Archive for July, 2011

SOS March: Mizialko’s speech

Milwaukee’s Amy Mizialko, a veteran MPS district mentor, spoke today at the SOS March in Washington, D.C., alongside Diane Ravitch, Jonathan Kozol and Matt Damon. The march, in support of public education, drew thousands of educators and supporters from around the country. Here is the text of her speech: Good afternoon. The last time I […]

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SOS March update: Friday

Amy Mizialko dropped me a note today with an update on the SOS March in Washington, D.C. For some more background, read Voices for Education.org. She is organizing postcards to Obama that say: “Dear Pres. Obama, You are creating schools that you wouldn’t want your own children to attend. We want the same kind of […]

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Wisconsin teacher reports from STEM Institute

Wisconsin teacher Sarah Ludwig will post blogs during her time as one of 50 American educations – and one of two from the state – invited to participate in the Siemens STEM Institute this summer. I am Sarah Ludwig, science teacher at Woodworth Middle School in Fond du Lac, and I am one of

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Teachers are us

I love kids and I love schools and I love the excitement of learning and sharing knowledge and I think teaching can be a rewarding – tough, but rewarding – job. I envy those that do it well. But, and I don’t want this to come off the wrong way, I’m glad I’m not a […]

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Teachers vote against concessions

In a letter sent to its membership and to the media today MTEA president Bob Peterson said that more than 52 percent of teachers voted against concessions and as a result the union will not re-open talks with Milwaukee Public Schools in an effort to ease the number of teacher layoffs. “The survey showed that […]

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Sending back from SOS

Yesterday, I connected with Amy Mizialko and Judy Gundry, two MPS veterans, who work as district mentors and are on their way to the SOS March in Washington, D.C., this week. Mizialko and Gundry will send back dispatches from the event, which I’ll post here in my blog. Mizialko,

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Educators march in D.C. this weekend

Updates about the SOS March and a related two-day educators’ conference in Washington D.C., this weekend have been all over Twitter and Facebook for months now. “The Save Our Schools March is being held in response to recent destructive ‘reform’ efforts which have undermined our public educational system, demoralized teachers, and reduced the education of […]

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Hamilton hosts Be the Change inaugural ceremony today

Milwaukee Ald. Ashanti Hamilton and MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton host today’s culmination ceremony for the inaugural class of young men who participated in the Be the Change program. The event, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall rotunda, is open to the public. The five-week program was launched earlier this summer to teach literacy, […]

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It’s summer, but there’s still school news

Here are some tidbits to remind you that school is just around the corner. Remember, first day back is Thursday, Sept. 1. There is a Milwaukee Public Schools board meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 28, at 5225 W. Vliet St. You can see the full agenda new principals when the School Board meets on […]

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Montessori High has had success

On Monday, I posted School Improvement Grants Turnaround and word that a principal would be hired to replace the teacher-leaders. (A principal was not hired and the school remains teacher-led.) Yesterday, I was contacted by Josh Zimmers, who co-founded the school, and by lead teacher Chip Johnston, who took me to task over my comment, […]

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Two schools get a new charter tenant; not a new owner (yet)

The Business Journal reported yesterday afternoon that reported the purchases were part of a $9 million capital campaign. For now, Rauh says, there is no plan to purchase the buildings. “Right now our focus is solely on getting the two buildings ready for the fall, fully enrolled and staffed,” he said. “It’s nice to have […]

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Teachers get a union survey and an open letter from MPS

Although the MTEA has repeatedly said it would not enter into negotiations with MPS to change the contract that both sides agreed upon last year (and which runs through 2013), the teachers’ union recently sent out a survey to poll its members on the matter. The survey asks, “Should the MTEA enter into negotiations to […]

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NAACP report touts public Montessori schools

If you read my blog posts, you know I support public education. You may have also gleaned that I believe in the public Montessori program, too. As is the case at most MPS Montessoris, the new Tosa program already has a waiting list. While those in the Montessori schools caution against making the existing programs […]

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Energetic Martinez positioned well to lead Kagel School into the future

On Sept. 1, new principal Nancy Martinez will stand outside Kagel Elementary in Walker’s Point to welcome her kids to school. “I am going to roll out the blue carpet for the students,” says Martinez with the kind of enthusiasm that seems to surround her like an aura. “Blue is our (school) color but it […]

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Uniform school supply lists simpler, but may stretch budgets

Throughout much of the spring, there were little buzzes around the district that MPS was looking at supply lists on the individual school websites and tinkering with the idea of creating a uniform supply list across the district. That buzz became reality this summer as MPS posted its 2011-12 Student Supplies List for Pre-School through […]

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