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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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The halls are alive with the art of students

The halls are alive with the art of students

The one thing that makes a closed school building look lifeless and truly dead is the lack of student artwork on the walls. For me, other than the people, the thing that’s most interesting in any school is the student artwork on display. If you’ve ever welcomed me into your school and wondered if I’m [...]

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Secretary Kerry recognizes two local schools for exchange program efforts

Secretary Kerry recognizes two local schools for exchange program efforts

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently commended several schools from across the nation, including two right here in Milwaukee, for their efforts in hosting high school foreign exchange students.  MPS’ Rufus King High School and Wauwatosa West High School both received nods from Secretary Kerry for their roles in hosting exchange students and, in [...]

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Mayfair to honor a special teacher for National Teacher’s Day

Mayfair to honor a special teacher for National Teacher’s Day

Think your teacher is the best? Mayfair is currently seeking nominations for top teachers in the area for a part of its Celebrate Teachers! program.  Teachers can be nominated on Mayfair Mall’s

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MPS: Let the search begin

MPS: Let the search begin

On Tuesday, the

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