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The met everybody -- next guest is -- hunt -- not good -- up the executive director of the Howard middle school high high doing your name.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- We're talking about how universities middle school mathematics and science.
You can tell us about this program how it's helping young students.
Better pursue careers especially in technology.
Certainly in 2005.
Took the bold steps for founding the public charter middle school located directly on the university's campus.
With the primary aim of addressing how we're preparing our young people.
For the careers in stem education.
As we know the United States has fallen woefully behind it in a national.
Here countries when it comes to how will preparing our students not just an every educational role but particularly within science and math.
2010 piece -- result from the came out extremely alarming.
Showed that US ranked 23 when he came to science.
-- students assessments and 31 when it came to mathematics so Howard University said obviously we need to do something about it because particularly when it comes to.
Black and Latinos and under other under -- -- minorities.
Those numbers are even even wolf -- more drastic right so what MS where it is where affectionately known how the university middle school math math and science those.
Is looks to accelerate the education of students not just to bring them up to proficiency.
But to take them -- levels of mastery by introducing extreme rigor.
Within the stem disciplines as well as unique course offerings that are typically made available at the middle school level.
With -- practical component that exposes kids to hands on project based learning.
We offer such things for all of our students like robotics.
Mechanical engineering -- one of our newest programs is actually a program called start at middle school and we'll start at middle school we -- traditional computer science education.
With -- -- studies and what we do is we bring in professionals.
From the outside world to help to teach our middle school students.
How not only to start their own businesses but the how to actually developed the -- pools that they will need to create those business.
Any idea of what your success rate is that the best -- said he'd been doing this since 05 -- it.
Yes absolutely so right out the box we we we extra experience extreme success so first and foremost when it comes the task force.
When it comes to testing in the District of Columbia we -- since our inception in 2005 our students have ranked in the top 5% for the district.
We -- can be very clear that we don't focus just on testing we know that in order for our kids to get an upper edge I'm not just nationally domestically we talk like internationally against such companies countries as China and India.
Who were leading the way when it comes -- stem education we know we have to go far beyond just proficiency.
Right so what we we have been able to measure and see is that our students have gotten into some of -- the top high schools in the variable.
Locally regionally and nationally as we have national charter school boarding schools become the -- recruit are students.
As well we have our second class of students.
Graduates that are now in college so we've had two coal ports that that -- -- at the college.
And overwhelmingly about 95% of our kids have gone on to particulate in college but even beyond that we're noticing that.
Over 50% of them are choosing -- -- -- is quite interesting because we look at particularly.
Black and Latino students particularly those from -- social economic communities overwhelmingly we see that those that are choosing stem careers and going on -- system.
This professions is extremely -- just as an example we take computer science computer science it's estimated -- by the year 28 team.
They'll be over one point two million jobs in computer science industry.
However -- -- the where's the where's the workforce for that currently we have nowhere near.
The workforce and those educated coming out of college with the know how to go into those jobs right -- look at black.
And so when we go look at black -- Latino in particular when you look at the Silicon Valley tech workforce less than 3% of that workforce is comprised of black and Latino.
Absolutely in women are under represented as well on there is a push to get women into the stem fields as well.
As what -- tatters wants you know and this is the charter school cracked.
Yes it -- still wary of getting your money from -- the funding coming from.
So overwhelmingly were publicly funded just like any other public school across the country -- and in addition we work with a number of generous partners to help support huge company for example.
Yet did for example the start of middle school program the pilot that we started a pilot last year.
For about six weeks and that was supported by Comcast Microsoft in Donald Graham of the Washington Post Co.
We've also had partnerships with a cool.
As well as a number of other -- not only corporations but as well as government entities such as -- the EPA.
In SF and these things are critical because we talk about providing an education particularly in the stem disciplines.
Your average school teacher is not going to have the expertise in the know how industry and a discipline specific know how.
To provide that.
So it's important that we that we partner with these corporate and government partners perfect examples of program called its heels by Microsoft would actually bring in tech.
Workforce folks from industry into the classroom to help teach and in eight.
You know unfortunately.
Because we see the negative statistics particularly in urban areas of the numbers of high dropout rates the number of folks were not completed.
And you went -- and interrupt you right here say I know that you can talk about this war.
Clearly -- I can.
What are the issues and one of the reasons why the poverty rate nationally is hovering at 15% has been for a while is that a lot of families are.
Single parents working and a lot of those families are headed by women of color.
Who just aren't -- on the salaries to provide for children.
So all of this if more schools follow your model I mean this is a way to eradicate.
The high level property that we're -- here in the US.
It enough actual week we have to prepare ourselves for the fact that we shifted from an industrial economy to an intelligence -- economy.
And not just at the entry level but at the highest levels of we want our students to be -- to compete with the best and brightest from around the world.
Countries that have been dedicated to preparing the young people for stem disciplines.
For decades before us at a higher level we.
Have to do this not just a little pockets.
But aggressively across the board and that's one of the things that we love about what.
The bold initiative that Howard University is taken and it's not just this one school educating the small number of people.
Part of our charter is to work collaborative -- with other public charter schools and other public schools.
And helping to spread this type of -- of -- -- with all the programs that we mentioned that's what we pride ourselves and is -- -- With our neighborhood schools is this -- it longer.
Absolutely our school day is longer to provides two extra periods per day our school year is longer as wells we have Saturday academies for those.
I don't look and we'll ask him I think parents reception to that you know there's a lot of parents out there who just don't want their kids to do a lot of -- and think if you just sometime yeah.
Spending but what's the parents are.
Yeah absolutely overwhelmingly at every orientation I let our parent community know that BN and -- -- student is hard.
But being an Amos -- part a parent is even harder.
Because it's a partnership whatever school you go to whether you're going to a a struggling school or whether you're going to the creme de -- -- private school you have to work.
Collaborative league with the parents of with the school to make sure we're getting the best outcomes for students and so yes while the workload is difficult and we let -- Parents and students know that they're gonna have more homework than they've ever had in -- At the end of the day every parent wants what's best for -- job.
Even if they don't even if they don't know what that even looks like there's nothing that they don't want for their -- and that's what we're committed to.
Giving not just a good education but the superior top flight education.
Fiance thank you so much for everything that you're dealing.
That was so I think he will now I hope I hope that you continue to make a difference in the lives of so many people.
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