Tony Tagliavia, Milwaukee Public Schools
MILWAUKEE (July 1, 2014) – Milwaukee Public Schools Acting Superintendent Darienne Driver will visit three of the district’s strong summer programs on Wednesday, her second day leading the 160-school district.
The school visits will come one day after Dr. Driver was officially sworn in by the Milwaukee City Clerk (photos, video: http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/dept/superintendent/2014/07/photos-video-dr-darienne-driver-sworn-in-as-mps-acting-superintendent/).
“Our victory lies within each classroom and the magic of teaching and learning that happens within this space is our core business,” Dr. Driver said.
Dr. Driver, who recently completed her doctorate degree from the Urban Superintendents Program at Harvard University, was previously MPS’ Chief Innovation Officer, overseeing the district’s charter schools, research efforts and its work to develop innovative models to transform schools.
Scheduled school visits include:
– Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning, a K-12 school immediately west of downtown in the Avenues West neighborhood, to visit students taking part in the 8th Grade Promotional Program, which focuses on strengthening the academic skills of current 8th grade students transitioning to high school, and Be the Change, which is aimed at instilling academic and leadership skills among young men entering or continuing high school.
– Greenfield Bilingual School, a K-8 school in the Burnham Park neighborhood on the city’s south side, to visit students at one of MPS’ largest monolingual and bilingual Summer Academy sites. MPS Summer Academy curriculum is tied to rigorous college- and career-ready standards and gives students a preview of the standards they are expected to master in the coming grade to stay on track for success.
– Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts, a K-8 school in the Bay View neighborhood on the southeast side, to visit students in MPS Summer Academy as well as those involved in Milwaukee Recreation summer camp programs. This is Parkside’s first summer hosting Summer Academy programming.
Media are invited to attend the Greenfield Bilingual School visit at 9:30 a.m. at the school, 1711 S. 35th Street, Milwaukee 53215. Dr. Driver will have a brief media availability near the end of her visit to the school, but her schedule will not permit full interviews.
About Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin’s largest school district, is expanding college and career readiness efforts and continuing to implement innovative reforms that give every student the opportunity to succeed. MPS’ high-quality school options for 3-year-olds to high school seniors feature school climates in which positive behavior is reinforced; certified, highly-trained teachers; 21st-century learning technology for students; and curriculum aligned to the rigorous Common Core State Standards, which set a clear, high bar for the topics students must master at each grade level. MPS’ Class of 2013 earned $24 million in scholarships and the district is home to some of the state’s best high schools according to the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. More MPS news is available at http://mpsmke.com/news.