Sunset Bison News
Gary Ryan Blair
Nearing the Finish Line
As we begin the last semester for our seniors, our first, our babies...we will never forget the day you entered wide-eyed and excited, full of energy. Unsure of where this journey would take you. Though the road has been tough and sometimes very challenging, you have made it to this point. So in the last stretch to the finish line remember we are here to continuously support you and ensure you succeed. When you grow too tired to read one more page or type one more paper, we whisper to you "finish strong and BE GREAT"
THE SUNSET P-TECH Family
UNT DALLAS SENIORS
Virtual Exam Dates:
January 6th, 8th, 11th, 27th, and February 11th
Upcoming Test Dates:
March 27th and April 24
IBM Digital Badging
The Benefits of an IBM Digital Badging
P-TECH Digital Badge Plan
9th grade - Mindfulness
10th grade - Professional Skills
11th grade - Design Thinking Job Preparation
12th grade - Artificial Intelligence Job Preparation
Steering Committee Meeting
College Academic Progress
UNT Dallas- 99% of our 51 seniors passed their college classes
77% of the Juniors passed their Dallas College Classes
9th Grade will begin classes this semester
51/76 Seniors are on track to receive their Associates Degree
10th Grade 67% passing rate
We also took this time to thank the Industry Partners for their contributions and presence during the Senior Drive Thru.
We returned to the Engagement Plan we prepared together to get volunteers and dates for engagement opportunities for the students. Partners were reminded of the plan and given a link to sign up or pass to others in their organization. The next Steering Committee Meeting will be February 24th at 10am.
On January 25th, our Advisory Board met for their quarterly meeting. During this meeting, we update the Board on academic updates, Workplace Learning activities, and potential opportunities. The Board has been pivotal in providing Sunset P-TECH with support and resources. We would like to extend a special THANK YOU to Sunset P-TECH Advisory Board Members and Partners, Dr. Philip Huang and the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services, Ms. Karen Kaighan and the Children's Health System and Ms. Guwan Jones and the Baylor Scott and White Health System for all of the leadership and work you do to support our city and county during this Coronavirus Challenge. Our next Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 26th at 1:30 pm.
Region 10 Planning and Engagement
We want each of our students to gain cutting-edge workforce development during their P-TECH journey. Though teachers have been around since the beginning of time, the industry of teaching has changed dramatically. We want our students to excel in their education courses but we also want them to receive exemplary workshops and high-level engagement. We have worked for the past year to build a relationship with Region 10 ESC, one of the 20 regional service centers established for the purpose of delivering professional development and a range of other innovative solutions. On January 5th, we met with Kristen Hebert, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning to discuss interactive workshops with our future educators. Based on our meeting and the syllabus from our Teacher Education students, Region 10 designed workshop series to support our students in their courses.
Sunset P-TECH Teacher Education Pathway Workshop Series:
February Learning Session
- Feb 11th Discovering Your Why?
- Feb 22nd Panel Discussion: Overview of education and how it’s changed over time
March Learning Sessions
- March 11th Understanding Curriculum
- March 25th Best Practices in the Different Content Areas
April Learning Sessions
- April 8th Lesson planning & Design
- April 22nd Classroom Management
Junior Resume Workshops
Dallas County Public Health Advisory Board Meeting
Thomson Reuters Boot Camp
IBM Internship Opportunity
Dallas Works Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program
Virtual P-TECH OPEN HOUSE
Students and parents were welcome to join the Zoom platform for the following topics:
- The Academic Classroom Experience
- The Workplace Learning Experience
- The Student Activities Experience
- Q&A Session
The best part of this orientation was our Senior students helped with the planning of this event which is vital part of the leadership development that we embed into the program.
Huge thanks for the guidance and leadership
- Maria Sanchez (Senior)
- Daniel Betancourt (Senior)
- Mario Garcia (Senior)
- Stephanie Treto (Senior)
- Enrique Cedillo (Senior)
- Yesenia Tejeda (Senior)
Black History Month
The Diverse History of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
While Jewish and African American communities have a tumultuous shared history when it comes to the pursuit of civil rights, there is a chapter that is often overlooked. In the 1930s when Jewish academics from Germany and Austria were dismissed from their teaching positions, many came to the United States looking for jobs. Due to the Depression, xenophobia and rising anti-Semitism, many found it difficult to find work, but more than 50 found positions at HBCUs in the segregated South.
Originally established to educate freed slaves to read and write, the first of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities was Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, established in 1837. By the time Jewish professors arrived, the number of HBCUs had grown to 78. At a time when both Jews and African Americans were persecuted, Jewish professors in the Black colleges found the environment comfortable and accepting, often creating special programs to provide opportunities to engage Blacks and whites in meaningful conversation, often for the first time.
In the years that followed, the interests of Jewish and African American communities increasingly diverged, but this once-shared experience of discrimination and interracial cooperation remains a key part of the Civil Rights Movement.
The first licensed African American Female pilot was named Bessie Coleman
Born in Atlanta, Texas in 1892, Bessie Coleman grew up in a world of harsh poverty, discrimination and segregation. She moved to Chicago at 23 to seek her fortune, but found little opportunity there as well. Wild tales of flying exploits from returning WWI soldiers first inspired her to explore aviation, but she faced a double stigma in that dream being both African American and a woman.
She set her sights on France in order to reach her dreams and began studying French. In 1920, Coleman crossed the ocean with all of her savings and the financial support of Robert Abbott, one of the first African American millionaires. Over the next seven months, she learned to fly and in June of 1921, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale awarded her an international pilot's license. Wildly celebrated upon her return to the United States, reporters turned out in droves to greet her.
Coleman performed at numerous airshows over the next five years, performing heart thrilling stunts, encouraging other African Americans to pursue flying, and refusing to perform where Blacks were not admitted. When she tragically died in a plane accident in 1926, famous writer and equal rights advocate Ida B. Wells presided over her funeral. An editorial in the "Dallas Express" stated, "There is reason to believe that the general public did not completely sense the size of her contribution to the achievements of the race as such."