Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP Announces:

The HOPE Network of Schools and

The Katherine G. Johnson STEAM School for Girls

The HOPE Network of Schools was developed by a grassroots group of educators, nonprofit leaders, community members and S.T.E.A.M. professionals commissioned by Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP (D2F). In October 2015, D2F convened a group of community stakeholders to explore the needs, barriers and critical factors which contribute to the gaps of women/girls of color in S.T.E.M. (Science.Technology.Engineering.Math). For over a year, a series of Think Tank sessions were hosted in target communities on Chicago’s south side.

Think Tank groups participated in four full day sessions which explored problems in the existing educational system, possible solutions and innovative school design strategies. Outcomes from the meetings were translated into graphic images highlighting aspects of a school model. Focus groups were conducted with over 100 current teachers from district operated and charter schools, parents, and girls (ages 8-16). The results championed the case for a gender-specific school model which immerses girls grades K-8 in S.T.E.A.M. (STEM +ARTS).

A formal design team was assembled and tasked with creating a nonprofit organization to begin the development of the first school. The outcome was the creation of the HOPE (Honor.Opportunity.Purpose.Endurance) Network of Schools in January 2017. In April, 2017 the HOPE Network of Schools submitted its first school model, the Katherine G. Johnson STEAM School for Girls (KGJSS) to Chicago Public Schools for approval as a contract school. KGJSS is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

For more information visit the official website www.hopenetworkofschools.org

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