When you think of urban birds, images of sparrows or seagulls might come to mind. But there are 30 pairs of nesting peregrine falcons in Wisconsin, many right in the city. At one point the sleek birds of prey were wiped out, probably because of the pesticide DDT. Peregrines are still endangered. But they're doing pretty well these days, according to researchers who monitor them. Ann-Elise Henzl tagged along as a falcon expert checked on chicks born just a few weeks ago.
We learn about a program within MPS to mentor teachers during the earliest and often most challenging years of their career. Amy Mizialko is a district mentor with Milwaukee Public Schools. She’s also a former teacher – she’s been with MPS for 18 years. Mitch Teich spoke with her for our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series.
We hear the perspective of one woman who is fairly new to teaching, but not to the education world. Nancy Wisniewski is a special education resource teacher at Milwaukee German Immersion and Milwaukee French Immersion schools. She was interviewed in the basement of her house, by her daughter, our intern, Kirsten Wisniewski. Their conversation is part of our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series.
MPS teacher and blogger Jay Bullock believes it's important for teachers to speak up in the broader conversation about education reform. Bullock is an English teacher at Bay View High School. He has been blogging at "folkbum's rambles and rants" on politics, music and education for seven years. Bullock is also the education columnist for the Bay View Compass. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci as part of our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series.