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2 Advisory Boards that Work: Success Stories at Milwaukee- Washington HS of IT Joe Kmoch Sheryl Knox Dorothy Valentine Site:

3 #nafnext Washington High School Information Technology Washington High SchoolAOIT Academy Enrollment716: African American: 92% White: 3.5% Asian: 3.5% Hispanic/Latino: 1% Free/Reduced Lunch: 70 Female: 46.9% Male: 53.1% Female: 78% Male: 22% Attendance75.5%84.03% Suspension Rate17.4% MAP ScoresMath: 209.3→ Reading: 204.1→207.8 Fall to Spring

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5 iFair IT and Engineering Career Fair with a Twist The story Video of the first iFair

6 #nafnext iFair IT and Engineering Career Fair with a Twist The story Video of the first iFair

7 #nafnext iFair IT and Engineering Career Fair with a Twist Description and highlights of each iFair (10 m)  Finding exhibitors and pre-fair information  Finding schools and pre-fair preparation including lesson plan and handouts Wanted teachers to infuse this in class  We created a 3 segment lesson plan  pre, during the event and post activities

8 #nafnext iFair IT and Engineering Career Fair with a Twist  At the fair – for students, for exhibitors

9 #nafnext iFair IT and Engineering Career Fair with a Twist  At the fair – for students, for exhibitors

10 #nafnext iFair IT and Engineering Career Fair with a Twist  At the fair – for students, for exhibitors

11 #nafnext iFair IT and Engineering Career Fair with a Twist  After the fair – for students, for exhibitors, for teachers

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13 How we introduced this to the staff:

14 Your turn! Divide into groups so that there are no more than 4-5 in a group. Choose one of the 6 Employability skills areas Generate ideas to include those in your classroom, noting them on a large poster sheet Share out ideas to the larger group

15 Notes from Sharing Segment:

16 Other AB Activities Student Leadership Workshop Planned Training Module Schedule January: Orientation Conduct Ethics Eval, Dress for Success February: Integrity and Ethics March: Communication Skills …and Listening & Feedback April: Interpersonal Skills May: Decision-Making/Problem-Solving Skills Student application and teacher sign-off

17 Other AB Activities Mock Interview Sessions At least two possibly three Prep workshops for students Goal is to have a group of students do all three mock interviews Evaluate Progress

18 Other AB Activities Coordination between this board and the school’s AOHT Board Also dealing with the Director position for each academy (we have two NAF plus PLTW)

19 Other AB Activities AB Membership – enlarging and maintaining Note the many different ways of adding to and maintaining a board Software engineer who changed jobs and asked his new small company to continue Added social gaming company CEO through contact via a community college IT program advisory board Added a retired engineer via personal contact with previous school administrator

20 Other AB Activities AB Membership – enlarging and maintaining Added Student Development Director via contacts with local STEM organization (also an Alum from 2002) Added an Education Outreach specialist via other contacts at Marquette University Added large health care provider Human Resources Development person through personal contact Added IT Education Director because of interest in student internships

21 Other AB Activities AB Membership – enlarging and maintaining Maintenance Replaced community college member with an individual in their STEM outreach department Replaced exec director of organization of STEM-interested businesses with new exec director Replaced engineer at large firm with an IT specialist

22 Other AB Activities AB Membership – enlarging and maintaining The big coup in the last few weeks: Woman who is the CIO Emeritus of a large Milwaukee corporation She is also director if IT-United, a large group of CIOs in Milwaukee who want to volunteer and increase the number of kids interested in IT.

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24 WHSoIT AOIT AB Meeting

25 Other AB Activities Revised NAF bylaws template reflecting consensus strategy we use

26 WHSoIT ByLaws Article VII – Meetings; Section 2: Voting “Votes shall be called on procedural issues specifically defined in these By-Laws. A consensus model shall be used on all other issues and proposals.”

27 WHSoIT ByLaws Article VII – Meetings; Section 4: Consensus Decision Making “A consensus model shall be used for decision making on issues considered by the Advisory Board and its Committees.” … “The Advisory Board shall work toward achieving compromise in these situations. If compromise cannot be reached, the Advisory Board Chairperson may call for a majority vote as a last resort.

28 Thank you for listening and participating Presentation is available on the NAF NEXT website and also on


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