Education

  When you look around Milwaukee and see how the city's architecture has evolved over the last 20 years, pause for a moment to consider the fact many of the best building projects have, in some way, been touched by the Dean of UWM's School of Architecture and Urban Planning - Bob Greenstreet. On this episode of UWM Today, Bob Greenstreet talks about how he is being awarded the 2013 Topaz Medallion of Excellence in Architectural Education by the American Institute of Architects and the Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

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  Sara Krajewski is the director of Inova (Institute of Visual Art), the contemporary art gallery and research center of the Peck School of the Arts at UWM. On UWM Today, she discusses the prestigious Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts that she was awarded, her research in connection with the fellowship and how it may influence Inova’s future. Sara also covers current and upcoming exhibitions and how those exhibitions relate to UWM’s Year of the Arts.

Hayes Bilingual School in Milwaukee scores 62.2 on the state report card system. That means it’s just shy of meeting expectations. Most MPS schools fall at or below that level, but Hayes is different. Its growth score is 86 – well above the state average. The school’s dual-immersion approach seems to be generating improvements in both math and reading.

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell discusses the Governor's proposed budget and its impact on the University of Wisconsin System. Also, efforts to retain students who enroll at UWM and how the institution's graduation rate compares with peer Universities.

Some public school advocates are sounding alarms over several issues in Governor Walker's proposed biennial budget. They point to essentially unchanged state aid and a call for expanding the state's voucher program as new challenges to Wisconsin's public school systems. Some also say that the effort to reward higher-performing schools would come at the expensive of schools already facing a steep climb, in districts such as Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Some public school advocates are sounding alarms over several issues in Governor Walker's proposed biennial budget. They point to essentially unchanged state aid and a call for expanding the state's voucher program as new challenges to Wisconsin's public school systems. Some also say that the effort to reward higher-performing schools would come at the expensive of schools already facing a steep climb, in districts such as Milwaukee Public Schools.

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In the last several weeks, the news cycle has been filled with stories of young men - many African-American - signing letters of intent to play sports at various American colleges and universities.

A record number of veterans are heading back to school. One incentive has been the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It enhanced education benefits, starting in 2009. They now cover undergraduate tuition and provide veterans with a monthly living allowance and book stipend. To be eligible, a vet must have served on active duty after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and not exhausted prior GI benefits.

No matter what federal or state aid former soldiers have received however, WUWM’s Erin Toner learned that some have found the transition to school difficult and even costly. Local schools are intervening.

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About 30 million Americans have “below basic” prose literacy skills. That’s according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy from the National Center for Education Statistics. People in this category might struggle to read the Harry Potter series in English, let alone get advanced job training. Meanwhile, some Wisconsin employers say they can’t fill job openings because applicants lack the necessary abilities.

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On Monday, Gov. Walker released a proposed expansion of the Wisconsin Choice or voucher program, and his plan includes the creation of a school voucher program for students with special needs. A group called Stop Special Needs Vouchers Wisconsin announced Monday that it will to fight the proposal. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, there are strong opinions on both sides, just as there have been with the state’s flagship voucher or choice program.

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A new report says Milwaukee's taxpayer-funded voucher school students are similar in exam outcomes and demographic make-up compared with their public school counterparts.

The Milwaukee-based nonpartisan Public Policy Forum's data compares the state's districts with the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program as a whole.

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  On this edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak meets two UWM faculty members who are collaborating on a research project that combines neuroimaging and the Alexander technique, a system that dances have used for more than 100 years. Developed in the 1890s, the Alexander technique helps make people aware of energy-wasting physical efforts, even little motions. In theory, improved awareness can help people train their bodies to move more efficiently and effectively.

Technology, especially in the form of massive open online courses (MOOCS), is transforming higher education. Chancellor Michael Lovell explains how UW-Milwaukee is responding. Lovell also discusses stabilizing UWM's enrollment, the upcoming state budget and the future of athletics.

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The Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership for Professional Development (MCWPPD) in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare has embarked on a unique program that uses actors to help train child welfare social workers. Julie Brown, director of MCWPPD, talks about the Partnership and the program with In Tandem Theatre company.

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  Host Tom Luljak talks with engineering Assistant Professor Ilya Avdeev and UWM student Jesse Depinto about the Student Startup Challenge. This program offers financial support to student teams with great product ideas. The Challenge will allow some students to graduate from UWM with both a degree and their own business.

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