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Articles tagged with 'schools'

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Common Core is not the problem: testing, paranoia, and pandering are

Published July 21, 2014

Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finally got off the fence and called for the state's lawmakers to "repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by people in Wisconsin." Clearly an attempt to motivate his base, Walker's statement -- like most anti-Common Core sentiments -- missed the mark on what the real problems are and opened up an ugly can of worms.

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Students lose in ongoing battle against teacher tenure

Published June 17, 2014

Teacher tenure is not the cause of poor student achievement, and trying to "reform" it will do nothing to improve educational outcomes for the students who most need our help. Indeed, they will suffer as any last protections or incentives for good teachers to stay are "reformed" right out of existence.

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MPS names Driver acting superintendent

Published June 5, 2014

Tonight the Milwaukee Board of School Directors named MPS chief innovation officer Dr. Darienne Driver as acting superintendent, beginning July 1.

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

Published May 25, 2014

We were curious to hear what parents and teachers in the district thought were the areas that were overlooked or under-addressed in the district over the past four years; not a bashing session, but an honest discussion of areas that need a boost in our schools. So, we asked...

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B93.3 awards "Teacher of the Year"

Published May 20, 2014

WLDB-FM B93.3 announced the winner of its "Teacher of the Year Contest" -- Julie Leonhardt of Bayside Middle School.

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AWE residency leads Starms kindergarteners to dig deeper into science

Published May 19, 2014

Kids come and go from schools; it's just the nature of things. But thanks to Artists Working in Education, many Milwaukee children are making a lasting mark on their schools. Among about a dozen projects this semester that A.W.E. is doing in schools this year is one at Starms Early Childhood Center that has kids studying science through an art project that will have a permanent place in the school building.

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Chatting with Caldecott-winning author and artist Faith Ringgold

Published May 15, 2014

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. OnMilwaukee got a chance to quick sit down with Ringgold and chat about her lecture this evening, "Tar Beach" and the importance of sharing stories.

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Schools & Communities United unveils education report and organizing event

Published May 14, 2014

In advance of a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision that led to the desegregation of America's schools, Milwaukee's School & Communities United - a coalition of community, teacher, student, labor, civic and religious organizations - has issued a report on education in Milwaukee.

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MPS takes to the streets to bolster enrollment

Published May 12, 2014

For the past decade, Milwaukee Public Schools enrollment has been falling with each passing year. Then, this year, something curious happened. Enrollment edged up. That gain may be attributed, at least in part, to a door-to-door canvassing program that took place last summer and will be expanded this year.

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Nicolet's Miller moves on to life's next act

Published May 11, 2014

Since 1982, Kenn Miller has dazzled audiences as head of the Nicolet Theatre Department. He's the king of orchestrating every detail, so when the Nicolet High School Administration and Performing Arts Committee plotted to surprise Miller with a tribute to honor his retirement following the curtain call of his final staging of a "Midsummer Night's Dream" on Saturday, May 10, the challenge was steep.

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New coordinator position ought to bolster schools' parent engagement

Published May 8, 2014

If MPS schools have been charged in the past with failing to properly engage parents, families and communities, that ought to change with the hiring at every school of a 30-hour para-professional whose job is to reach out to and collaborate with parents and the community.

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German teachers association honors local schools and students

Published May 7, 2014

This afternoon, the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) released the results of their annual National German Exam. Of that group, 74 placed in the top 10 percent nationwide. Their high-marked performance earned the Gold Certificate on the exam, as well as qualified them for a paid four-week summer study trip to Germany. This year's winner was Hannah Doyle, a junior at Brookfield Academy.

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Rethinking Schools book project nears funding goal

Published May 7, 2014

Milwaukee-based Rethinking Schools, a national social justice magazine for educators, recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowd-fund a new book called "Rethinking Sexism, Gender and Sexuality," due for 2015 publication. With five days of the campaign remaining, the project has already raised more than $15,000 of the $20,000 goal.

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Wauwatosa teacher earns spot in national PBS program

Published April 26, 2014

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.