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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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MPS details Malcolm X settlement for city committee

MPS details Malcolm X settlement for city committee

A group of Milwaukee Public Schools officials appeared before the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee at City Hall Tuesday morning to offer updates on the plan to open an International Baccalaureate middle school at the former Malcolm X Academy, 2760 N. 1st St. The communication — sponsored by Ald. Robert Bauman — was […]

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Great teaching endures in the memories of students

Great teaching endures in the memories of students

By Kathy Quirk – I recently attended my high school reunion – I won’t say which one, but let’s say it’s in the decades. One of the trivia games we played was naming those teachers from all those many years ago, when given a quick clue.  It was amazing to me how many of us […]

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Fuller backs Common Core standards

Fuller backs Common Core standards

This is no time for Wisconsin to abandon the Common Core education standards, according to Howard Fuller, former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. The controversial standards have become a hot-button issue in Wisconsin and around the country. Gov. Scott Walker called upon the state legislature in July to repeal the standards. In voicing his support, […]

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Milwaukee Talks: MPS superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver

Milwaukee Talks: MPS superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver

Yesterday, on the morning she officially began work as permanent MPS superintendent — becoming the first woman to hold that office — we sat down with Dr. Darienne Driver to chat. Driver — at 36 surely one of the younger urban superintendents in the country — was named acting superintendent in June after having served as the […]

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When was the last time you thanked a teacher? Here’s your chance.

When was the last time you thanked a teacher? Here’s your chance.

Everyone has a story about a teacher who made a difference in their life. Maybe it was Mrs. Tucker who taught you to read. Maybe it was Mr. Burke who showed you how to avoid being bullied on the playground.  Or Mrs. Marvin, who is the singular reason you know long division. Then again, it […]

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You Won’t Remember Me: Reflections on Ms. P

You Won’t Remember Me: Reflections on Ms. P

By Talonda Lipsey-Brown – Dear Miss, You won’t remember me or my name. You have flunked so many of us. On the other hand, I have often had thoughts about you and the other teachers, and about that institution which you call “school” and about the kids that you flunk. You flunk us right out […]

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Report: State education funding model fuels inequities across Wisconsin

Madison’s non-partisan Forward Institute released a report Monday that looked at education funding across the state of Wisconsin and found that over the past decade increasing poverty, deep education cuts, voucher expansion, the economic recession and growing rates of bilingual and special needs enrollment have led to a system that fuels funding and opportunity gaps […]

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Social media could help MPS parent coordinators connect

When school opened for the majority of MPS schools this week, most every program had a new 30-hour-a-week parent coordinator paraprofessional on staff to help school staff and families build bridges.  The specifics on the new positions are in a post I wrote back in May. “We’re all very excited about the new Parent Coordinators,” School Board […]

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