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Project Milwaukee
5:42 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Why the Achievement Gap for Students of Color?

UWM professors Festus Obiakor and René Antrop-González say that widespread institutional racism in MPS is holding students of color back. Festus Obiakor is a professor in the Department of Exceptional Education at UWM. He is a nationally and internationally known scholar and consultant. His research interests include at-risk learners, African American learners/urban learners, and behavior management. René Antrop-González is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He teaches bilingual education courses, and his research interests include studying minority high achievers and urban school reform. They spoke with Stephanie Lecci for our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Project Milwaukee
5:39 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Technology & Teaching

Marquette University's Heidi Schweizer explains why she believes technology and virtual learning can play a key role in the future of urban education.
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Professor Heidi Schweizer discusses whether technology can be the answer to the achievement gap. Schweizer is an associate professor of education at Marquette University and Director of the Center for Electronic Learning there. She spoke with Mitch Teich about how she believes technology and virtual learning can play a key role in the future of urban education. Their conversation is part of our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

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Project Milwaukee
5:36 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Where Principals Enter the Classroom

School administration can have a real effect on how successfully teachers do their jobs, according to Dr. Ellen Eckman. Eckman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership at Marquette University. Her research interests include the role of the principal, leadership in educational organizations, and women in the high school principalship. She spoke with Bonnie North as part of our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Project Milwaukee
5:34 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

The Challenges of Special Education

An area at Gaenslen School where special education teachers work with students.

Project Milwaukee is underway this week on WUWM. We’re examining the barriers that block some students in Milwaukee Public Schools from achieving at a higher level. Today, we report on the growing number of MPS children facing learning, behavioral and physical challenges. As Erin Toner reports, the district has been fighting a lawsuit that claims MPS has failed such students, while the district insists it is making progress.

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Project Milwaukee
5:31 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Changing Troublemakers' Behavior

This week on WUWM we're reporting on barriers to achievement in the Milwaukee Public Schools system. Thousands of students have been performing poorly on tests, and hundreds of teens drop out every year. As we’ve been highlighting in our series, children can have trouble learning for a number of reasons. One is that they may be surrounded by disruptive students. Troublemakers can cause distractions, at best. But in this installment of Project Milwaukee, Ann-Elise Henzl reports on one program helping restore order in classrooms.

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Project Milwaukee
5:28 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

English as a Barrier

We’ve presented several stories this morning as part of our Project Milwaukee series, about students in the Milwaukee Public Schools system who have difficulties in class. They can range from physical disabilities to behavioral problems. We were able to meet for a few minutes this week with the busy principal of South Division High School, to talk about students who are not proficient in English, at least not right away. Maurice Turner says as many as 45 percent of the students in his school are not primarily English speakers.

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Project Milwaukee
5:26 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

Teachers for a New Era

As we examine how teachers are taught, a program at UWM seeks to make becoming a teacher like becoming a doctor. Marleen Pugach is a Professor and Linda Post is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Milwaukee, and both are co-principal investigators for the Teachers for a New Era program, a grant funded by the Carnegie Corporation to improve the quality of teacher education. They spoke with Mitch Teich as part of our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Project Milwaukee
5:23 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

What Traditional Education Schools Can Learn from Alternative Certification

Bill Henk

The Dean of Marquette University's College of Education, Bill Henk, believes the traditional schools have something to learn from the alternative certification model. Henk is also a professor of literacy there. He spoke with Mitch Teich as part of our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Project Milwaukee
5:20 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

Is Teach For America Good for Urban Schools?

Milwaukee writer Barbara Miner questions whether Teach For America does more harm than good in urban schools. Miner is a freelance writer in Milwaukee. Her article, “Looking Past the Spin” on Teach for America, appears in the spring issue of the education journal Rethinking Schools. She spoke with Mitch Teich as part of our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

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.

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