The M List 2016: Ones to Watch

We have our eyes on six local programs that we think will have huge impacts on education and in developing future leaders. The people shaping these programs deserve recognition in our Ones to Watch list.
The M List 2016: Ones to Watch

Stacy Broach and Sami Clausen-Rupert, coordinators
The Community Schools Program is a pilot project that expands before- and after-school opportunities for students at Mendota Elementary School (Broach) and Leopold Elementary School (Clausen-Rupert). The program allows the schools to provide a variety of resources for students and families, including mentoring and tutoring for students and access to food, physical and mental health programs for their families.

Alex Fralin, assistant superintendent
Set to launch in the 2017-18 school year, Personalized Pathways allows high school students the chance to attain college credit as well gain access to opportunities such as job shadowing and internships. The program is a joint venture between the Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison College, the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and the city of Madison.

Israel Lopez, CEO, president and co-founder
The Chins Up Foundation uses technology to connect elementary school children with college athletes who serve as mentors. Students exchange letters with the athletes through Chins Up Exchange software. Chins Up was founded on the premise that collegiate student-athletes can have a “tremendously positive effect” on elementary aged children.

Nicholaus Sutherland, head of school
Destinations Career Academy is the first online public charter school in the state focused on career and technical education. Opened in September, the academy is tuition-free and open to students statewide in grades 9-12. It includes opportunities for job shadowing, internships and other workplace experiences and provides structure, support and state testing that is required of all public schools.

James Tye, executive director
In partnership with Sustain Dane and Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Clean Lakes Alliance plans to launch in 2017 the Yahara Watershed Academy, which will help train community leaders to take on local sustainability issues to benefit area lakes.