Shoulder to Shoulder and Imagine Community Academy offer 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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IMAGINE Community Academy Needs More Robotic Kits!

ICA students Vernon and Isay test drive a mini-robot they programmed to control using a smartphone.   Perhaps the most compelling reason for more robotics curriculum and kits at IMAGINE Community Academy is that it introduces our students to knowledge, concepts, and skills needed for understanding the intelligent information-based technology of the future:  technology that […]

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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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