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Project Milwaukee
5:17 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

Founder Wendy Kopp Defends Teach For America

Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp argues the program takes bright college grads and puts them in classrooms where teachers are needed the most. Kopp is the CEO of Teach For America, which she first proposed as part of her undergraduate senior thesis at Princeton University in 1989. She is also the chief executive of Teach For All, which develops programs similar to TFA in other countries. She is the author of One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way. She spoke with Stephanie Lecci as part of our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Project Milwaukee
5:14 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

How Parents Figure into the MPS Equation

Ta-tanisha Powells & her daughter Nevaeh

WUWM now continues its Project Milwaukee series, exploring the barriers that hold back some Milwaukee Public School students from achieving at a higher level.

Today we look at the role parents play in their children’s success.

WUWM’s Susan Bence met people who care passionately and have strong opinions about the importance of family in a child’s life.

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Project Milwaukee
5:10 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

Poverty and Violence Impact MPS Students

Kids play outside of Running Rebels community center.

There’s been no shortage of stories about dismal test scores in the Milwaukee Public Schools system. We’ve heard less about how it performs in helping students and families address personal and social problems. No other district in the state uses as many resources as MPS to address the non-academic needs of its students. Those needs are the subject of today’s installment of our series, Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS.

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Project Milwaukee
5:06 pm
Mon May 31, 2010

Ravitch Changes Her Mind on School Choice

Educational historian Diane Ravitch does a 180 on her attitude towards the promise of school choice and vouchers. Ravitch is a professor of education at New York University – her new book is called The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education. She spoke with WUWM’s Marge Pitrof as part of our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Project Milwaukee
5:03 pm
Mon May 31, 2010

Monitoring Milwaukee's Parental Choice Program

John Witte

Researcher John Witte says the evidence of success or failure is more nuanced that Ravitch would lead you to believe. Witte is a professor of public affairs and political science at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

He currently is studying the long-term effects of the Milwaukee school voucher program with the School Choice Demonstration Project, housed at the University of Arkansas' Department of Education Reform. He is the author of several books, including his most recent, The Market Approach to Education on educational vouchers. He also led the US Department of Education-funded Wisconsin Charter Schools Study. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci for our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Project Milwaukee
5:00 pm
Mon May 31, 2010

Saving Students from a Shattered System

Former MPS teacher Eldon “Cap” Lee says the key to education reform lies in rethinking the purpose of education. Lee is the co-author of Saving Students from a Shattered System: Igniting the Passion for Learning, with Mary Gale Budzisz, published by Rowman and Littlefield Education. He is also a former MPS teacher and later an administrator. He helped start the Milwaukee Village School, which closed in October 2005. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci as part of our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Project Milwaukee
4:57 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

Project Milwaukee Begins, Looks at Challenges in MPS

We begin our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series with a brief look at the state of our schools. Ann-Elise Henzl is the executive producer of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series and a reporter for the WUWM new room. Stephanie Lecci is Lake Effect’s coordinating producer.

Project Milwaukee
4:55 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

Education Policy vs. Education Practice

Education policy analyst Barbara Bales gives us an overview of where educational policy intersects with classroom practice. Bales is an assistant professor at the UWM School of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is also a former middle-level teacher. Her research focuses on teacher education, teacher preparation, and the tug-of-war between local, state and national education policy. She spoke with Stephanie Lecci for our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Project Milwaukee
4:52 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

The Impact of Teacher Turnover

Rethinking Schools’ Bob Peterson explains how high teacher turnover in MPS affects students. Peterson teaches 5th grade at La Escuela Fratney – or Fratney School - a Milwaukee Public School. He is a founding editor of the quarterly journal Rethinking Schools, which has compiled a special online collection of 17 articles focused on teacher turnover and retention in schools. Peterson first spoke with Stephanie Lecci in February . Bob Peterson will be a guest on our live Lake Effect panel on June 3rd as part of our Project Milwaukee series on MPS.

Project Milwaukee
4:46 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

How MPS Compares with Peers

Sr. Read says MPS, Milwaukee must be persistent in making sure students achieve.

According to a Milwaukee Public Schools summary, the district's students in all grades, collectively, are performing below state standards in reading and math.

In this installment of Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Success in MPS, WUWM’s Marge Pitrof explores where the city stands among its contemporaries.

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