I'm extremely honored and humbled that I've been selected as one of the finalists of the 2017 Duke Energy Children's Museum Difference Makers!
Of course, it could never happen without all the help and support from many people:
a) I am so thankful for all the work done by CPS Leadership on Vision 2020, the Hays-Porter Principal Ms. McClain, who was a believer from the very beginning, all the Hays-Porter teachers and volunteers, and the West End Community Council that allowed us to get here, and especially to my dear friends from FamiliesFORWARD: Ms. Allsop, Ms. Richardson, and Ms. Matchett - you all ROCK!!!!
b) A big "Thank You" to Taft IT High School, especially to Mr. Turner for letting us in, to Ms. Keenon for helping us with the first ever "Code.org Teacher training", Mr. Woodly for letting us use the Robotics, and especially Ms. Beamon, for being so patient and supportive of all my ideas! :)
c) the leadership and staff of the UC School of Information Technology: Dr. Said and Ms. Michael
d) And most of all, a huge "Thank you" to all friends at Cincinnati Bell incl. Mr. Smith, for their continuous support, and especially to the former CEO, Mr. Jack Cassidy, for inspiring me to this idea, by taking my Leadership Cincinnati Class 34 for a tour of Taft IT High School back in 2011, and showing us that if you dream big, everything is possible!
Also, I am so very proud of all the students participating in our Computer/Robotics Club in both schools - they are just fantastic!
Future aviation engineers started today their "Drone Program" as part of our "Hays-Porter Computer/Robotics Club" of Code for Kids initiative!
George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary is Ohio's first "High-Tech Elementary" School
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.
That’s why our entire community is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The HOUR OF CODE, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 136 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.
The event will take place on:
Monday, Dec. 5th, 2016, 6pm-9pm
Taft Information Technology High School
420 Ezzard Charles Dr, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214
The goal is to to bring together organizations, companies, teachers, as well as children from local schools and their parents, to make them aware of IT opportunities in the global world, and to promote IT Education in Cincinnati.
We'll also have a kids competition (elementary school level) for the fastest expert in Code.org's Frozen, with the winner receiving a gift cards.
Complimentary food and refreshments will be provided.
I am so happy that the word is spreading out! Today we hosted a group of potential volunteers from West End Cincinnati, incl. employees from a local company, to share with them what we do!
They found out about our program and reached out to me to learn more about how they could help!
This is so awesome how the West End Cincinnati community is getting together to support our efforts to create an "IT Education Hub" in West End focused on teaching kids the high-tech skills for the high-paying jobs of tomorrow!
I couldn't be more thankful!
So happy to see students from Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School coming to help the Elementary School students!
Thank you Ms.Celietta Beamon and Mr. Woodly for making this happen!
These girls were working hard, stayed focused, so they've made it!
There will be several more students, probably 15-20 total, from which we'll select the top 10.
The competition is on Nov. 19th, so there are only 4 weeks left to get ready! Next week we're getting serious! :)
Preschoolers in today's Robotics class - they had a lot of fun.
We have to engage the kids as early as possible, so they learn to be become "creators" of technology, and not just "users"
In recent study of fourth graders showed that 66 percent of girls and 68 percent of boys reported liking science. But something else starts happening in elementary school. By second grade, when students (both boys and girls) are asked to draw a scientist, most portray a white male in a lab coat. Any woman scientist they draw looks severe and not very happy. The persistence of the stereotypes start to turn girls off, and by eighth grade, boys are twice as interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers as girls are.
In our IT/Robotics clubs we make sure that girls have every opportunity to explore and have fun with high-tech!
Messer Construction is moving Corporate Headquarters to West End Cincinnati!
The Groundbreaking Ceremony was fantastic, with many special speakers, incl. Mayor John Cranley, Rep. Steve Chabot, Messer CEO Tom Keckeis, and Messer VP, Tim Steigerwald.
Messer also donated $500 to George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary! That was a very nice surprise! THANK YOU!!!
Once Messer moves here next year, they will become a Corporate Sponsor of the school, providing tutors and mentors! This will make a huge difference in lives of the kids!
Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Ohio is creating a plan for how our local, state and federal programs are aligned to help all of our students be successful.
The Ohio Department of Education is committed to comprehensive and collaborative community engagement leading to the development of our state Student Success Plan. A plan that is deeply rooted in the needs of Ohio’s students, educators and communities requires everyone’s input.
Therefore they organized 10 regional meetings informing various stakeholders about ESSA and collecting suggestions and recommendations. There were more than 11,000 responses to the ESSA online survey. Additionally, the Ohio Department of Education attended more than 70 meetings and presentations around the state. Those interested in submitting suggestions and recommendations may do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very good and informative event, and a lot of nice people!
If you would like to sponsor the IT/Robotics Club at Hays-Porter, please contact us
Board of the SHPE Cincinnati Professional Chapter had a planning meeting for the new school year.
The organization is running a Robotics Club at AMIS (Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies)
West End Cincinnati's Hays-Porter students building their first robot. Several kindergarten kids are part of it too, and they did fantastic!
This group finished building the robot from scratch in 80 minutes! Great team work, it was great to see the older kids helping the younger ones! So proud of them!
