WASHINGTON – Today, on the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Democratic leadership is unveiling a resolution affirming Congress’s intent for the Trump administration to fully enforce federal civil rights law to advance equal opportunity in education. The original co-sponsors include Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), ranking member of the Committee on the Judiciary, as well as all Members of the Democratic Caucus leadership and Tri-Caucus leadership.
“Sixty-four years after the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, racial inequality in education remains commonplace. This resolution affirms our commitment to true educational equity and pushes back against the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on civil rights protections in education,” said Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Committee on Education and the Workforce. “It also calls on full enforcement of the Civil Rights Act, particularly Title VI, which prohibits both intentional discrimination as well as policies and practices that disparately impact students on the basis of race, color, or nationality. The Trump administration has used its short time in office to undermine civil rights enforcement, including through the halting of systematic review, and proposed cuts to the Office of Civil Rights.”
This resolution comes on the heels of a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found students of color suffer harsher discipline for lesser offenses than their white peers, as well as a 2016 GAO report that revealed schools are resegregating at alarming rates.
“On the 64th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education we are reminded of how much work needs to be done to address racial inequality in our education system and society at-large,” said Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) of the House Judiciary Committee. “In 2016, the GAO found that schools were resegregating at alarming rates and, just last month, the GAO found that students of color suffer harsher punishment in school than their peers. These issues are exacerbated by the mounting challenges faced by students of color as the Trump administration attempts to roll back critical civil rights protections. I joined Ranking Member Scott in cosponsoring this resolution to affirm our commitment to closing the gaps that persist in educational outcomes and ensuring equal access and opportunities for all students. Congress must work to address these problems and to check the Trump administration’s abuses. Our students deserve no less.”
In 2014, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice issued a School Discipline Guidance Package to remind schools of their legal obligations to administer school discipline without discriminating on the base of race, color, or national origin. If the administration follows through on its plan to rescind or amend the Obama-era discipline package and act to further undermine the use of disparate impact in protecting civil rights, it will bring civil rights enforcement to a screeching halt.
ORIGINAL COSPONSORS: Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05), Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (SC-06), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Cedric Richmond (LA-02), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), Congressman Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Colman (NJ-12), Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-07), Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ-03), and Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09).
ENDORSING ORGANIZATIONS: American Federation of Teachers, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the National Education Association.
On June 14th, the Green Schools Consortium of Milwaukee will host its third annual Green Schools Conference at Fernwood Montessori Elementary.This conference will feature a student-led tour of MPS’s best greenhouse and aquaponics systems, 30+ environmental exhibitors, and panel discussion with five authors and illustrators.
This Green Schools Conference will also explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in green infrastructure and how community members can support their local schools and neighborhoods to become healthier and greener.
● WHAT: The Green Schools Conference by the Green Schools Consortium of Milwaukee.
● WHEN: Thursday, June 14th – 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
● WHERE: Fernwood Montessori Elementary (3239 S. Pennsylvania Ave.,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207)
– Connecting Available Blue/Green Career Pathways
– Sustainability Themed Project Based Learning
– Including Sustainability in School Improvement Planning – Supporting School Green Teams
ABOUT THE GREEN SCHOOL CONSORTIUM:
The Green Schools Consortium of Milwaukee (GSCM) has been meeting since late 2014 and is the first of its kind Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin – Regional Network. The consortium is not a new organization, but is an amalgam of perspective groups with the intent to collaborate and continue to support green initiatives at schools in a meaningful and collaborative way. The nonprofit Reflo has been administering the GSCM through its Green Schools Program and typically holds open GSCM meetings every other month to discuss various initiatives and opportunities for schools. The mission is to promote green infrastructure projects in Milwaukee area schools that result in improved environmental outcomes and greater eco-literacy among students, families, educators, and community members.
Celebrating 20 years of activating public spaces to engage youth in meaningful visual arts experiences, and enhance human potential, today Artists Working in Education, Inc., announced LaShawndra Vernon as Executive Director.
