Educate All Students: Larry Miller's Blog

May 29, 2016

Business, Philanthropic and Education Leaders Praise MPS

Filed under: MPS — millerlf @ 12:19 pm
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Positive change is building throughout Milwaukee Public Schools – change that is not limited by the past, but inspired by a future in which MPS and community members join forces to collectively help Milwaukee’s children overcome obstacles and realize academic success.

As nonprofit organizations, private businesses and higher education institutions, we see an increasing and meaningful district-wide effort to engage and partner. We have responded enthusiastically with time and resources, largely because we see a change in direction that compels us to do so.  Milwaukee Succeeds, a community-wide collaborative impact initiative, continues to bring important stakeholders together to improve student outcomes. Other partnerships look like the Carver Elementary 5-in-1 Collaborative, the M3 Initiative’s comprehensive tech and trade education at Bradley Tech, and a new highly collaborative, city-wide Culinary Arts Program at four MPS high schools. For every one of these partnership-based ventures, there are many more.

Through our partnerships, strategic changes – inspired by students and proven by substantive research – are turning schools around, supporting instructional excellence and building student success.

For that, most credit goes to MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver and the team of administrators, teachers and support staff who are working in a smart and cohesive way to increase academic rigor and expectations for students, improve school climate and advance college and career readiness.

For evidence of these efforts, we point to a district-led push to rethink our high schools, record-setting scholarship totals among students and more students enrolling in college-level courses this year than in years past. It is no surprise to us that two MPS high schools have earned top ten spots on the 2016 U.S. News and World Report “Best High Schools” Wisconsin list and that The Washington Post ranked two MPS high schools as the #1 and #2 “Most Challenging High Schools” in the state of Wisconsin.

We are proud partners with MPS. We also applaud the many organizations working with MPS to improve educational outcomes. We strongly believe that placing our time and resources in the public education of Milwaukee’s children is an investment in the future of our city. While we recognize that there is much work to be done in our state’s largest and most diverse school district, collective impact is our cross-sector strategy for turning Milwaukee’s schools around. We are already witnessing results firsthand: systemic challenges tackled head on, innovative partnership endeavors launched and a common agenda established for positive change toward student academic achievement.

MPS has our support and our continued commitment to partner with the district, its schools and the children of Milwaukee. Please contact John Kordsmeier at jkordsmeier@wi.rr.com to learn more about these partnerships or building new partnerships with Milwaukee Public Schools. John, recently retired from Northwestern Mutual, is consulting with Milwaukee Public Schools on their community engagement and partnership efforts. We need your help. We are asking you to join this vital effort.

Dan Bader
President & CEO
Bader Philanthropies

Joe & Jennifer  Bartolotta
The Bartolotta Restaurants

Bill Berezowitz
Vice President & GM Imaging Subsystems
GE Healthcare

Garrett Bucks
Executive Director
Teach For America

Earl Buford
President & CEO
Employ Milwaukee

Danae Davis
Executive Director
Milwaukee Succeeds

Peter Feigin
President
Milwaukee Bucks

Ellen Gilligan
President
Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Jackie Herd-Barber
Co-Chair
Milwaukee Succeeds

Jason Holton
Executive Director & Vice President
City Year – Milwaukee

John Kersey
Executive Vice President
Zilber Ltd.

Susan Lloyd
Executive Director
Zilber Family Foundation

Vincent Lyles
President & CEO
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Vicki J. Martin
President
Milwaukee Area Technical College

Mark Mone
Chancellor
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Mark Sabljak
Publisher
Milwaukee Business Journal

Julia Taylor
President
Greater Milwaukee Committee

Peggy Troy
President & CEO
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

John Schlifske
Chairman & CEO
Northwestern Mutual

Nancy Sennett
Co-Chair
GMC Education Committee

Eileen Walter
Director, Global Community Relations and Contributions
Rockwell Automation

Mary Lou Young
President & CEO
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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