Education Week - June 2, 2016 - Diplomas Count - (Page 17)

PRINCIPLE Classroom and City Merge in Cleveland Community Involvement A STEM high school takes all comers and embeds its students in campuses and businesses across the city. By Sarah D. Sparks CLEVELAND "I'm feeling like a cat with nine lives/'cause I can see myself die a thousand times in people's eyes ..." -"This Ain't Livin' " T Photography by Dustin Franz for Education Week he auditorium at Cleveland State University is packed with more than 400 amped-up high school students for the MC2 STEM High School's spring rap concert, salted here and there with community leaders and business people in suits and subdued smiles. By the time 9th grader Trinasia Ray steps onto the stage with her teammates more than an hour into the concert, one might expect the teenagers to have tuned out and the school's community partners to have made a discreet exit. But everyone in the hall has a personal stake in these songs. There's outreach, and then there's community. What MC2 is doing here is more than outreach. The project-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school uses a combination of co-located campuses and experts pulled from local industries to build a community school in the core of a city that is losing its population and a school district with one of the highest dropout rates in the country. MC2 Principal Feowyn MacKinnon takes the same approach to building community in and out of classrooms: Take all comers. Find out what drives them. Show them how they can work with the school to achieve their goals. "A lot of people are looking for what's the new model supposed to be, when I think what we really need are From left, Trinity Tyler, Oliver Treven, and Gabrielle Johnson work on installing LED lights in the speaker they built for their freshman engineering capstone project at Cleveland's MC2 STEM High School. Remaking High Schools | 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - June 2, 2016 - Diplomas Count

Education Week - Diplomas Count - June 2, 2016
For Better High Schools, Coherence May Be Key
Taking Students’ Voices to Heart
One Student’s Quest To Reshape Schools
Students in El Paso Get Leg Up On College
In Omaha, a Chance To Try Out a Career
Classroom and City Merge in Cleveland
Citizens Get a Say In Boston Redesign
A Bold Reinvention Gets a Rocky Start
Minn. High School Built for ‘Flexibility’
In Ark., Going Big On a Human Scale
U.S. Graduation Rate Reaches a New High

Education Week - June 2, 2016 - Diplomas Count