Archive for December, 2011

Two books share advice for “Getting Kids the Education They Deserve”

Two books share advice for “Getting Kids the Education They Deserve”

Lately I’ve been reading two books that have nearly identical subtitles on their jackets. But what’s between the hardcovers of these titles couldn’t be more different. “The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve” is roughly 200 pages of background and advice for parents by journalist Peg Tyre, who also […]

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Milwaukee kids set Guinness record for reading

Milwaukee kids set Guinness record for reading

Winterfest is more than bouncy houses, a carousel and rides. According to a Visit Milwaukee press release issued today, Milwaukee’s “Read It To Beat It” challenge surpassed the previous Guinness World Book of Records title of  “the most children reading together with an adult” on Wednesday morning at Winter Fest – the newest and coolest addition […]

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Good for you Mrs. McGill and students!

Good for you Mrs. McGill and students!

Driving past Maple Tree School, 6644 N. 107th St., today I noticed this sign: It doesn’t say that every kid in the K4 through 5th grade school on Milwaukee’s far northwest side, is an ace mathematician or a top reader – it’s true that the school faces challenges in terms of state test scores – but […]

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Downtown Montessori acquires St. Augustine building

Downtown Montessori acquires St. Augustine building

From Bay View Compass: “Downtown Montessori Academy is planting its roots in the Bay View community after purchasing the building it has rented for the past five years.” http://bayviewcompass.com/archives/9619

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EdCampMKE coming in May

EdCamp Milwaukee doesn’t take place for another six months, but Twitter’s already abuzz about the education “unconference” slated for Saturday, May 12, 2012 at South Milwaukee High School. The one-day event is organized locally by Chad Kafka – a middle school computer teacher and district technology coach at Franklin Public Schools – Tami Lind – […]

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Adam Bradley on hip-hop

In a previous blog posting I talked about Adam Bradley’s “Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop” as a source for teachers to understand and connect curriculum to popular culture. I have since learned that Adam Bradley has edited an entire anthology on rap that can be reviewed here. Following is a letter Bradley wrote […]

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A guide to MPS facilities changes

The MPS board met Tuesday night to vote on a number of school closings, moves and other changes. Here is a quick guide to the results, courtesy of MPS. The following schools will close at the end of the current school year (June 2012): 65th Street School Burroughs Middle School SUPAR WORK Institute Montessori High […]

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Discovery World helps build the “Water Generation”

One hundred students from six area high schools will participate in Discovery World’s “Building the Water Generation,” a special program created to help high school students understand the importance of freshwater resources. The program will take place Tuesday, Dec. 13 as part of Discovery World’s United Nations-recognized Thirst Program. It will include presentations from industry, political […]

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Schools need a truly multicultural approach

Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Crossroads section ran a thoughtful article about schools’ failures in educating African-American youth. The author, Tamiko Jordan-Obregon of the Milwaukee Center for Leadership Development, addresses the fact that many African-American youth do not connect with curriculum in our schools. Jordan-Obregon quotes Carter G. Woodson about the need for schools to be […]

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68th Street School community wins short-term victory

The parents and staff at 68th Street Early Childhood Education Center on 68th and Moltke Avenue have reason to celebrate. At least for now. For the second straight year, the school, built in 1917 and acquired by MPS when the city annexed the land on which it sits, has faced closure. Last year, the community […]

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MPS must overcome obstacles

There are no excuses for the low performance of MPS students on the NAEP Math and Reading Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) described in the front page article of today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. There are obstacles, but they must be overcome. MPS is responding with an all-out campaign to improve our children’s reading and math […]

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Activity buzzing as Dover School prepares to become The Hive

When the educational program at Dover Street School moved at the end of the last school year to a nearby building it shares with the Tippecanoe program, the 1889-vintage Bay View school building is the site of a planned neighborhood arts center. According creative director Kellie Krawczyk, The Hive at Dover will be a community […]

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8-hour MPS meeting reveals complexities of school changes

There were 20 items on last night’s Innovation and School Reform Committee meeting agenda. Most were action items on closing or moving schools and on renewing – or not – school charters. Eight hours after it began at 5:30 p.m. the meeting ended with the bulk of the administrations proposals being endorsed by the committee. […]

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Meet Larry Miller, new OnMilwaukee.com blogger

For my first blog with OnMilwaukee.com, I wanted to give some background of my views on our K-12 education system. I have been accused of caring only about public education and public schools. For that I plead guilty. I believe in the importance of the concept of “public,” which I define as affecting and pertaining […]

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MPS committee agenda packed with school changes

The Milwaukee Public Schools Board Committee on Innovation and School Reform has a packed agenda for its meeting tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m. Most of the 20 items relate to closing or changing school programs, though there are also some recommendations to renew some expiring charter school contracts. Some of the closure items have roots […]

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