Shoulder to Shoulder and Imagine Community Academy offers comprehensive mentoring that includes personalized instruction and self-directed learning to underserved, underperforming middle and high school students so they can become free to imagine and realize their future.


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What Are Facts Without Context?

  With today’s technology at our fingertips, it is simply not necessary to memorize a ton of facts to be a successful student. I would argue that insisting students remember facts does not prepare them for college, career or to become functional adults. The reasoning that “learning by memorizing” is inadequate for students to become […]

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Facts Do Not Teach Students How To Think

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Ok. That is great, but what motivated Columbus to set sail for new lands? What kinds of obstacles and unforeseen challenges did Columbus and his crew face as they set off? How did he interact with the people in the new lands he discovered? Should we regard Columbus […]

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When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

Trauma in students’ lives takes a toll on the emotional and physical wellbeing of the teachers. Alysia Ferguson Garcia remembers the day two years ago that ended in her making a call to Child Protective Services. One of her students walked into drama class with what Garcia thought of as a “bad attitude” and refused […]

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