D.A.W.N.
Developing America’s Workforce Nucleus

Mission

Create a sustainable pipeline of domestic, diverse, business-ready STEM and entrepreneurship-ready talent, at all levels of the workforce, to propel America’s economic engine into the future.


Purpose

The DAWN Initiative is tasked with

“changing public education to create a sustainable source of opportunity and business-ready talent from the economically-disadvantaged (all ethnic and racial backgrounds), brown and black student population in Washington, DC’s Ward 8“. 

DAWN seeks solutions to the nation’s talent shortage by creating talent identification and refinement systems that will cultivate STEM-based talent from underrepresented populations. Piloted in Washington DC’s Ward 8 community, our vision for DAWN is creating a new model for education that can be deployed across the country.

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Katherine G. Johnson Math Teacher Training Institute (MTTI)

The MTTI will be a teacher recruiting, training, research, and resource hub for the development and dissemination of math theory and practice, based on the Algebra Project (AP) model. Its focus is innovative content development and delivery methods for students in lower-income quartiles. In addition to being the training hub for UDC faculty and DC public school teachers, the MTTI will also be the site of UDC/SIAP two-week intensive Summer Teacher Seminars (STS) and two-week Mathematics Laboratories for Teaching (MLT) to train HBCU faculty and other public-school teachers on the AP-based pedagogy.

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C2 Equity Academy

Piloting the rethinking of public education in the most challenged neighborhood in the nation’s capital, the C2 Equity Academy connects the public PK-12 feeder system of Ward 8 in DC directly to higher education through seamless STEM focused pipelines with multiple stackable credentials. These credentials range from skilled technical workforce and entrepreneurship certifications to bachelor’s degrees and beyond.¹ The goal is to create a sustainable pipeline of technical, business-ready, and entrepreneurial talent from the vast sources of untapped potential in Black, brown, and economically disadvantaged communities.

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TMCF Strengths Summer @ UDC

Partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), UDC will create a rigorous college enhancement summer experience for select HBCU incoming freshmen and rising sophomores identified as having high potential. SS@UDC will enhance the leadership skills and entrepreneurial talent of students and expose them to the worlds of finance, industry, and government. They will be trained as Gallup Strength coaches, deployed as mentors for subsequent participants, and placed on leadership tracks on their respective campuses. Additionally, SS@UDC will help to increase the pool of high-quality talent available to participate in the annual TMCF Leadership Institute, an annual event connecting the 300 most talented HBCU students with opportunities at Fortune 1000 companies.

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360° Assessment

The objective of this project is to build an accurate and psychometrically robust measure of student potential that assesses students’ metacognitive attributes (for example: fluid intelligence, divergent thinking, perseverance, resilience, proactive disposition, expectations of high achievement, and information search intensity) in the context of their individual histories and educational background. The results of the assessment can inform the college admissions decision-making process as well as identify developmental and learning needs of students.

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