Contributor Amy Kiley takes a look at the three-month Ravinia concert series… held an hour south of Milwaukee, in Highland Park, Illinois. Kiley is a freelance journalist and musician who lives in the Chicago suburbs.
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.
Carolyn Bucior says substitute teachers are often a forgotten part of the education equation. Bucior is a freelance writer in Milwaukee. She’s currently working on a memoir about substitute teaching. You also can read her essay on the subject that ran in the New York Times in January and listen to all of our Project Milwaukee interviews and WUWM feature stories from the past week.
We wrap up our live Project Milwaukee show with a reality check from Alan Borsuk. Borsuk is a senior fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University's Law School. Borsuk writes for the Law School faculty blog and magazine, as well as the Web site and other publications. He spent ten out of his 37 years at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covering education and writes a Sunday column.
Anneliese Dickman kicks off our live Project Milwaukee show with a discussion on whether changing MPS' governance structure could help achievement rates. Dickman is the Research Director for the nonpartisan Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum. She has examined school choice, early childhood education, and public school districts in southeastern Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee School Board meets tonight to take action on the proposed $1.3 billion MPS budget - that includes nearly 700 job cuts. We talk with Peter Blewett, the vice president of the Milwaukee School Board and director of District 6. He is the former president of the school board. He currently is a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Department of English, and is a published poet. He lives in Sherman Park. He spoke with us for our live Lake Effect broadcast for "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS."
The education journal Rethinking Schools recently published an editorial defending public school teachers. We talk with Bob Peterson about why teachers aren't to blame for the district's problems, for our Project Milwaukee series on MPS. 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, and is a frequent writer and speaker. He co-edited Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years and Transforming Teacher Unions: Fighting for Better Schools and Social Justice.