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February 17,2017

Hi Friends,

On Thursday, February 9 The Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Milwaukee Succeeds and the Public Policy Forum co-hosted an event that examined the impact of career and technical education in Wisconsin’s K12 system. The Public Policy Forum also unveiled their latest report, entitled “Building Bridges” on the topic.
At the breakfast event, attendees heard from Rob Henken, president of the Public Policy Forum, and Joe Yeado, senior researcher at the Public Policy Forum, who presented key findings of their report and explore major issues facing career and technical education. These key findings included: 

  • Nearly 75% of CTE concentrators continue their education after high school, with 68% attending a 4-year college.
  • Less than 17% of CTE concentrators in the region enter the workforce directly from high school and most take jobs unrelated to their CTE training.
  • The number of CTE teacher assignments in Metro Milwaukee has grown in nearly 14% in recent years, yet a shortage of CTE-licensed teachers remains a constraint to expanding CTE courses.

I was so please to speak along with; Marcus White, vice president of civic engagement at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation; and Leah Fiasca, project director at the Greater Milwaukee Committee. After the presentation, Joe Yeado moderated a panel (pictured above). The panel discussed the complicating factors of career and tech and noted several local successes including the M-Cubed initiative, an initiative that currently syncs the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Milwaukee Public Schools. 

Finally, I want everyone to get to know our Goal 4 Manager for Social and Emotional Learning Catina Harwell-Young a little better. I did a Q & A with Catina this week!

Catina brings over 20 years of non-profit management experience to her role as Goal 4 Manager. A Milwaukee native, she is a staunch advocate for quality education, youth empowerment and civic engagement to go forward.

Take it away Catina!
See you soon,

Why Milwaukee Succeeds? What attracted you to the Goal 4 Manager position?
The partnerships possibilites!  I saw so many good people and respected organizations coming together to invest their time and resources to improve the city I love.  I wanted to be apart of that!

As the Goal 4 Manager (SEL), what project(s) are you currently working on? What are you most excited about?
Rebuilding Our Brand…
This year we will be working to re-ignite our passion to ensure that all young people are healthy, and supported socially and emotionally and contribute to the responsibly to the success of the Milwaukee Community.

Moving from Theory to Practice…
We launched our official partnership with Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)!  Our team is working to develop a clear vision for this network, create common language to link in-school and out of school SEL programs, and design training opportunities to identify and promote best practices.
Building Partnerships…
MKE-Succeeds G4 is working to align efforts with MPS and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to leverage ideas, resources and reach.
So what are your hopes? Let's say were talking in five years, or actually 2020, when we've listed our goals and we've crossed that finish line (not that there is ever a finish line). What would your hopes be?
By 2020, Milwaukee will be better informed about the value that social and emotional supports can bring to our lives.  I know it can be perceived as “touchy feely stuff” but, people seem to be more socially and emotional “disconnected” that ever before.  I hope that the attitudes, skills and knowledge gained from social and emotional learning help improve academic performance, decrease violence,  instill a strong work ethic and develop active citizens that are invested the City. 

When people are reading this blog, people always say what can I do, is there anything I can do; what could you suggest? What do you want form the broader community?
I was at a community forum at Marquette earlier this week…Shaun King was the guest speaker.  I think the platform he laid out is perfect!  He encouraged us to activate people, build energy around the topic, remember change takes time and use the right strategy at the right time.
Here are some things you can do to get involved in our work:
  1. Join us for our March Lunch and Learn to hear what we have been up to and share your view! 3/2/17 from 11:30am-1pm @ GMF.  RSVP by emailing  Space is limited so register soon!
  2. Attend a network meeting and/or join a committee!  We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month and will be offering a host of training opportunities later in the year.
  3. Contact us to talk to your organization!  We love meeting new people and sharing our ideas. 
Best advice you’ve received?
You will be too much and sometimes not enough for some people.  Those are not your people…

Favorite teacher and why?
Ms. Jamison – 2nd Grade!  She was my 1st black teacher.  We even rode the city bus home together!

What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?
Schools have enough on their plate!  My focus would be on how to improve practice to ensure quality education of all young people.  Goal 4 is working to refine how we use SEL to compliment the wonderful work already being done in our schools.

If you could have lunch with a famous person, who would it be?
I would most likely choose someone from the past – Harriet Tubman, 2Pac, my Parents.  Among the living I would go with a comedian – I love to laugh!  Can you image a day with Dave Chappelle!?!  #EPIC

Greatest career lesson learned?
Don’t let your mistakes define you – let them REFINE you!

What is your favorite book?
Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
Also, the Harry Potter novels!  I began reading them when I was pregnant with my first son. I have been reading young adult books since (Lol)!  It’s also a great way to connect with my kids while promoting reading as a core value.

Favorite singer?
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is woven into the fabric of my life…

Favorite memory?
Camping with my family!  We ate Cheetos and Oreos until we puked (still won’t eat Cheetos to this day)! We even picked up hitchhikers a time or two!  Since we were always the only black people (LOL), I learned a lot about race and class.  I also developed an appreciation for nature and the cycle of life.

Morning routine?
Family, Yoga, and a 2-hour block of FOCUSED work time - 1 task – ALL my attention – no multitasking.
Thank you Catina. Welcome to the Milwaukee Succeeds Family!
See you soon,

Danae Davis  |  Executive Director
Milwaukee Succeeds
101 West Pleasant Street, Suite 210, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Direct: 414.336.7057

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