Launch of M-cubed

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January 30, 2017

Hi Friends,

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.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Link:
http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/education/2017/...

Milwaukee Public Radio Link:
http://wuwm.com/post/mps-seeks-increase-graduation...

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,
Danae

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 people.

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.


Anthony McHenry
Chief Executive Officer Milwaukee Academy of Science


Danae Davis | Executive Director
Milwaukee Succeeds
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