Articles By: SchoolMattersMKE

Library explores Milwaukee’s historic schoolhouses with exhibit and panel

Library explores Milwaukee’s historic schoolhouses with exhibit and panel

I’m honored to work with the good folks at Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., on a small exhibit and panel discussion that look into Milwaukee’s historic public schoolhouses. In recent weeks, I teamed with librarians in the library’s Art, Music & Recreation and Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room — as well […]

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16 Highland Community School students land in China for conference

16 Highland Community School students land in China for conference

  After 27 hours of travel, 16 students – age 13 to 15 – from Highland Community School arrived today at the Zhongyou Garden Hotel in China. Highland is an MPS Montessori charter school, now located in the former MacDowell Montessori building on 17th and Highland. The eighth and ninth grade students made the long […]

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MPS students benefit from $9.1M in competitive grants

MPS students benefit from $9.1M in competitive grants

  Students in Milwaukee Public Schools will receive greater academic, behavioral and mental health supports thanks to the district’s successful efforts to help bring in $9.1 million in competitive grants, the district announced this month. “These grants support and complement the important work taking place in schools every day to prepare students for college and […]

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Firefighters donate 2,500 new coats to MPS kids

Firefighters donate 2,500 new coats to MPS kids

Milwaukee firefighters have been raising money throughout the year to support the “Warm Up Winter” campaign. Over the past two  years Milwaukee Firefighters have donated 5,000 new winter coats  to children in 11 MPS schools. Often times, when a child does  not have a proper coat they will not make it to school or participate […]

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MPS educator named Midwest PE Teacher of the Year

MPS educator named Midwest PE Teacher of the Year

Wisconsin’s top elementary physical education teacher for 2014 — Gail Milbrath of Milwaukee Public Schools’ Greenfield Bilingual School — just learned she’s in line for an even higher honor. Gail Milbrath is also the Midwest PE Teacher of the Year for 2015! The word from the national Society of Health and Physical Educators or SHAPE America […]

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Washington High School wins app development curriculum

Washington High School wins app development curriculum

Lest you think there’s nothing good going on at Washington High School — and if you base your opinions on Milwaukee media, you surely might think that — MPS announced today that the West Side high school is one of just 10 U.S. schools chosen to get a mobile app development and entrepreneurship curriculum. Some […]

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MPS votes tonight on new charter program proposed for former Lee

MPS votes tonight on new charter program proposed for former Lee

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors will likely vote on the petition to create a new instrumentality charter school proposed for the former Lee Elementary School building at 9th and Meinecke tonight at its regular monthly meeting at MPS’ Central Services. Lee, built in the late 19th century, has been vacant since its program was […]

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King IB Middle Years Campus will move into renovated Malcolm X site in 2016

King IB Middle Years Campus will move into renovated Malcolm X site in 2016

The high performing International Baccalaureate middle school program that MPS board members and administration has been promising for the former Malcolm X Academy, 2760 N. 1st St., is an existing program. The plan is to move Rufus King International School – Middle Years Campus, currently housed in the former McNair Elementary, at 4950 N. 24th […]

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Lessons from NYC and Chicago can help us do universal pre-K right

Lessons from NYC and Chicago can help us do universal pre-K right

Driving home from school yesterday, my child pointed out the window at one of the many day cares we pass on our daily routes. “That’s kind of a depressing looking place,” he said, and I asked which place he meant. “That day care. Even the curtains in the windows are tattered.” As any working parent […]

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MPS hosts 58th Council of Great City Schools conference in Milwaukee

MPS hosts 58th Council of Great City Schools conference in Milwaukee

This week, the Council of the Great City Schools hosts its 58th annual fall conference in Milwaukee, hosted by MPS, and some big names in the world of education and beyond will be on hand for the event, which runs Oct. 22-26. The conference — “Fresh Water, Fresh Thinking in Urban Education” — takes place […]

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Manhattan Project scientist among 11 Washington alums set to join Hall of Fame

Manhattan Project scientist among 11 Washington alums set to join Hall of Fame

Eleven accomplished alumni of Milwaukee Public Schools’ Washington High School will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame on Friday. Inductees include a medical school professor, a popular radio host, a Marine veteran and championship NFL player, a restaurant owner, a member of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, a longtime educator, a physician […]

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Thurston Woods Campus benefits from federal dollars for Commitment Schools

Thurston Woods Campus benefits from federal dollars for Commitment Schools

At Thurston Woods Campus, Principal Keona Jones has used a portion of the funds the school was awarded through the Commitment Schools program to hire Katrina Edmond, a teacher who works with K-8 students to improve mathematics and literacy. “I look at their strengths,” explained Edmond, the “building intervention” teacher at Thurston Woods, 5966 N. […]

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Back to the old (school)house after nearly 70 years

Back to the old (school)house after nearly 70 years

The first time I walked into the attic at Maryland Avenue Montessori School, I was wowed by the amount of graffiti. Rendered in pencil, pen, chalk, carved into the wood, painted, there were names dating back to when this part of the school was built — 1893. I’ve been in many school attics since and […]

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"AninA" teaches students an important message at education screening

"AninA" teaches students an important message at education screening

On the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 7, large yellow buses parked outside of the Oriental Theatre on 2230 N. Farwell Ave. Inside the main lobby, staff members and volunteers stood by anxiously awaiting the arrival of nearly a thousand students, visiting the theatre from 15 different Milwaukee schools. Eventually, school by school, students – ranging from […]

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There be Dragons: Why Dr. Driver’s sailing may not be so smooth

There be Dragons: Why Dr. Driver’s sailing may not be so smooth

I just turned 40 a few weeks ago — barely into my prime! — but it seems I have reached the point in my life/teaching career where both my principal and superintendent are younger than I am. The times they are … etc. This bit of self-reflection is prompted, of course, by the somewhat-surprising vote […]

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