Living with cuts, a group of teachers works to connect
Now that school is back in session, Wisconsin educators are again focused tightly on the kids in the classrooms. But being back has made the state's cuts to schools even more real for teachers, administrators, parents and students. So, a group of teachers in the Monona Grove School District, south of Madison, are working to get teachers across the state together.
Downtown: How about a few pop up playgrounds?
There are several dull and under-used spaces and parks in greater Downtown. Let's pop up some playgrounds.
On the first day of school, some welcome news
Enrollment and attendance is up in MPS, suspensions are down. And superintendent Gregory Thornton says he isn't going home, at least not for now.
Train your dogs, people
There are two kinds of dog owners out there. Good dog owners and bad dog owners.
Firefighters invite neighbors to back to school block party
Milwaukee Fire Dept. Engine 34 / MED 13 hosts its annual back to school block party on Saturday, Aug. 27, to help distribute school supplies to needy kids in the community and to help welcome neighbors into the firehouse, located at 6205 W. Burleigh St.
STEM Academy provides incredible week for teachers
Fond du Lac Woodworth Middle School science teacher Sarah Ludwig arrived in Washington, D.C. on Sunday July 31 to start an incredible week of science, technology, engineering and math professional development at the 2011 Siemens STEM Academy. Here's her report.
Peters' pep talk is part of ongoing GE/MPS relationship
In the seven months since word arrived that the GE Foundation was giving MPS $20.4 million, the district and its benefactor have been working together on a number of initiatives. Among them was this morning's keynote address by Dr. Stephen Peters to MPS' principals, who gathered all week for a Leadership Institute at South Division.
More than 70% of Americans have confidence in teachers
The PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is an annual survey that gauges public opinion on public schools. Here are some interesting numbers to get your attention and encourage you to dig deeper by reading the entire report:
Breastfeeders: what do you think of this?
What do you think about the State Fair's "reconnection Station" for nursing mothers and children?
Yo Mama! dishes up free fro-yo for charity at grand opening
Yo Mama! frozen yogurt will give away free frozen yogurt from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. The event serves as the shop's grand opening celebration.
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum hosting family night
The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Ave., hosts "Villa Italiana Notte di Famiglia," an outdoor family night of Italian food and activities on Sunday Aug. 21.
ProPublica site analyzes federal education data
The ProPublica website has analyzed federal education data from the 2009-2010 school year as a means of seeing if states offer equal access to educational opportunities. Here are some of the numbers for Milwaukee as compared to the state average.
SOS March wrap-ups
If you wondering how the SOS March went in Washington, D.C., this weekend, here is a link to Valerie Strauss' blog posting on the march from the Washington Post. If you want a local angle, here is a dispatch from MPS mentor Amy Daroszeski, who was one of a number of local educators who made the trip out to a steamy D.C. to speak out in support of public education.
SOS March: Mizialko's speech
Milwaukee's Amy Mizialko, a veteran MPS district mentor, spoke today at the SOS March in Washington, D.C., alongside Diane Ravitch, Jonathan Kozol and Matt Damon. The march, in support of public education, drew thousands of educators and supporters from around the country.
Loyalty, kindness and friendship
You knew you had our family wrapped around your white paw and loved every minute of it. Your adventurous soul took you climbing over our yard fences and hauling ass down the sidewalk, us running behind trying to catch you. We saw you look back and laugh at us with your toothy grin and ears flopping in the wind.
Wisconsin teacher reports from STEM Institute
Wisconsin teacher Sarah Ludwig will post blogs during her time as one of 50 American educations - and one of two from the state - invited to participate in the Siemens STEM Institute this summer. In this first one, she introduces herself and the program.
SOS March update: Friday
Amy Mizialko dropped me a note today with an update on the SOS March in Washington, D.C. Here is what she had to say.
Teachers are us
I love kids and I love schools and I love the excitement of learning and sharing knowledge and I think teaching can be a rewarding - tough, but rewarding - job. I envy those that do it well. But, and I don't want this to come off the wrong way, I'm glad I'm not a teacher right now.
Teachers vote against concessions
In a letter sent to its membership and to the media today MTEA president Bob Peterson said that more than 52 percent of teachers voted against concessions and as a result the union will not re-open talks with Milwaukee Public Schools in an effort to trim layoffs.
Sending back from SOS
Yesterday, I connected with Amy Mizialko and Judy Gundry, two MPS veterans, who work as district mentors and are on their way to the SOS March in Washington, D.C., this week. Mizialko and Gundry will send back dispatches from the event, which I'll post here in my blog.
Educators march in D.C. this weekend
Updates about the SOS March and a related two-day educators' conference in Washington D.C., this weekend have been all over Twitter and Facebook for months now. The Save our Schools March & National Call to Action runs July 28-31 and centers on the march in Washington, that will attract everyone from actor Matt Damon to edu-pundits Diane Ravitch and Jonathan Kozol and many more.
Hamilton hosts Be the Change inaugural ceremony today
Milwaukee Ald. Ashanti Hamilton and MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton host today's culmination ceremony for the inaugural class of young men who participated in the Be the Change program.
It's summer, but there's still school news
Here are some tidbits to remind you that school is just around the corner. Remember, first day back is Thursday, Sept. 1.
Montessori High has had success
Yesterday, I was contacted by Josh Zimmers, who co-founded the Montessori High School, an IB World School, and by lead teacher Chip Johnston, who took me to task over my comment that the school has struggled, noting the school's many achievements. Here is what they had to say.
Two schools get a new charter tenant; not a new owner (yet)
MPS has leased Lloyd Street and 38th Street Schools to Milwaukee College Prep, a non-instrumentality charter, with an option to buy. Despite a recent report, the buildings have not been sold.