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AWE residency leads Starms kindergarteners to dig deeper into science

AWE residency leads Starms kindergarteners to dig deeper into science

Kids come and go from schools; it’s just the nature of things. But thanks to

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Chatting with Caldecott-winning author and artist Faith Ringgold

Chatting with Caldecott-winning author and artist Faith Ringgold

The day just got cooler today at two MPS schools. This morning, renowned author and artist Faith Ringgold read her 1992 Caldecott-winning children’s book “Tar Beach” to students at Hampton Elementary School. Then tonight at 6, Ringgold will give a public lecture at North Division High School. The two events coincide with the new “Stories [...]

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Celebration of Teaching: Mr. Brian Weisse

Celebration of Teaching: Mr. Brian Weisse

By Mariclare Kanaley – The first time I met Mr. Brian Weisse, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. It was the spring of 2011– the end of the semester just before I was to start my student teaching; he was assigned to be my cooperating teacher, or “co-op,” as I called him. I [...]

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New coordinator position ought to bolster schools’ parent engagement

New coordinator position ought to bolster schools’ parent engagement

Most everyone seems to agree that parent involvement and community engagement are among the key factors for school success (though there is conflicting research out there, too, that says having involved parents offers a child no guarantee of success and can even inhibit student success as parents are distracted by bake sales and politics). If [...]

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German teachers association honors local schools and students

German teachers association honors local schools and students

This afternoon, the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) released the results of their annual National German Exam. Of the 20,000 high school students across the country who took the exam, 680 students were from Wisconsin. Of that group, 74 placed in the top 10 percent nationwide – 22 of which from MPS’ Milwaukee [...]

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Rethinking Schools book project nears funding goal

Rethinking Schools book project nears funding goal

Milwaukee-based

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More Expert Others: Teacher Effectiveness is Key

More Expert Others: Teacher Effectiveness is Key

By Kerry Seiberlich – I’ve heard from a lot of teachers that they liked school so much, they never left. That’s what drew me to education – I’ve always loved to learn, and as a teacher, I’m in for a lifetime of it. Currently, my learning takes place mostly in college classrooms, but I see all [...]

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Kids marathon puts running and reading on summer to-do lists

Kids marathon puts running and reading on summer to-do lists

Parents dreading their kids’ summer boredom and those “awwwe mom” moments can thank veteran marathoner Bill Schneider for creating an incentive to get youngsters reading and running. Now in its fifth year, the I Run Kids Marathon motivates children in grades one through eight to log 26.2 miles and 26 books, or 26 hours of [...]

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MPS takes to the streets to bolster enrollment

For the past decade,

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MPS has seen successes in past four years, but there’s room to improve

MPS has seen successes in past four years, but there’s room to improve

In the wake of news that Dr. Gregory Thornton would leave his post as superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools to take the same position with Baltimore City Schools beginning in July, a number of media outlets reported on Dr. Thornton’s

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Wauwatosa teacher earns spot in national PBS program

Wauwatosa teacher earns spot in national PBS program

Chris Lazarski, a teacher at Wauwatosa West High School, has been named a 2014 PBS “LearningMedia” Digital Innovator by PBS “LearningMedia,” an on-demand digital media service from PBS offering more than 35,000 digital resources for educators. In April, PBS “LearningMedia” and Milwaukee Public Television selected 100 educators for the program, which rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators [...]

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What’s a CogAT? Your second grader knows

What’s a CogAT? Your second grader knows

The push back against testing in schools is all over the news lately, with protests across the country by parents and educators who believe schools are spending way too much time not only testing, but prepping for tests, to the exclusion of all subjects other than the few that are tested. Among the tests kids [...]

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Merged program at 81st Street School takes steps forward

Merged program at 81st Street School takes steps forward

When it comes to schools, communities often know best. Maybe not always, but often. And it looks like in the case of

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Bradley Tech receives $250,000 gift for welding lab expansion

Bradley Tech receives $250,000 gift for welding lab expansion

Wednesday afternoon, MPS announced that Bradley Tech High School received a $250,000 gift from the Bucyrus Foundation, a donor-advised fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, to go toward expanding the school’s welding lab. The $250,000 gift will add four welding stations to the Bradley Tech lab, which was formally named the Bucyrus Foundation Welding Lab [...]

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We have time; let’s get school accountability right

We have time; let’s get school accountability right

With the Wisconsin State Assembly’s passage of SB286, a moderate “school accountability” bill that mostly just requires voucher schools to be part of the school report card system, efforts to impose a stricter, full-of-punishments accountability bill are over for this session. The first six months of next year will be budget time, meaning we have [...]

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