Last week, I had the pleasure to attend the Launch of M-cubed, a
partnership between Milwaukee Public Schools, MATC and UWM with a
focus and commitment to work collaboratively to provide a seamless
transition from high school to postsecondary education for
Milwaukee students. The launch was to a packed house of diverse
education, community and business leaders and I’m sure all would
agree that we are all inspired by what has already transpired, but
more importantly, what these three institutions will do together
for our young people and their families! Here are a couple of links
to media coverage about the event.
And I am so very happy to share Anthony McHenry’s perspective about
exciting support from Milwaukee Succeeds for the Milwaukee Academy
of Science to introduce career options in a very real and strategic
way for MAS’ scholars. A bit about Anthony-In my time as a member
of this community, and as one who cares deeply for the future
success of our children, I meet leaders with such a deep passion,
commitment and belief in our children and what they can do and
become and when I do, I am inspired through the work we do together
to make things happen for our children. Anthony McHenry, Chief
Executive Officer of MAS, is one of those rare and wonderful
leaders. It has been my humble honor to join him in our commitment
to improving educational and life outcomes for children and youth
in our community. Enjoy what Anthony is most proud of today.
Take it away Anthony!
See you soon,
The Milwaukee Academy of Science (MAS) recently
celebrated its 16th year serving urban students in the heart of
Milwaukee. MAS is a public charter school that serves over 1,000
K4-12th grade students with a STEM focus. As an exemplary leader in
STEM education, our mission is to graduate urban students prepared
to compete successfully at the post-secondary level.
Recently, about 20 high school sophomores and
juniors at the Milwaukee Academy of Science (MAS) gathered in our
High School lounge and shared their career goals. We heard, “I
would like to be a software engineer... neurologist...
cardiothoracic surgeon… either a pediatrician or an OBGYN, but I
haven’t decided yet…. behavioral psychologist... animator...” I
listened with a mix of emotions. I was impressed; I was shocked; I
was proud of how our focus on science had obviously influenced
their choices. But I was also somewhat troubled. .
On one hand these are worthy, specific, and
ambitious career choices from a group of 15 and 16 year olds! And
for students who come from households in the most impoverished zip
codes in Milwaukee, no one can deny that these responses are
EXACTLY what we want to hear from our young people.
On the other hand, are we doing enough to get students from point A
to point B? These career goals I heard are ambitious! They will
require committed, strategic, and costly educational choices beyond
high school. How can we be sure that when we push all students to
aim high that we also provide them with a path to get there?
Bridging this gap between ambitious goals and actionable goals is
an area of continued growth for MAS. In other worlds, we are
committed to quality Academic and Career Planning for our students
and Milwaukee Succeeds is making that possible.
Over the upcoming semester, MAS students in grades 6-12 will
be able to attend “Future Career Tours” at local organizations,
facilities, and factories to see first-hand the variety of jobs
that exist in STEM-related fields thanks to a generous grant from
Milwaukee Succeeds. Students will learn about the path that
employees took to land those jobs. I am confident this will provide
valuable insight into academic and career planning for our young
In May, students will showcase their experiences, reflections, and
insights from their “Future Careers Tours” using digital media and
presentations. Parents and community partners will see students
share how these opportunities have shaped their views on achieving
their career goals. Engaging students and their families in this
process, over time, is what Academic and Career Planning is all
about. Long term, this support will help us to institutionalize
Academic and Career Planning throughout our curriculum.
MAS is grateful for the support of Milwaukee Succeeds to explore
the impact that taking these tours and showcasing their experiences
will have on our students.
Chief Executive Officer Milwaukee Academy of Science
Danae Davis | Executive Director
101 West Pleasant Street, Suite 210, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Direct: 414.336.7057 www.milwaukeesucceeds.org