Inspire Girls Academy
Inspire Girls Academy works to transform the lives of girls by equipping them with the leadership skills and the confidence to explore their idea and opinions through project-based learning. Founded in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) concepts the girls discover their passion through approaching problems, experimenting and finding solutions through trial and error in after school and summer camp based engagements.
Inspire was intended to open as a private school, but pivoted in order to reach more students as an after-school and summer camp program. They needed an engaging curriculum that could be used across multiple grade levels (PreK-4th grade) and implemented in a wide range of environments. In addition, they needed support adapting content for partnerships and growth opportunities.
RYE’s experienced educators went to work establishing a dynamic curriculum that supported NGSS and CASEL standards while focusing on real-world based engagement. RYE supported trainings of teachers to ensure fidelity of the new curriculum’s implementation. With rigor at the forefront, RYE wanted Inspire girls to be challenged to take risks and learn from their classmates through a variety of themes. As Inspire has grown, RYE continues to create new content that upholds INSPIRE’s STEAM model.
RYE-authored lesson plans aligned to NGSS, CASEL and NGSS curriculum through project-based learning.
Support growth through community partnerships and engage in neighborhood-based marketing
Conduct site visits to reflect on curriculum implementation
Create protocols for best-practices to strengthen Professional Development
Because of RYE support and guidance, Inspire has now grown their offerings to support 16 after-school programs and 3 summer camps annually, resulting in the ability to impact over 500 girls annually throughout Chicagoland. In addition, they successfully piloted a school day based engagement for K-2 at a CICS Charter School. With this clearer pathway of growth, Inspire will be taking the next step to package their curriculum to scale as a nationwide after-school program.