Creating a Nation of Producers

STEM2025 National Charrette

Charrette Defined

The word charrette may refer to any collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem.

While the structure of a charrette varies, depending on the design problem and the individuals in the group, charrettes often take place in multiple sessions in which the group divides into sub-groups. Each sub-group then presents its work to the full group as material for further dialogue. Such charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people.

Creating Possibilities Through Though Leadership

When we allow ourselves to look at possibilities, we are enthused by hope, faith and positive anticipation. Probability thinking tells us that outcomes follow a cause and effect trajectory. The National Minority Technology Council and its member partners embark on a journey of hope and construction. Possibility thinking can often be uncomfortable as norms are bashed and ideas spawned from creative thinking. Providing a safe environment for brainstorming and iterative thinking requires intentional frameworks.

The Council's Looking Forward Research and Development Department, headed up by Dr. Sharon Waters, is committed to harnessing the possibilities into actionable results that included R&D Grants, Federal Contracting among members utilizing MOUs, and energizing community markets to begin to initiate job creating activities sourcing opportunities that can only be accomplished through trusted partnerships

STEM2025 Session Agenda

STEM2025 Session Topics

Introducing NMTC's Enterprise School System™

The National Minority Technology Council (NMTC) embarked on an empirical journey into the workings of an urban school board decision-making process. Specific situational assessments, charrettes, one-on-one discussion has led our team to surmise the need for governance. In fact our recommendation of the implementation of a “by-school-board” enterprise governance, risk and compliance system has gained interest from federal and state government, and by some of the largest corporations. The major precept of our investigation was based on NMTC understanding of the new citizen demand, particularly on urban school divisions.

Our Enterprise School System approach to Board level measurement and reporting brings the rigor of industry to assist in girding up the constitutional rights of the citizens the School Board Members serve. Participants in this session will discuss actual school board documents of a challenged urban school system to review and document the state of the current control environment and to make recommendations for improvement

Creating Entrepreneurial and Job Opportunities for Vets

Soldier 4 Life Alliance is a grass roots community action team led by the National Minority Technology Council to ensure new veterans have a “soft-landing”, transitioning into both jobs or ownership opportunities. NMTC’s Soldier 4 Life Alliance (S4LA) program is focused on the fact that our returning Soldiers are an asset to our member’s business needs. Aligning the human capital with business need creates an inductive synergy that will generate economic growth in our cities across the US.

Our unique distinction is in our coordinated efforts in aligning job need with government and commercial contracting. We are starting with the end in mind. Our directive to hire 5,000 veterans aligns on purpose with the many programmatic initiatives currently underway with the Council. Our breakout sessions will bring key stakeholders and who are focused on this important issue. Each session will be facilitated by a Council District Director of Military Affairs. Each District Director is appointed to support our direct interest in making this program a collaborative effort.

Bridging the Digital Divide in our Urban Communities

Our urban communities have a unique opportunity for economic prosperity and job growth. The current lack of coordination between our urban education systems, cities, housing districts, and the private sector has created an environment for partnership. The National Minority Technology Council Alliance (NMTCA) is proposing an alliance between minority CLECs (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier), government, and community organizations. Applying high level procurement strategies and Public Private Partnerships with federally funded programs will coordinate internet access in our urban communities. This session will explore how the 2012 Middle Class Act and the adoption of FirstNet may allow HUD Residents access to free internet.

Building Solutions for Change

The National Minority Technology Council has over the years collaborated with multiple Federal, State, and Local government agencies, key stakeholders, and parents in the local community to help reconcile how our urban school resources match up with 21st Century knowledge management on organization change and the ICT (Information, Communications, Technology) Marketplace.

With the advent of social frameworks, broadband, and data metrics in the classroom educators now have access to an entirely new toolbox that needs to be made accessible to all educators. Innovation however requires a new look at how vendors and service providers are utilized. In order to do this there needs to be a change in paradigm on service delivery and vendor accountability. Suppliers are no longer "entitled" to receive Federal and State monies simply because they have been there in the past. With our so called "failing" urban schools we as a nation need to begin to transform our thinking and realize the new mix of creative talent that is available.

This session will explore options and suggest new ways of thinking of those sustainable problems once thought unsolvable.

