MC2 Selected for Excellence and Innovation in Secondary Schools

February 16, 2016 |  Benjamin Morrison
MC2 STEM High School

MC2 STEM High School

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MC2 Segment: Digital Equity and College/Career Readiness: Diversifying Students in STEM 2:00 – 2:20 p.m. (ET)

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, DC non-profit, announced that Cleveland’s MC2 STEM High School was one of three recipients of its Excellence and Innovation in Secondary Schools award and will be featured during the organization’s Digital Learning Day Live event on February 17. Created by the Alliance for Excellent Education in 2012, Digital Learning Day (#DLDay) is a nationwide celebration that highlights great teaching and demonstrates how technology can improve student outcomes.

“From small, rural towns to large, urban cities, Digital Learning Day will spotlight educators, policymakers, and others who are leading the charge to close the digital divide in their communities,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “After a national search for schools and school districts that are making a difference for students in socioeconomically disadvantaged and traditionally underserved communities, MC2 STEM rose to the top not just for its effective use of technology, but also because of its success preparing students of color for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.”

“We are so honored that the Alliance for Excellent Education recognized the hard work that MC2 STEM’s teachers, students, community members, and partners have put into making MC2 STEM a successful, innovative environment for our students,” said Feowyn A. MacKinnon, head of school at MC2 STEM.

Consistently graduating more than 90 percent of its largely African American student population, MC2 was created through a public-private partnership, which includes Cleveland State University and General Electric, to provide for real-world project-based digital learning experiences for students in STEM fields.

MC2 STEM places a large emphasis on internships and job shadowing and students are assigned job-site mentors at each campus, allowing them to connect with a STEM professional in an impactful way. Much of the work completed at MC2 STEM is project-based, pushing students to work collaboratively and across subjects.

At 2 p.m. (ET) during Digital Learning Day Live, MacKinnon, Debbie Jackson, associate professor at Cleveland State University, and Amanda Smith, community programs coordinator at Nela Park, General Electric Lighting and Current, will join moderator Rafranz Davis, executive director of professional and digital learning at Lufkin Independent School District (TX), for a live digital discussion on Diversifying Students in STEM.

MC2 was also selected after a rigorous review process that included more than five dozen schools and districts. The two other winners of the award were Warsaw Community Schools in Indiana and the Santa Ana Unified School District in California.


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