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From the Executive Director

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The Faculty of RSTA and I welcome our students, their families, and all the community supporters who are a part of RSTA, to our program’s website for the 2019-2020 school year.

In June 2019, RSTA thanked and said farewell to several great educators: Business Education teacher and supervisor of The School Store Larry Rubin, Cooperative Education Coordinator Jaci Rubin, and Biotechnology Teacher Dr. Joan Abrams, began the retirement leg of their life’s journeys. We are exceptionally fortunate to have been able to hire four outstanding educators who are ready, willing, and able to pick up where the recently retired have left off. I am delighted to welcome to the RSTA faculty Ms. Jacqui Cesario, who has taught recently in the History Department of CRLS to teach Business Education and to operate The School Store; Dr. Hiroko Kaczmarek, as full-time Biotech Teacher for Dr. Abrams, Pei Chu, an added faculty member who will teach half-time Biotech and half-time Biology in the CRLS Science Department, and Kassie Rodriguez-Graham, who will teach the Career Planning segment of Exploratory and who will focus on the development of Career Plans with all RSTA 9th and 10th graders. I am delighted with these four individuals and look forward to their inspiring our students in the years ahead.

RSTA faculty will continue in the CPS efforts to Build Equity in their ongoing support for student growth and achievement. To this end, RSTA teachers will be seeking to develop meaningful connections with families of our students to identify and use ways to “spark” our students’ passion and helps motivate them to success.

RSTA teachers will be devoting much of their Professional Development work this year on expanding and refining their instructional knowledge in the area of “Assessing and Recording Student Learning” in their labs, shops, and classes. Additionally, RSTA teachers will be working collaboratively with each other to learn to use student growth and achievement data more meaningfully and applying them in effective ways.

In response to feedback we have received over the last few years, we are continuing to offer access to Freshmen in several programs and have modified our 9th Grade Exploratory course by clarifying Student Learning Objectives in the areas of self-awareness, and matching personal skills & interests with career options.

This year, the Carpentry program will be implementing major initiatives (both very generously supported by local labor unions and construction firms) that will expand learning and open the doors to students who might not have considered enrolling in them in the past.

The Computer Science program will be featuring multiple sections of the popular “Programming with Arduinos” course, in which students learn to build small robots and control them to perform amazing things. The Information Technology program is adding considerable content in the areas of network safety and cyber security.

As the value of WorkPlace Learning (WPL) becomes even more evident, we are collaborating with others in the academic departments of CRLS and some well-designed software to help establish appropriate and challenging WPL experiences for 11th and 12th graders. Individuals employers, corporations, and small businesses are invited to contact the RSTA Coordinator of Career Advising, Sara Reese (sreese@cpsd.us or (617.349.6765), if you are interested in partnering with us by providing a job-shadow, internship, or Cooperative Education placement for a well-qualified RSTA junior or senior at your workplace..

We look forward to another exciting and interesting year for the students and faculty of RSTA. Please come and visit – I’d love to share with you the great things that are being done here to help prepare our students for success in life after high school.

Dr. Mike Ananis