovation.”
A Learning Commons, which is a resource center for students, is being designed within Cathedral to create a collaborative learning environment that the partners say aims to help students to understand math more effectively. Cathedral says the setup provides access to learning tools outside of the classroom through Crossroads’ virtual collaboration platform Nexus. Crossroads is also providing new furniture, whiteboard tables and technology.
“This partnership is a manifestation of our team’s belief that to innovate in education we must include students as part of the learning ecosystem, where they are asked to serve others through the joyful activity of tutoring,” Crossroads Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin Berkopes said. “We believe Cathedral High School is a cornerstone partner, one that pushes us to execute our services at the highest level possible.”
Cathedral says tutors are given service hours and scheduled to tutor during their free periods and before and after school. The Learning Commons is available to the entire school and open throughout the day.
In addition to the Learning Commons, Cathedral has hired Crossroads Education to run the Cathedral STEM Program with a focus on project-based learning and industry relationship.
The first course of this program will involve programming and designing a smart city. Cathedral says industry professionals from BLN Engineering, EntryPoint Networks, TMGcore, and American Structurepoint are participating in providing industry-level context for students.