Vernon has a wealth of non-profit executive leadership and fund development experience that she brings to her role. “In our 20th year, we’re filled with gratitude for what we’ve been able to accomplish and excited for what’s next,” said Adam Carr, board president. “As we prepare for our next 20, our board is thrilled to welcome LaShawndra as our Executive Director. Through her vision, leadership and talent, we know AWE will continue to grow and deepen our impact in neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee.”
Formerly LaShawndra was a program director and portfolio manager at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, her extensive background in health research and community engagement work focuses on improving the quality of life in communities, and building programs through an equity lens. Vernon is also the founding chair of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee. Recently, she served as a consultant for LISC Milwaukee, through her firm Absolute Pryme, a system design firm dedicated to advancing public interest and building collaborative communities.
“As a long time member of the creative community in Milwaukee, it is an honor and privilege to join AWE in enriching the quality of life for children and families. Our community is faced with so many challenges, but in the midst of our struggles, we will continue to cultivate and create joy. If we can feed the joy in neighborhoods we can accomplish anything,” LaShawndra Vernon.
LaShawndra earned a BS in Criminal Justice and Human Services from Springfield College and an MA in Public Service and Dispute Resolution from Marquette University.
Rufus King in the top ten high schools in the state
- Rufus King International High School: Ranked #9 in Wisconsin
- Milwaukee School of Languages: Ranked #15 in Wisconsin
- Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School: Ranked #23 in Wisconsin
- Hmong American Peace Academy K3-12 (HAPA): Ranked #107 in Wisconsin
- Advanced Placement: Thirteen MPS high schools now offer five or more Advanced Placement (AP) courses, with College Board’s AP Capstone Diploma expanded to five high schools.
- Bridging the Digital Divide: Increased Advanced Placement telepresence course enrollment from 30 students in 2015-16 to 175 in 2016-17 to over 400 in 2017-18.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are expanding to one additional high school in 2018 and three additional schools in 2019.
- Summer Academy: Increased our 2017 High School Summer Academy student participation by a massive 32.8 % adding 1,093 students.
- Workforce Development: In collaboration with community partners, expanded and formalized a culinary arts program at four MPS high schools, with over 300 students enrolled.
- Classroom Technology: Our high schools achieved a 1:1 ratio of Chromebooks-to-students this school year, with over 80,000 Chromebooks used by students at all grades in total.
- Early Start: This past school year marks the first year MPS has shifted the high school and middle school calendar to an early start and early end date, giving students more time to prepare for college-ready ACT and AP tests.
MPS middle school students are learning about the impact engineering has on daily life thanks to “Beyond STEM ,” a program organized by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Milwaukee Area Professionals Chapter, and MSOE’s collegiate chapter.
Students are participating in a series of programs featuring hands-on projects while learning about the joys, challenges and societal contributions that characterize four different engineering disciplines. They are gaining first-hand insight into what it takes to begin and sustain a thriving engineering career.
More than 30 middle school students from Golda Meir School, Metcalfe School and Fifty-Third Street School, along with practicing engineers and collegiate members of MSOE’s NSBE chapter.
Saturday, May 5
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Campus Center, Rooms CC-244 and CC-361
1025 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Students will be learning about mechanical engineering as they design and build catapults and windmills.
Students will be available for interviews, as will Tanzania Sewell. Sewell graduated from MPS and MSOE. She is currently a lead electrical engineer for GE Healthcare, an adjunct assistant professor at MSOE, and an active member and programs chair of the NSBE Milwaukee Area Professionals Chapter.
MILWAUKEE (May 1, 2018) – Mount Mary University is offering a Summer Leadership Academy June 19-21 for high school girls entering their junior and senior year this fall, to give them an immersive leadership and college-readiness experience.
The Academy prepares young women to succeed in college and beyond through career exploration and by promoting self-awareness and developing vital skills in leadership, ethics, confidence, communication and care for others.
There are 30 spots available for students. Applications will be accepted through May 18. To sign up visit
* Vocational Exploration
* Personality Assessments and Communication
* Importance of Sisterhood
* Financial Aid 101
* Choosing the Right College
* Career Exploration
* Networking with Young Professionals
The cost to attend is $100 and includes all meals, lodging, activities and program materials. Participants will also spend the nights in Mount Mary’s residence hall during the event.
