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FIU Project Panther Life: Learning is for Everyone

Project Panther LIFE: Learning Is For Everyone is a certificate, non-degree program of study which allows students with Intellectual Disabilities to access and participate in a variety of FIU courses, varied job shadowing opportunities throughout campus, supervised employment internship experiences in the community, and other required program and community activities (e.g., Summer Residential Program, online academic... more »
Who are you?

We are Panther LIFE, a postsecondary transition program for students with intellectual disabilities to have a university-based experience and prepare for paid employment. Visit program website for more information http://education.fiu.edu/pantherlife

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Students with Intellectual Disabilities have the poorest post-school outcomes compared to other students with disabilities. Panther LIFE is the only postsecondary transition program in South Florida providing access to a university and preparation for paid employment. By focusing on academic, social, and independent living skills, positive growth can be documented in employment and increased self-esteem as students begin to perceive themselves as more similar to their non-disabled peers.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

To achieve a greater Miami, we need to provide education opportunities for all young people in our community, including those with Intellectual Disabilities. We are working to achieve this goal through Project Panther LIFE, a partnership led by Florida International University in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Parent to Parent of Miami. With the support of The Miami Foundation, we can ensure that learning really is for everyone.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Our program has rapidly grown. Panther LIFE students take university courses, present at conferences, participate in workshops, learn about technology and email etiquette, and gain travel expertise of the Miami Metro System. Students research healthy food choices, participate in scheduled fitness classes, and some even compete in the Special Olympics! All students participate in a job shadowing experience. To date, we have graduated 6 students and 4 are currently employed in the community.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Florida International University

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Hialeah Reads! Literacy Initiative

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The City’s comprehensive literacy program, Hialeah Reads!, was implemented in the summer of 2000. Through Hialeah Reads!, the City of Hialeah has offered one to one reading tutoring for children, small group reading tutoring and intensive reading classes, a computerized reading program for adults and children to aid with English language skills, conversational English classes for adults, one to one basic literacy assistance... more »
Who are you?

The City of Hialeah is a full service city. The Education & Community Services Department offers after-school and camp programs, adult centers, a therapeutic recreation center, and more. City services are of excellent quality and are in high demand.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Over the past 13 years, these free programs have been tailored to the community’s needs as they arise, making them a viable tool to serve the diverse population. The majority of Hialeah students come from homes that speak English as a second language and parents may not be adequately equipped to help their children with reading and homework. Our tutoring programs allow free access to academic assistance that would otherwise be unavailable to low income families.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The Hialeah Reads! Literacy Initiative addresses the data point from The Our Miami Report which focuses on grade school reading proficiency. With a significant percentage of Hialeah students considered English Language Learners, a need has been presented for the City to provide access to quality literacy programming that ensures reading proficiency of school aged children. Hialeah’s partnerships within the community are also fundamental in the success of city programs.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Since 2000, the Hialeah Reads! Literacy Initiative has successfully served 4,000 Hialeah residents in our literacy programs. Tutoring is provided in a productive and consistent setting, allowing participants to focus and gain confidence as they learn. Parents of children who participate in the City of Hialeah literacy program report that their children show noticeable improvement in school. Pre and Post test results for programs also show clear evidence of improvement for most students.

Organization Name (or individuals name) City of Hialeah Education & Community Services

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Developing a Culture of Excellence: Center for Leadership at FIU

In a unique partnership with Miami Northwestern Senior High School, and with the support of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the FIU Center for Leadership is committed to inspiring, motivating, and encouraging Miami Northwestern’s non-instructional staff to connect and develop relationships with their students that will contribute to the student’s overall development and future success.

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Who are you?

The FIU Center for Leadership is a nationally recognized center for leadership research, development, and training. The Center’s leadership development programs were recently ranked #1 among educational institutions in the USA.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Traditionally underachieving ETO schools struggle with issues of morale, student and teacher retention and graduation rates. There are 108 schools in the district identified by ETO as underachieving schools. Students in these schools often lack appropriate role models and sometimes only find structure and positive interaction is from school staff. Given the socio-economic challenges of students at ETO schools, the school environment plays a significant role in students’ overall development.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Education Goal 1: M-D children have access to a quality education: Helping to maintain designated ranking of A for Miami Northwestern. Improved school quality helps future workforce needs and attracts residents and businesses to our community.
Education Goal 2: M-D students thrive academically. Promoting positive school/work environment provides stability and incentive for retention and graduation.

