Milwaukee Public Schools
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MPS hosting nearly 1,000 leaders from nation’s urban school districts

Challenges, best practices and reforms are the focuses of discussion at the Council of the Great City Schools annual conference

By - Oct 20th, 2014 09:43 am

MILWAUKEE (October 20, 2014) – Milwaukee Public Schools will host nearly 1,000 big-city school superintendents and other leaders from the nation’s urban school districts this week as the Council of the Great City Schools’ 58th Annual Fall Conference comes to the city.

CGCS Conference.

CGCS Conference.

More than 75 discussion sessions will focus on challenges, best practices and reforms, including district and school-level implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the school-principal pipeline, teacher effectiveness and evaluation and deferred school-building maintenance.

The conference, dubbed “Fresh Water, Fresh Thinking in Urban Education,” is being hosted at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center from Oct. 22-26.

“This conference is an opportunity for urban school leaders from around the country to see some of our success stories and it’s one way for us to see what’s working in other communities,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. “Exchanging best practices is a great way to drive innovation in education.”

Among those addressing conference attendees are College Board President David Coleman (Oct. 23), Girl Scouts of America CEO Anna Maria Chavez (Oct. 24) and famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (Oct. 24).

On Oct. 23, the conference will name its “Urban Educator of the Year.”

And on Oct. 24, the conference will host a national town hall meeting on school testing, moderated by National Public Radio education correspondent Claudio Sanchez. The meeting is set for 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Local media interested in any conference events must contact Tony Tagliavia, MPS media manager, by phone or email.

About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • More MPS students are meeting reading standards
  • The MPS Class of 2014 earned $31 million in scholarships, up $7 million; and
  • MPS is home to 4 of the state’s top 15 high schools according to U.S. News and World Report

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