Hawaii Dropout Prevention Summit
Summit Location: Donald G. Malcolm Center, Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. Kihei, HI
- Maui Economic Development Center, Inc.(MEDB) in cooperation with the Millennium Institute (MI) will host a community strengthening and strategic planning event that will initiate ongoing community conversations centered on a system dynamics model of the education system and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) K-12 pathway for Maui County.
- This process includes an intensive process of data collection and analysis in creation of the initial model, demonstration of the model among multi-sector stakeholders with input and refinement of model assumptions through additional data, and community-at-large information, discussion, and input sessions within the context of the model.
- The model includes significant variables related to economic productivity and workforce development that are directly impacted by education; thus the model will establish a vehicle for strategic planning dialogues in education with particular focus on the STEM pathway while also contributing to the dialogue on workforce renewal and economic diversification. Graduation rates will be an important variable as efforts are made to accurately model the education sector and the STEM pathway.
- The ultimate goal is to create and disseminate a sustainable model of strategic planning and action for the education sector and STEM pathway statewide. Important stakeholders at the community strengthening meeting will include businesses and industries with a statewide presence and representatives from the state Department of Education and the University of Hawai’i.
- Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, whose congressional district includes Maui County, will speak at the event and articulate clear goals, objectives, and measures on: 1) improving the meaning and value of a high school diploma, 2) strengthening support and providing resources for those students who are in danger of dropping out, 3) building the STEM education infrastructure at all levels in order to promote workforce development and economic diversification and 4) focusing efforts on improving the opportunity structure for women, native Hawaiians, and other under-represented groups.