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Articles tagged with 'schools'

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Mitchell is among area schools getting a primp from GE volunteers today

Published Aug. 21, 2014

Today, more than 2,500 current and retired GE employees, plus about 150 other volunteers, are walking into 16 Milwaukee Public Schools and four Waukesha Public Schools (as well as Greenfield High School) to paint, clean, organize and landscape to help the schools plan for the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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MPS will offer free meals to all students

Published Aug. 11, 2014

All MPS students will now have access to free breakfast and lunch at school. Over the summer, Milwaukee Public Schools was accepted into a program, open to schools that take part in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, that allows it to offer free lunch to all students enrolled in the district.

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MKE Teacher SPAce aims to support educators of all kinds

Published Aug. 3, 2014

As if teaching all year long wasn't enough, Melissa Pallin -- who teachers lower elementary (1-3 grades) at Highland Community School and leads a summer learning program, too -- has taken an idea and made it reality in the matter of just a few months. In April, Pallin hit upon the idea of a space that would support her fellow teachers in a wide variety of ways. By July, her MKE Teacher SPAce was open on the second floor of the Plankinton Arcade in The Shops of Grand Avenue.

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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.