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The Education Effect

In September 2011, FIU and Miami-Dade County Public Schools established The Education Effect, a university supported community school partnership to improve educational outcomes in Liberty City. Sparked by a three-year seed investment from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the partnership connects the community, schools, students and parents with university expertise, resources and research-based intervention programs to address pressing educational and social needs of students at Miami Northwestern Senior High School and its feeder schools.

Miami Northwestern Senior High is a center of pride in the community, serving over 1,700 students. The overarching goal of our partnership is to ensure all students graduate from Miami Northwestern and are prepared to enter college or careers. In support of this goal, the partnership implements in-school, afterschool and summer programs, teacher development, parental and community outreach and facilitates college admission and readiness.


  • Aquaponics Lab and Organic at MNW, an integrated program for advancing STEM education and healthy living in Liberty City, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Bull Investors Financial Literacy and Investment Program in collaboration with College of Business
  • Expanding opportunities for MNW students to take college courses for college credit in high school through Dual Enrollment
  • Service Learning: FIU and MNW students participate in classes where academic learning outcomes are integrated with civic engagement
  • Panther for A Day College Visits & Advising: strategic early college exposure and advising interventions for students from MNW and feeder middle schools
  • The FIU Golden Scholars Summer Bridge Program: an early entry college transition program for MDCPS students entering FIU to support increase of students of African-American descent entering FIU


Donnie Hale Jr., Ed.D.
Director, The Education Effect


"Miami Northwestern Senior High School has served as a center of pride for our Liberty City community. 'The West' was always known as a powerhouse for athletics - and it still is. Today, Miami Northwestern has renewed its goal - to become a powerhouse in academics as well. The Education Effect has emerged as a change agent to support 'The West' as academic champions." - Wallace Aristide, Principal, Miami Northwestern Senior High School

"When I walked into Miami Northwestern, it was as if there was a sense of opportunity at that school... it was as if that school was going to take me where I needed to go...  The Education Effect has brought me to places I had never thought possible. I didn't know that I was going to be in an Agroecology program at FIU and have a $26,000 scholarship. When I was younger I always dreamed of being in the medical field. Now I am actually going towards my dream." - Angie Fleurissaint, Miami Northwestern, Class of 2012

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