Thanks to the Cincinnati Reds, many families of Hays-Porter students and staff attended the Reds game on Sunday, Sep. 18th, 2016. It was a great opportunity to bond and to celebrate Hays-Porter becoming “High-Technology” Elementary School.
We also had the technology teacher from Taft IT High School, Ms. Beamon, and few of her students, sharing info about IT Education Pathway opportunities in their school.
Thank you Cincinnati Reds Team for supporting our West End community and Hays-Porter “High-Tech” Elementary School.
Hays-Porter Students Love Cincinnati REDS!!!!
What a wondeful and exciting day for West End! Two years in making, today our dream of having a high-tech elementary school in West End Cincinnati as a feeder to Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School and creating an "IT Education Hub" here, has become a reality!
Hays-Porter became Ohio's first "High Tech Elementary School" as part of CPS Vision 2020 initiative!!!
But as with every celebration of success, we can never forget the people who helped us to get here. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village and a lot of teamwork to implement a vision like this in only two years! So a big THANK YOU goes to:
- first and most of all, to the Hays-Porter School Principal, Ms. McClain, for believing in our vision, and for being willing to take the risk with us
- CPS Leadership for giving us the green light and including us in the Vision 2020 program: Mary A. Ronan, Catherine Laura Mitchell, Sarah Trimble-Oliver, and the Board of Education for their support: Ericka Dansby, Melanie Bates, Eve Bolton, Elisa Hoffman, Carolyn Jones, Daniel Minera, Chris Nelms
- Dr. Hazem Said from School of Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati for helping in creating this vision of IT Pipeline and IT Education Hub, and Ms. Bekah Michael for supporting it
- West End Community Council for donating Robots and supporting this vision
- Families Forward, for giving us the opportunity to teach the kids coding and robotics in the After-school program, especially Ms. Deborah Allsop, Richara Richardson, Victoria Matchett, Griffith Keir,
- all the wonderful teachers, staff and supporters of Hays-Porter Elementary School, for extending the welcoming hand to us: Evelyn Whittaker, Carolyn Toney, Angela Jackson,Lora Ward, Mary Flagg, Agreta Mason, Sandra Stanley, Nancy Johnson, Patricia Stewart Adams, Felicia Barron, and many, many others
THANK YOU ALL!!!!
As you can see, when we work together, when we support each other, miracles do happen!!!
But this is only the beginning!
West End Cincinnati Parents can sign up at http://leadershipscholars.org/sign-up
With Hays-Porter being now the High-Tech Elementary School, with Taft being the Information Technology High School, we have created Ohio's first ever IT Education Hub in West End, where our students have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for the high-paying jobs of tomorrow, and be able to make $80-$120,000 a year as a computer engineer, robotics expert or programmer.
We would like to invite all West End residents to get engaged and help us to push the envelope even further. With your help and support, let’s make West End the Silicon Valley of Cincinnati, with high-tech companies moving to West End, eager to take advantage of our highly educated youth and their high-tech expertise, or our students becoming the next Steve Jobs by founding their own start-up companies. With our IT Education Hub being now a reality, no neighborhood in Cincinnati is better equipped to accomplish that than West End!
On Tuesday, August 16, Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School welcomed new students to on Open House. Student and parents participtaed in an orientation program, where teachers and coaches informed them about different academic and sport opportunities, as well as about transportaion, opening and closing hours, and veriaty of extra-curriculum activities.
External agencies had tables to inform about their services, e.g. if students ever run into substance abuse problems.
Garry Horton from Leadership Scholars presented to the parents the upcoming "Parent Academy" which will start on October 4th.
This seven-week comprehensive program is designed to empower parents, or any significant adult in a child’s life, with proven strategies and tools to support strong academic, social & emotional development of their children. With the ultimate goal of helping their children attend and graduate college, it offers methods to lend support at home, in the classroom, and for parents to better interact with their child’s school.
For information, please visit http://leadershipscholars.org/parent-academy/
West End Cincinnati Parents can sign up here:
The Hays-Porter High-Tech Elementary School is featured in CPS Vision 2020 Video!
As part of Vision 2020, a three-year plan to improve neighborhood schools, CPS is adding exciting new programs at 7 schools during the 2016-17 school year.
And Hays-Porter Elementary School has been selected to be one of them, becoming Ohio's first "High-Tech Elementary School"
The elementary neighborhood school program focuses include:
West End is extremely proud of having one of the selected schools for the CPS Vision 2020 program! It's just another proof that CPS believes in our neighborhood, and that we can become the role model for other schools and neighborhoods!
Hays-Porter High-Tech Elementary School and the Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School, working together, are making the vision of West End as the "IT Education Hub" a reality!
@IamCPS #IamCPS #CPSandME #education #cincinnati #technology
Thank you Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School and the Principal Mr. Michael Turner for hosting this event! We very much appreciate it! And thank you Mr. Woodly, and Ms. Keenon for being there for us!
Special "Thank you" to Mr. Ralph Jones for his wonderful support at all our events in the school! You're a true example of reliability, friendliness, and willingness to go the extra mile!
It was great to students from George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary, attending this event! The school, becoming this year Ohio's first "High-Tech Elementary School", will have a huge impact on making West End the "IT Education Hub"