The Summer Leadership Academy is sponsored by Johnson Controls and WaterStone Bank. For more information about the Summer Leadership Academy, visit https://mtmary.edu/business-co
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_Mount Mary University is an urban Catholic university committed to social justice and the development of the whole person. Founded in 1913 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, it is the first four-year, degree-granting Catholic institution for women in Wisconsin. Today it serves a minority-majority population and offer more than 30 undergraduate majors for women and nine graduate programs for women and men in four schools: Arts & Design, Humanities, Social Sciences & Education, Natural & Health Sciences and Business. Mount Mary creates bold women who transform the world. #HerestotheBold
MILWAUKEE – April 25, 2018 – The Milwaukee Teacher Education Center (MTEC) hosts its first Achieve the Dream fundraiser luncheon on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Iron Horse Hotel. MTEC supports teacher recruitment and retention. Achieve the Dream is an uplifting and inspiring event that will encourage attendees to believe, achieve and soar to reaching their dreams.
Former Green Bay Packer strong safety and inventor of the Lambeau Leap – Mr. LeRoy Butler – is the keynote speaker for the inaugural celebration luncheon. LeRoy will share his personal journey of achieving his dreams through his unique gifts and talents. Attendees will be inspired by LeRoy’s story from being wheelchair bond as a child to leaping into the stands with fans in Green Bay. The event includes a silent auction, lunch, and entertainment.
WHERE: The Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
WHEN: Friday, April 27
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
VIP Reception – 11:00 am
WHO: Educators, business professionals, non-profit leaders and media are invited to attend.
WHAT: The event will also support student achievement via academics and culture with ongoing new parent and student engagement programs.
About The Milwaukee Teacher Education Center
MTEC innovates learning for its youth and adult learners. MTEC is an expert in providing life-long learning opportunities to its students and adults. It creates a pipeline of skilled and highly engaged educators and a supportive environment to ensure longevity in the profession. For more than 20 years, through its rigorous programs, MTEC has provided more than 2,000, highly qualified teachers for Wisconsin schools. Through our charter school program, Milwaukee Environmental Science Academy (MESA), high expectations for students, staff and families result in increased student achievement.
Article courtesy of CBS – Tyler via “The Rundown”
Testing officially kicks off this week for students in third through eighth grade.
The test is important for everyone taking it, but especially for students in fifth and eighth grade.
For them, this test determines if they move on to the next grade or not.
For everyone else, it’s just one of the determining factors that goes into retention or promotion.
Christy Hanson with Tyler ISD said parents don’t need to worry about their kids success, because they’ve already done dry runs of the test, preparing for it all year long.
“The kids are ready, we know that they’re ready, they’ve worked all year, so we usually have very few kids, very few students who have to re-take,” Hanson said.
She said if students don’t do well on the test tomorrow, they may have an opportunity to re-test later in the school year.
As for getting kids ready, Hanson said the number one thing is battling test anxiety.
She said to keep kids calm by reminding them to take their time during the test and read each question carefully.
Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs is challenging recent Milwaukee high school graduates to dissect the concept of “freedom” for the 10th Annual Freedom Essay Scholarship Contest. The scholarship is open to current and recent high school graduates from Milwaukee who are college-bound.
The topic for the essay is “freedom,” and it provides graduates with an opportunity to parse out how they define the subject and what it means to them. They are encouraged to share their ideas to end prejudice, oppression, discrimination, sexism and violence, on a global scale. The suggested length of an applicant’s essay is 1,000 words.
Applications are being accepted now and must be postmarked by Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded and winning essays may be published, according to Alderwoman Coggs.
Alderwoman Coggs says one cannot talk about progress and change without talking about the new generation of inspiring young leaders.
“The scholarship contest provides young people an opportunity to reflect on the lessons of history and use those lessons to help shape their future, not only for themselves but also for their community, for Milwaukee and possibly beyond.” she said.
