Notable Women in Education: Jennifer López, Chief Executive Officer / Carmen Schools of Science and Technology
July 16, 2021 | Biz Times
Through Jennifer López’s leadership as chief executive officer, the 2,276 students and families at Carmen Schools of Science and Technology have received high-quality education and wrap-around support through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to board member Alicia Dupies, senior vice president at Capri Communities.
Carmen is a non-selective public charter school serving 90% students from low-income families and 95% students who are Latino or African American.
One of the smartest pairs of twins in Milwaukee goes to Carmen High School of Science and Technology, Northwest. They were recently honored as co-valedictorians of their graduation class.
MILWAUKEE — Being a teacher or a parent in 2020 is tough, and to be both is even harder. There are many teachers who are parents performing the balancing act of doing both from their living room. I talked with a Milwaukee teacher who is working to keep her high school students and four-year-old daughter on track.
Since our founding in 2015, we have published lists of the most influential Black and Latino leaders in Wisconsin, and this year, we expanded that to include our Indigenous and Asian American brothers and sisters. It’s been exciting and gratifying every time, and I’m excited to bring you today our 2020 Sí Se Puede list, recognizing the most influential Latino leaders in Wisconsin. We are also proud to bring you the list this year during Hispanic Heritage Month.
I have always intended these lists to highlight the beauty of the diversity in our community. I wanted young people here in Wisconsin to see role models of people who are succeeding, to know that it’s possible for people of color to achieve great things here, and to highlight people of color doing great work in a variety of fields and pursuits.
As the school year is fully underway, with a majority of students learning virtually, we have heard a lot about what is not working, or what is difficult about going to school virtually.
What we have not heard much about is how parents and school staff can work together to make the best of a situation that nobody wanted in the first place.
Teachers have been at the center of the COVID-19 epidemic since it began. Perspectives shifted from praising the work they do to forming the conversation around reopening around them. As students moved from in-person to online learning, teachers offered a sense of stability in a world that was constantly changing. City Forward Collective which helped initiate the COVID-19 School Support Fund to finance the National Summer School Initiative (NSSI) here in Milwaukee. The NSSI seeks to connect teachers with resources and mentorship while providing curriculum and professional development.
Neighborhood private and charter schools make virtual plans as COVID-19 cases create safety concerns
When leaders of Carmen Schools of Science and Technology were considering when and how to reopen schools this fall, they decided to start virtually after taking a look at COVID-19 data.
“At one point this summer, one of our ZIP codes was at 40 percent of COVID-19 tests coming back positive,” said Jennifer López, the CEO of the public schools network. “So we are very far away from the possibility of opening our schools at this time.”
'I Wanted Them to Know that We Do See Them,': Middle School Hosts Youth Rally to Empower Black Students
MILWAUKEE (SPECTRUM NEWS) — On Friday, Carmen Middle and High School of Science and Technology: Northwest Campus hosted a youth celebration aimed at elevating our future.
“It’s a good way to bring the community together especially with all the things happening right now. All the police brutality. Everyone gets to come together as a community,” says student Alex Presswood.
The family friendly event aimed to educate, empower and uplift Milwaukee's youth.
June 20, 2020 | WISN 12 News
A Juneteenth youth rally was held at Carmen Middle/High School of Science and Technology.
Black Lives Matter is the message two University of Wisconsin-Platteville activists are spreading in Southwest Wisconsin in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. On June 7, Alvin Watts and Alexandria Lara organized a peaceful protest at City Park in Platteville to bring awareness to systemic racism and police brutality. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered to listen to the speakers and march through downtown shedding a light on the racial justice movement taking place across the globe.