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
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.

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