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MPS selects 14 schools to be transformed as Commitment Schools

Thursday night, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors selected 14 MPS schools to be transformed through its new Commitment Schools effort. The goal is to revamp these identified underperforming schools into high-performing ones through the implementation of rigorous academic and behavioral interventions with increased resources to achieve greater success in readying students for college and […]

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Grading MPS superintendent Thornton

It’s kids and family week here at OnMilwaukee.com and, more than ever, we’ll feature articles and blogs about children’s health, education, travel, fun and more. Kids and family week is brought to you by Aurora Health Care. Now that my boss, Dr. Gregory Thornton, has nearly finished his tenure at the helm of Wisconsin’s largest […]

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Packers, Edvest team up to keep kids reading

It’s kids and family week here at OnMilwaukee.com and, more than ever, we’ll feature articles and blogs about children’s health, education, travel, fun and more. Kids and family week is brought to you by Aurora Health Care. One of my favorite players to deal with on a weekly basis up in Green Bay is Micah […]

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MPS names Driver acting superintendent

Tonight the Milwaukee Board of School Directors named MPS chief innovation officer Dr. Darienne Driver as acting superintendent, beginning July 1. Driver takes over for outgoing superintendent, Dr. Gregory Thornton, who officially leaves June 30 to Here’s what he said. And here are some areas that parents and teachers say could use

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Teachers Change Lives: Thank You, Dr. Jody Jessup-Anger

Teachers Change Lives: Thank You, Dr. Jody Jessup-Anger

By Sally Doyle —  In May 2013, I graduated with a Master of Education degree from Marquette University. Dr. Jody Jessup-Anger is at the top of a long list of individuals to whom I owe a debt of gratitude. Without her support, wisdom, guidance, advice, and care for me as an individual, I would not […]

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You’re on My List

You’re on My List

By Al Bitter — Vladimir Putin made the list. So did Serena Williams, Hillary Clinton, and Miley Cyrus. Each year TIME Magazine publishes a list of 100 leaders, heroes, thinkers, and artists who “most affect our world.” We might argue whether the effect these movers and shakers have is positive or negative, but there’s no denying […]

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Teens rally to demand: put the guns down

Last week 10-year-old Sierra Guyton was shot while she played in the schoolyard at Clarke Street School. That, along with many other incidents, has fueled a group of middle school students at MPS’ Serve 2 Unite is a non-profit group founded by

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B93.3 awards "Teacher of the Year"

It goes without saying that education is important. However, because it becomes a necessary way of life, it often blends into the background of our normal routines. That’s why it is good to take the time to thank the educators and staff members that truly shine in their work to teach the next generation. WLDB-FM […]

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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

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

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

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

Milwaukee-based It’s OK to Be Neither’ is the story of Melissa’s growth as a teacher when Allie, a student who is gender non-conforming, joined her class. Until then, Melissa had not realized how customs like lining up by girls and boys could create problems for students who do not fit neatly into the female/male binary. […]

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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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