The Career Institute of Puerto Rico (ICPR) is a network of five campuses providing two year career training in areas such as culinary arts, hospitality, book-keeping, etc. For seven years they have been training their faculty to design MI –inspired projects and giving all students The MIDAS. They began at one campus then trained faculty at a second campus and so on. They now have all five campuses involved in the MI project and all students do their MIDAS upon admission. They have observed an increase in retention along with improved student satisfaction. There is a director of innovation, Mayra Ruiz, who liaisons with faculty at each campus a facilitates the adoption of various development activities such as a MIDAS Café and MIDAS mentors and other awareness building efforts. They have the support of the school’s president and a base of enthusiastic faculty who are committed to student-centered instruction.
It was my honor to participate in their Teacher’s Appreciation Day and share the results of my neural MI investigations. They appeared to be very interested in this topic!
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