Paper applications will also be available at city libraries, many high schools and colleges, and the following are drop-off locations:
– WestCare Wisconsin, Inc. Harambee Community Center, 335 W. Wright St.
– Northcott Neighborhood House, 2460 N. 6th St.
– Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum, 2620 W. Center St.
– Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St.
The contest is open to students who reside in the City of Milwaukee and attended a public, private, parochial or home school, or who participated in a high school correspondence program in the city. Preference will be given to residents of the 6th Aldermanic District.
Entries can be submitted online or by a downloadable paper application, both found at milwaukee.gov/district6/FSEC. Additional contest rules, complete details and submission requirements are contained within the application. For more information, please contact Akuwa Dantzler at [email protected] or at (414) 286-2994.
By C. M. Rubin
“Our global society faces dangers of inequity inside and outside our schools. If we are to realize the peaceful and prosperous vision of the future we desire, a focus on equity through and within our educational systems must be one of our main driving forces.” — Michael Soskil
Welcome to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It’s a complex, volatile, ever-changing world where we have already witnessed fundamental shifts in the way we live. Given this extraordinary period of societal change, what will this mean for teaching? How should teachers equip learners with the competencies and mindset to approach learning as being life-long? How can education equip learners with agency to shape their own lives and contribute to the lives of their communities?
Six internationally recognized Global Teacher Prize finalists have authored a new book (Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice; Routledge, March 2018) in which they share their vision and strategies for an education system that matches the needs of the future.
The Global Search for Education is pleased to welcome co-authors Armand Doucet, Jelmer Evers, Koen Timmers, Michael Soskil, Elisa Guerra Cruz and Nadia Lopez.
“We need to embrace a new paradigm: the networked teacher. We need to build our classrooms, schools and educational systems based on the principles of collaboration and trust.” — Jelmer Evers
How can education lead us through an unknown future to a place of peace and prosperity?
Michael Soskil: Only by keeping education rooted in human relationships and empathy can we meet the great challenges on the horizon. Our students are craving the opportunity to make a difference and shape the planet they will inherit from us. Our global society faces dangers of inequity inside and outside our schools. If we are to realize the peaceful and prosperous vision of the future we desire, a focus on equity through and within our educational systems must be one of our main driving forces. Ever widening inequity will be one of the gravest threats to the health of our future society.
How does a good teacher prepare her students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
Nadia Lopez: Teachers must be life-long learners. Teaching is not just about preparing students for a particular workforce, but to also become agents of change that have a positive influence within humanity. When we teach girls that they can be entrepreneurs, architects, computer scientists, and engineers, then we begin to dismantle the stereotypes that limit them from pursuing any and every career. Education can build bridges across the globe and we can learn from one another.
What are some of the key take-aways from your research in Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution with other teachers?
Elisa Guerra Cruz: Children need the artistic touch of human connection to reach their unique potential. Even in environments devoid of technology, excellent pedagogy is still leading to astonishing student learning outcomes. True educational success lies in a system that meets the needs of the individual, with or without the use of technology.
“Passion is what engages and empowers students. Schools have timetables; learning does not.”
— Armand Doucet
You write about the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution requiring a shift to holistic education. What are the steps we must take to accomplish that?
Michael Soskil: We need a shift in focus from accountability measures based on standardized test scores toward metrics that take into account universal access to quality teachers and learning environments, robust curricula that include the arts, as well as student engagement and well-being. Passionate teachers having professional discussions about what is best for kids leads to a better education system. Each individual student is a new independent and constantly changing variable in an ever-changing context.
You talk about “flipping the system” that is changing education from the ground up. How do we do it?
Jelmer Evers: It will take professionalism and also activism by teachers to help build those new systems. We need to embrace a new paradigm: the networked teacher. We need to build our classrooms, schools and educational systems based on the principles of collaboration and trust. We need to be aware as teachers how global forces influence our classrooms. Students need to be invested in what they learn.
You talk about the learner profile (Teach ME) as a practical guide to allow teachers to introduce a holistic approach to learning. What are some of the key drivers?