The National Minority Technology Council represents the Minority Technology Industry in the United States. The US Census Business Survey has identified over 65,000 minority technology companies in the US employing over 500,000 people. This Industry as a sector is growing at some 400 percent. To us STEM is a supply chain management issue. Our growth from now to 2025 will require a new paradigm shift in our communities.

Stem2Earn will examine evidence based workforce strategies and explore how to best build capacity in order to help create more jobs and ensure the talent pool is adequate. We will discuss approaches for employers, educational institutions and community based organizations. NMTC will utilize the data from this session to inform future program development and resource allocation.

For the purposes of our PIBs the word charrette refers to any collaborative session in which a group of stakeholders drafts a solution to a problem. Our discovery process has shown that motivational speeches or antidotial workshops do not create systemic change. Our Parent Charrette Process takes place in multiple sessions in which parent and community stakeholders divides into sub-groups. Each sub-group then presents its work to the full group as material for future dialogue. Parent Charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people. One of the key process improvements we bring to our Parent Charretts is the ability to engage divergent monolingual participants into collaborative discussions.

Our Parent Charretts promotes joint ownership of solutions and attempts to defuse typical confrontational attitudes between parents and schools. Parent Charrettes tend to involve small groups, however the parents participating may not represent all the parents nor have the moral authority to represent them. Parents who do participate get early input into the planning process. Our Parent recruitment and retention models include the utilization of social networking framework technology so the maximum parent participation is attained and measured.

Parent Charrette are held on a recurring basis creating a continuous improvement practice to help inform school/parent compact relevance.

Urban STEM - Design Based Research

Systems Thinking

In order to truly capitalize on our human potential we need to break the chains of poverty thinking. As an industry the National Minority Technology Council knows the true potential of the Urban Child because for many of us that is from whence we came! Many of our successful owners came from those communities that on the surface one would consider blighted. The truth is in the power of change and the spark of inspiration and divine intervention that enabled many of our minority technology owners and their employees the opportunity to realize the American dream. Diversity is not an option it is our national reality. Gone are the days where we delineate the worth of an individual by zipcode or heritage. The development of curriculum that connects students with high growth, high demand jobs is a matter of national security. The passage of Public Law 114-95 Every Student Succeeds Act allows for real impact to improve opportunity for all students, invest in local innovation, build evidence on what works, ensure transparency, and protect students' civil rights.

Research Based Approach - Knowledge is Power

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We also need to end the cycle of reporting the problem. We must now concern ourselves with the solution. We use 2025 as a reminder that the graduating class of 2025 will be the first class where the minority will become the majority. This demographic reality informs us to a new critical pedagogy. We already know from he research found in the Congressional report above that researchers have identified dozens of school and non-school variables that contribute to racial and ethnic achievement gaps in STEM.

We know that in K-12 parental involvement and support, availability of bilingual education, culturally relevant pedagogy, early exposure to STEM fields, interest in STEM careers, self-efficacy in STEM subjects, and STEM-related education opportunities and support programs all are positive factors that influence the success of minority students in STEM. We also know that there are also school-based factors that contribute to minority under-preparedness in K-12 STEM education. Factors such as a lack of resources(underfunding) and less qualified teachers at schools that serve minority students, limited access to Advanced Placement courses, disproportionate tracking of minority students into remedial education, teachers' low expectations, stereotype threat, racial oppression and oppositional culture, and premature departure from high school are known and can be effectively mitigated with a solution based approach.

NMTC Student Leadership Forum (SLF)

The mission of the Student Leadership Forum (SLF) is to increase the number of minority youths entering STEM careers within the minority technology industry. This ongoing national initiative culminates with an annual workshop and awards event. Our goal is to recruit promising minority middle school, high school and undergraduate students to our national fellow program. These fellows will provide leadership to our student membership program.

SLF will increase student awareness of industry related opportunities while simultaneously providing industry, community and education leaders an opportunity to assist in the personal and professional development of future STEM leaders, employees, contractors and entrepreneurs. Our day long event is hosted by invitation only.

NMTC Student Fellow Program

The NMTC Fellow was established to provide a nurturing and intellectually challenging learning environment whereby our Fellows are directly interfaced with Industry leaders and community stakeholders. Grounded in excellence, it is our intention to develop strong moral and ethical values for success while involving our Fellows in innovative and forward thinking applied social and business processes and experiences.

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