Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS

Across the U.S., school systems face many unique challenges. The Milwaukee Public Schools district is confronted with high drop-out rates, large achievement gaps between races and other serious issues. Of the 80,000 young people MPS educates each year, thousands of these students have learning or behavioral problems.

Many children lack a secure home environment and/or don't have role models who rank education as a priority. WUWM News examined reasons for poor performance within MPS and what is being done to improve students' chances for success. Lake Effect examined the crucial role teachers play in student performance and the unique challenges they face in MPS.

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Project Milwaukee
9:01 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Teacher Round-table

We conclude our Project Milwaukee series on MPS with an all-teacher show, including a round-table discussion with teachers from the Educators' Network for Social Justice.

Our MPS teacher round-table featured members of the Educators' Network for Social Justice, who talked about their experiences working in the district and the challenges they face.

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Project Milwaukee
8:58 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Teacher Mentor

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.

Project Milwaukee
8:56 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Special Ed Teacher

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.

Project Milwaukee
8:54 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Teacher/Blogger

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.

Project Milwaukee
8:52 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Don't Forget the Subs

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.

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