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MPS hosts listening sessions linked to strategies for improving student outcomes

Students, families, staff and community members invited to weigh in; each session is connected to one of the district's Strategic Objectives

By - Feb 20th, 2015 04:02 am
Photo courtesy of MPS.

Photo courtesy of MPS.

MILWAUKEE (February 20, 2015) – Milwaukee Public Schools is inviting interested students, families, staff and community members to attend one or more of a series of listening sessions tied to the eight Strategic Objectives the district is developing to improve student outcomes.
Those objectives – eight big ideas – are part of a process aligned to the district’s budget process along with operational and strategic planning. They are designed to be interlocking efforts that connect opportunities for students, families, and members of the community to create a robust educational experience for children in kindergarten through twelfth grade in MPS.

The objectives were developed to explore the broad range of opportunities and challenges the district faces and to develop concrete plans to improve student achievement. All eight strategic objectives are linked to one of the district’s key touchstones for teaching, learning and leading: Academic Achievement; Student Family and Community Engagement; and Effective and Efficient Operations. The objectives, listed under their corresponding touchstone, are:

Academic Achievement

  • Closing the Gap
  • Educating the Whole Child
  • Redefining the MPS Experience
  • Rethinking High Schools

Student, Family and Community Engagement

  • Re-envisioning Partnerships
  • Community Outreach/Communication

Effective and Efficient Operations

Photo courtesy of MPS.

Photo courtesy of MPS.

Teams of MPS staff and community partners are working to develop a series of White Papers in each of these areas. These White Papers will identify best practices and research in each of these areas. With community input and ideas, the White Papers will become a road map that guides the district towards developing and supporting programs that improve student outcomes.

“Improving student outcomes is critical work in which we are all invested,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. “We invite our students, families, staff and the community to learn about these Strategic Objectives and share their input on the big ideas.”

The listening sessions all take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dates and locations for each session are as follows:

  • Re-envisioning Partnerships: February 25 at Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education, 5075 N. Sherman Boulevard, Milwaukee 53209
  • Redefining the MPS Experience: March 2 at Riverside University High School, 1615 E. Locust Street, Milwaukee 53211
  • Rethinking High Schools: March 3 at Morse*Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented, 4141 N. 64th Street,  Milwaukee 53216
  • Workforce Development: March 4 at Harold S. Vincent High School, 7501 N. Granville Road, Milwaukee 53224
  • Closing the Gap: Mach 10 at Bay View High School, 2751 S. Lenox Street, Milwaukee 53207
  • Organizational Processes: March 11 at South Division High School, 1515 W. Lapham Boulevard, Milwaukee 53204
  • Community Outreach/Communication: March 16 at MacDowell Montessori School, 6415 W. Mount Vernon Avenue, Milwaukee 53213
  • Educating the Whole Child: March 19 at Elm Creative Arts School, 900 W. Walnut Street

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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