Archive for August, 2011

Drama, music and fine arts to get a new home at Pius XI High School

Groundbreaking took place this week on what will be the new home of the Pius XI performing arts programs. Construction is underway to turn the school’s old gym into the Fr. Robert V. Carney Performing Arts Center. Nearly $3 million in private donations were raised to build the center through a 10-year capital campaign project. […]

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Tuning up a classroom for the new school year

Earlier this week, three days before Milwaukee Public Schools students were set to return to start the 2011-12 school year, I paid a visit to Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts to meet with the school’s Mike Saindon to see how a music teacher prepares to make sure the new school year starts off in […]

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STEM Academy provides incredible week for teachers

Wisconsin teacher Sarah Ludwig was one of 50 American educations – and one of two from the state – invited to participate in the Siemens STEM Institute this summer. I arrived in Washington, D.C. on Sunday July 31 to start an incredible week of science, technology, engineering and math professional development at the 2011 Siemens […]

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Peters’ pep talk is part of ongoing GE/MPS relationship

In the seven months since word arrived that the GE Foundation was giving MPS $20.4 million, the district and its benefactor have been working together on a number of initiatives. At the start of the year, GE Healthcare helped make over the computer lab at Morse/Marshall with the help of CompuCom, which donated 45 computers. […]

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More than 70% of Americans have confidence in teachers

The 43rd annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is a year survey that gauges public opinion on public schools. You can download the entire report, titled, “Betting On Teachers,” or a highlights sheet, here. But in the meantime, here are some interesting numbers to get your attention and […]

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Hines is working to take Gaenslen all the way

In July I met the whirlwind of excitement and energy that is Nancy Martinez, who recently took over as principal at MPS’ Kagel pre-K through fifth grade school in Walker’s Point. In August, I visited her friend and colleague Tamara Hines, who hopes to provide some stability at Gaenslen School, a pre-K through eighth grade […]

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Prepare kids for the first day of school

The school bell will toll in a couple of weeks – if it hasn’t already – and a new crop of kids will begin their academic careers. For some little people, starting school, or a new school, is exciting. For other kids, however, it is a challenge, and one that might trigger tummy butterflies and […]

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ProPublica site analyzes federal education data

The ProPublica website has analyzed federal education data from the 2009-2010 school year as a means of seeing if states offer equal access to educational opportunities. According to the site, “This is the first nationwide picture of exactly which courses are being taken at which schools and districts across the country. More than three-quarters of […]

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SOS March wrap-ups

If you wondering how the SOS March went in Washington, D.C., this weekend, here is a link to Valerie Strauss’ blog posting on the march from the Washington Post. If you want a local angle, here is a dispatch from MPS mentor Amy Daroszeski, who was one of a number of local educators who made […]

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