The Milpitas Community Educational Endowment (MCEE) has been a partner to the district over the last nine and a half years and has recently reached its initial milestone of raising $100,000. Robert Jung, founder of MCEE, gave a brief
about its impact to the community and a review of its newly established goals for the next five years.
Jung said the organization operates under three categories: scholarships, grants, endowment; key programs; and incubator. Since their founding, MCEE has provided more than $13,500 in scholarships, and created new programs including the STEAM showcase, Summer Opportunities Fair, Preschool Resource Fair, Community Programs, and Partnership Programs. In December 2018, MCEE reached its initial funding goal for its endowment of $100,000. Because of this, starting in the 2019-20 school year, they will begin annual grants to MUSD, targeted at 5 percent of the endowment value ($5,000).
In looking toward the future, Jung shared his hopes to strengthen the partnership with the district, double the endowment by 2024, continue to offer established programs and offer new ones, and grow and strengthen the organization.
"I want to take this time to acknowledge you for the work you do and will continue to do on behalf of Milpitas Unified School District children," said Board President Chris Norwood.
Jordan said in looking at Jung's incubator programs, he would be able to help the district with her plan to bring forth to the Board before the end of the school year a resolution to adopt computer science standards and to be a computer science focused school district.
"Over the last year, year and a half, the Board and when you were on the Board talked about the importance of computer science and it's something that's deeper than just coding or STEM, it's actually helping our students to develop that mindset," Jordan said. "You can talk about computer science mindset without a computer."
It was a hope she introduced for the first time with Executive Cabinet and Board Members at the meeting.
"When you talk about that, you said that computer science doesn't require a computer," Norwood said. "Can you expand on your vision just a little bit?"
Jordan said computer science isn't just about having a kid in front of a computer, like coding.
"Computer science is about learning a language, it's about learning logic," she said. "It's about learning how there are patterns that are direct through mathematical thinking. And it's that thinking we need to start being cognizant in our instruction with our students, because that is what will enable them to understand the language of computers."
She added: "As we look forward, we know we are in the fourth industrial revolution. We know that things we typically do as humans are being done by artificial intelligence, such as delivery trucks or going to McDonald's and not having anyone there to order your food. So it's imperative that our students start to incorporate this into their thinking and their learning, because if they don't they're behind, and I don't want that happening on my watch."