Armand Doucet: Teachers need to evolve from simply delivering traditional knowledge towards designing lessons that develop literacies, competencies and character. Society needs to be as concerned with the education of our teachers as we are with the education of our students. As educators, our responsibility is not solely to create the next workforce; it is to help raise the next generation of citizens.
“As the world continues to become more globalized and interconnected, the ability to understand diverse perspectives and work with those that have divergent worldviews will become increasingly important.” — Koen Timmers
True personalization involves more than content being chosen for students by algorithms. A few thoughts on how tech and traditional learning will co-exist?
Armand Doucet: Without great pedagogy, technology integration is worthless. Passion is what engages and empowers students. Schools have timetables; learning does not.
Koen Timmers: Technology is a pedagogical catalyst. It can make good classroom practices great, and it can make bad classroom practices even worse.
What’s the key take away you want other teachers to have from your book?
Koen Timmers: Education is a human right. Everyone, everywhere has a need and the right to quality Education. As the world continues to become more globalized and interconnected, the ability to understand diverse perspectives and work with those that have divergent worldviews will become increasingly important.
Armand Doucet Jelmer Evers: Education should be at the core of any proposed solutions, and teachers must play an integral part in shaping them. Teaching is not an exact science, because, quite simply, humans are involved. Rather than passively wait for history to take its course, or to succumb before the inevitable shifts that come ahead, we want to inspire educators and the society in full to make active decisions and take whatever roads we need so as to guarantee that every child in the world has the opportunity to thrive. As we enter a new age of Renaissance in education, it is key that in each educational jurisdiction, we align our vision to what is truly happening in the classroom.
Top Row L to R: Elisa Guerra Cruz, Armand Doucet, Michael Soskil, Koen Timmers
Bottom Row L to R: Jelmer Evers, Nadia Lopez, C.M. Rubin
Join me and globally renowned thought leaders including Sir Michael Barber (UK), Dr. Michael Block (U.S.), Dr. Leon Botstein (U.S.), Professor Clay Christensen (U.S.), Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond (U.S.), Dr. MadhavChavan (India), Charles Fadel (U.S.), Professor Michael Fullan (Canada), Professor Howard Gardner (U.S.), Professor Andy Hargreaves (U.S.), Professor Yvonne Hellman (The Netherlands), Professor Kristin Helstad (Norway), Jean Hendrickson (U.S.), Professor Rose Hipkins (New Zealand), Professor Cornelia Hoogland (Canada), Honourable Jeff Johnson (Canada), Mme. Chantal Kaufmann (Belgium), Dr. EijaKauppinen (Finland), State Secretary TapioKosunen (Finland), Professor Dominique Lafontaine (Belgium), Professor Hugh Lauder (UK), Lord Ken Macdonald (UK), Professor Geoff Masters (Australia), Professor Barry McGaw (Australia), Shiv Nadar (India), Professor R. Natarajan (India), Dr. Pak Tee Ng (Singapore), Dr. Denise Pope (US), Sridhar Rajagopalan (India), Dr. Diane Ravitch (U.S.), Richard Wilson Riley (U.S.), Sir Ken Robinson (UK), Professor Pasi Sahlberg (Finland), Professor Manabu Sato (Japan), Andreas Schleicher (PISA, OECD), Dr. Anthony Seldon (UK), Dr. David Shaffer (U.S.), Dr. Kirsten Sivesind (Norway), Chancellor Stephen Spahn (U.S.), Yves Theze (LyceeFrancais U.S.), Professor Charles Ungerleider (Canada), Professor Tony Wagner (U.S.), Sir David Watson (UK), Professor Dylan Wiliam (UK), Dr. Mark Wormald (UK), Professor Theo Wubbels (The Netherlands), Professor Michael Young (UK), and Professor Minxuan Zhang (China) as they explore the big picture education questions that all nations face today.
C. M. Rubin is the author of two widely read online series for which she received a 2011 Upton Sinclair award, “The Global Search for Education” and “How Will We Read?” She is also the author of three bestselling books, including The Real Alice in Wonderland, is the publisher of CMRubinWorldand is a Disruptor Foundation Fellow.
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