In El Paso, Texas, the Ignite My Future in School (IMFIS) program helped a school district with unique challenges provide their students with access to the skills and learning that will be essential for success in the 21st century.
Pete Delgado is a middle school teacher from the El Paso Independent School District, in Texas. Located right on the Texas/Mexico border, El Paso is one of the most easily-accessible entry points for illegal immigration into the United States, which presents the school system with unique challenges around language and immigration status.
One of the tools Pete has to empower these students is IMFIS which offers lesson plans and study materials that weave computational thinking into core curriculum subjects like math, sciences, and social studies.
“IMFIS provides a type of learning that goes beyond the classroom,” Pete says. “It empowers students to apply computational and problem-solving thinking to all aspects of their lives, and that’s especially valuable because many of these students wouldn’t have had access to this kind of learning before.”
IMFIS has engaged more than 669,000 students and 11,300 educators in 170 school districts across all 50 states in the U.S.
In addition to being a participating teacher, Pete is also a Learning Leader within the IMFIS teacher network.
“I’ve been able to collaborate with educators across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico,” Pete explains, “which means students leave my classroom as global citizens.”
Learn more at www.ignitemyfutureinschool.org