Please give examples of your project's success.

These workshops were created to meet Northwestern's pressing need for broader foundation for maintaining school performance.This year, 2 workshops have been held with more than 50 participants and 190 contact hours. The success has already been acknowledged by school leadership, "I have received great feedback" and "I truly believe you and your team was sent from heaven. I was wondering for years what can be done with staff to meet our service expectations. Finally my dream has come true!"

Organization Name (or individuals name) FIU Center for Leadership

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Countdown to the Classroom - Education of Tomorrow, Today

Countdown Institute is a Miami-based education startup using context based learning to teach computer science and programming. We use real life examples in the context of space exploration to teach these principles.

One of our founders, Ajit Jaokar, teaches machine learning and IoT at Oxford University in UK. Ajit recently worked with 400 computer science teachers to develop curriculum changes in Europe. Countdown Institute's... more »
Who are you?

Countdown Institute teaches computer science and coding using context-based learning. We offer experiential learning opportunities for kids age 10-18.
Our first program, Code in Space uses the context of space exploration using an ArduSat satellite.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Our educational approach is two-fold. First, we use the context-based learning approach shown to be effective for science curriculum. Second, we are developing Countdown to the Classroom to not only bring the educational approach to our students, we are training the teachers as we do so.

The course will be taught by our faculty with the teacher shadowing and assisting in the process. Our teaching the teacher method is our lasting community benefit.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Our Miami Report reveals the following needs:
- Effective teachers most important factor in furthering student achievement,
- M-D County has a high rate of qualified teachers, but lower than US, and
- Availability of instructional resources an important contributor to quality of school.

We address by:
- Context based curriculum based on space exploration,
- Use of affordable open source platforms, and
- Integrated teacher training into our curriculum to have a long lasting impact.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Our first parent response to our program was that this experience was why they moved to Miami. While not all of our citizens have the ability to choose where to live, we all benefit by retaining and attracting talented parents in Miami. Most important of all, we raise the educational standards for all in Miami by improving our schools.

One founder leads efforts to transform computer science curriculum in Europe. Countdown is a Miami startup expanding in Florida and to UK and Dubai in 2015.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Countdown Institute

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Young Women Workshop

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Viernes Culturales will host a 5 hour workshop for underprivileged young women.

We will have speakers from all walks of life who understand these young women and who will have

concrete situations that will impact our attendees.

Our focus is the Little Havana area as we are a staple in the community which is lacking these programs.

Our aim is to guide, sponsor, mentor these young ladies in all walks of their lives.

Who are you?

A cultural hub to Little Havana. A liaison for the artistic community and visitors.To accelerate the transformation of Little Havana’s arts district. To bring people together.To preserve the history of Little Havana via a historic walking tours.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

With the funding we can bring women who have and continue to make an impact in South Florida to empower, guide and mentor the young ladies in our community. We have many agencies that are in dire need of this great program we have in mind for young women to excel in their goals.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Education

Please give examples of your project's success.

Our joint ventures with Connect Familias where we take families to HistoryMiami's Saturdays free museum events. We give symposiums to young artist, musicians in law and marketing.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays Inc

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UMCCE: Pathways to Progress

Access to and success in postsecondary educational pursuits is an important factor in today’s socioeconomic climate, particularly in the United States. A substantial literature indicates that going to college is associated with significant increases in opportunity, income, career achievement, health, and quality of life. In America, however, unequal access to high quality educational opportunities remains a serious challenge.... more »
Who are you?

