Together with RoboKind, Gallup-McKinley County Schools will deploy 75 robots across 33 schools.
Gallup-McKinley Partners with RoboKind.
This April, Gallup-McKinley County Schools, New Mexico’s largest geographic district serving over 11,000 students, partnered with RoboKind to deploy an assistive technology and curriculum program to further improve social-emotional outcomes for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
John Overheim, Director of Services for Exceptional Students at Gallup-McKinley, commented:
“We are excited to include Milo and friends in our robust support system for students on the Autism Spectrum, as well as looking for opportunities to expand the use of this technology in the promotion of classrooms that reflect Universal Design for Learning principles and practices. We are looking forward to the implementation and interaction with Milo, Carver, Veda, and Jemi.”
For those that are unfamiliar with our social-emotional learning program, it assists special educators in teaching students with developmental differences social skills needed for emotional regulation, conversations, and other social scenarios. It combines our facially-expressive robot with evidence-based curriculum to improve mastery and generalization.
One of the reasons we are so excited about this partnership is that we get to see the impact when educators commit to system-wide innovation.
Many research initiatives already leveraged our social-emotional program to better understand the impact of assistive technology and evidence-based curriculum goal progression.
In one example, Dr. Shelley Margow used Quantitative Electroencephalo-graph (QEEG) to map the cognitive function of her patients’ brain waves before and after working with [the program].
She stated, “After three months of working with Milo, my students’ mental maps showed a huge change in how their brains received and processed information. This correlated with the changes in the ASD learner’s overall behavior.”
Another study, by South Carolina’s Department of Education, found that ninety percent (90%) of students demonstrated mastery resulting in observable generalizing, transference to human-to-human interaction.
As we work with GMCS, we will be sure to update this post with additional information and insights that might help you improve outcomes in your district!
“We are looking forward to the implementation and interaction with Milo, Carver, Veda, and Jemi,” John concluded.