The University of Miami’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement fosters university-community collaboration by engaging the university’s academic resources in the enrichment of civic and community life in our local, national and global communities.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The program seeks to address the disparities in high school education in Miami-Dade County Public Schools that leave many students unprepared for a college education by increasing educational opportunities for under-served students and improving their access to resources for college preparedness. In addition, the Partnership provides professional development and supplemental instruction resources for high school teachers.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The program seeks not only to increase the number of students who go on to pursue higher education, but also to provide teachers with classroom support and enhanced materials from UM students who are up to date in their field areas and can help enhance education quality. Miami-Dade County spends less per pupil than the US average, and schools like Miami Southridge and Booker T. Washington have few resources to provide to their students and teachers and administrators who are spread thin.

Please give examples of your project's success.

As mentioned above, Pathways to Progress has been extremely popular with all parties involved. Assessments and evaluations show a high level of satisfaction from the UM students, the high school teachers, and the high school students. CCE employs a rigorous assessment model which measures the impact of the partnership in many ways, including how effective the curricular enhancements were and and how many indicators of the creation of a college-going culture were strengthened or developed.

Organization Name (or individuals name) University of Miami

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Liberty to Make

A makerspace in Liberty City will help locals garner & foster their entrepreneurial & creative talents while coming together as a community. This culturally-infused makerspace will serve as a hub for socially-conscious technological innovation through hands-on education. Community members will gain specialized skills in fields such as design thinking, 3D printing, modeling & fabrication, & programming. Liberty to Make... more »
Who are you?

MIAMade is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a sustainable maker culture in Miami.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Our program will promote specialized skills & embed the principles of making that will lead to neighborhood development & job growth for new makers. Students that pursue a postsecondary education with a concentration in a STEAM disciplines, are more likely to either change studies or drop out if they didn’t receive prior hands-on training. Making will accelerate the creative process and extend collaborative processes while giving them a new value for artisanship.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Providing Maker Education opportunities to the people of Liberty City through an ambassador teaching program allows them to broaden & transfer their knowledge in STEAM fields. These new skills contribute to the workforce & will lower risk for unemployment. An interest in making can increase not only high school graduation rates from 77.2% in Miami to surpass national standards, but also increase enrollment in postsecondary education with the hands-on training that they will gain.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Liberty to Make is a reinvisioned Wynwood Maker Camp, developing new innovative thinkers in the Liberty City community. MIAMade’s maker events and programs, such as the Miami Mini Maker Faire, Maker Saturdays and the camp, has exposed STEAM disciplines to over 6,500 citizens in Miami. As a result, youth have been exposed to interdisciplinary approaches to making, confidence in the making process & a sense of pride in their final products.

Organization Name (or individuals name) MIAMade

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Increasing High School Graduation Rates Among At-Risk Girls

Women of Tomorrow helps at-risk girls overcome obstacles, gain skills, improve academic performance, graduate from high school and go on to higher education and lives of greater opportunity. Our program includes group mentoring sessions, supportive peer relationships, career-focused field trips and specialized college campus visits, all designed to encourage girls to stay in school and aim high. Our efforts prevent dropouts,... more »
Who are you?

We are a unique mentoring program pairing mentors with small groups of at-risk high school girls. Our program prevents high school dropouts, increases access to higher education, fosters workforce development and creates pathways out of poverty.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Our program is designed to meet the needs of at-risk teenage girls in public high schools. By providing them with the resources and support they need, mentees learn the importance and impact that their education has on their future: improve their grades, graduate from high school, pursue higher education and lead lives of greater oppotunity. Our program provides services at a low cost per student per year, rewarding participants and the community with tens of thousands of dollars in return.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

High school dropouts are seven times more likely to be living in poverty than those holding bachelor’s degrees. The costs of dropping out are borne not only by the individuals, but also by our communities. Our program addresses this need by achieving program objectives and community impact through increased high school graduation rates, increased likelihood of higher education and statistically significant increases in self esteem and grade point averages.

Please give examples of your project's success.
  1. 96% high school graduation rate in Miami-Dade
  2. .05 average increase in GPA
  3. Increased likelihood of higher education: Of colleges, universities and technical schools that report to the National Student Clearinghouse, we know that a minimum of 73-80% of our graduates have enrolled in higher education. After 6 years at least 57% have graduated college with a degree, a statistic which is comparable to national average.
  4. We serve mentees in every public high school in Miami-Dade County

Organization Name (or individuals name) Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program

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