UW-Milwaukee Office of Charter Schools

UW-Milwaukee Office of Charter Schools The mission of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Office of Charter Schools, in partnership with the greater community, is to provide exceptional educational options for urban families by authorizing high performing public charter schools.

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This article has some great insights and thoughts about the term "Achievement Gap". Interestingly, DPI is currently maki...
08/20/2020
The Achievement Gap Has Driven Education Reform for Decades. Now Some Are Calling It a Racist Idea

This article has some great insights and thoughts about the term "Achievement Gap". Interestingly, DPI is currently making some big changes to it's "Closing Gaps" measure on the School Report Cards too.

https://www.the74million.org/article/the-achievement-gap-has-driven-education-reform-for-decades-now-some-are-calling-it-a-racist-idea/

Correction appended For decades, a coalition of educators, politicians and activists have fixed one goal above all others in their mission to promote equity in education: closing the racial achievement gap. Its very existence — the stubborn divergence in standardized test scores between white stud...

Some interesting research like this is starting to come out from the past few months of virtual learning in schools.http...
06/22/2020
Who’s Learning Under Quarantine, Who’s Not | FutureEd

Some interesting research like this is starting to come out from the past few months of virtual learning in schools.

https://www.future-ed.org/whos-learning-under-quarantine-whos-not/

Much has been written about how the academic and social disruption from the coronavirus outbreak is all but certain to disproportionately affect students from disadvantaged groups. But another important distinction that has received little attention is the impact on students at different ages. A loo...

Challenging times for schools and the world, but here is an article about how a teacher at one of the two Rocketship sch...
05/20/2020
Borsuk: Distance learning poses particular problems with young children. Here's a teacher working to overcome that.

Challenging times for schools and the world, but here is an article about how a teacher at one of the two Rocketship schools that are authorized by UWM is giving her students a high quality education, even if it is remotely. Keep up the great work!

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/education/2020/05/15/borsuk-teacher-working-hard-make-distance-learning-work-kids/5201940002/

Emily Suarez Del Real is convinced kids can make progress in education in this time of distance learning, even young kids.

10/21/2019
UWM Charter Schools Office Celebrates 20th Anniversary | School of Education | UW-Milwaukee

We had a great time celebrating our 20th anniversary and kicking off our 2019-20 Professional Development Series (sign up here: https://uwm.edu/education/charter-schools/power-of-connection-professional-development-series/) last week! Read all about it here:

https://uwm.edu/education/uwm-charter-schools-office-celebrates-20th-anniversary/

The Office of Charter Schools in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Education is celebrating its 20th anniversary during October. An Oct. 17 dinner and program on the “Power of Connection” at the Italian Community Center marked the anniversary. UWM’s... Read More

29 seniors from Veritas High School have already been accepted at UWM for next year!
10/02/2019

29 seniors from Veritas High School have already been accepted at UWM for next year!

Seniors participated in the UW-Milwaukee onsite admissions event last week. We have 29 students who have already been accepted into UWM. Congrats to everyone who participated in this great event!

More great findings about Early College High Schools, like Tenor High School, which is authorized by UWM!https://www.air...
09/24/2019
Early College High Schools Have a Positive Impact on Postsecondary Enrollment and Success

More great findings about Early College High Schools, like Tenor High School, which is authorized by UWM!

https://www.air.org/news/press-release/early-college-high-schools-have-positive-impact-postsecondary-enrollment-and

Early College High Schools enable students to earn their high school diploma and up to two years of college credits simultaneously, and research has shown that these programs have positive impacts on graduation rates as well as postsecondary enrollment and success. A new, follow-up study by AIR find...

This makes sense intuitively and seems relatively easy for families and schools to implement too!https://phys.org/news/2...
07/31/2019
Students with a greater sense of school belonging are less likely to become bullies

This makes sense intuitively and seems relatively easy for families and schools to implement too!
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-students-greater-school-bullies.html

Research has shown that, despite great efforts, one in three children continue to experience bullying in school. However, research also has indicated that environmental and psychological factors might play an important role in minimizing bullying behaviors.

Another relevant article today - Tenor High School, one of the schools in our portfolio, gives students the opportunity ...
07/08/2019
Your Burning Questions about Dual Enrollment, Answered. - ED.gov Blog

Another relevant article today - Tenor High School, one of the schools in our portfolio, gives students the opportunity for dual completion of a high school diploma and a Milwaukee Area Technical College program certificate or technical diploma, and/or credits in a post-secondary degree program.

https://blog.ed.gov/2019/07/burning-questions-dual-enrollment-answered/

Imagine graduating from high school with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. You may think it sounds too good to be true, but dual enrollment programs can make this a reality for many high school students.

Here's another innovative idea for a charter school!https://www.the74million.org/article/creating-the-next-generation-of...
02/21/2019
Creating the Next Generation of Digital Innovators at Washington, D.C.’s First Computer Science-Focused Middle School

Here's another innovative idea for a charter school!

https://www.the74million.org/article/creating-the-next-generation-of-digital-innovators-at-washington-d-c-s-first-computer-science-focused-middle-school/

Washington, D.C. “When I finish writing the statement, that cat will move,” promises Deshaunte’ Goldsmith, a sixth-grader at Digital Pioneers Academy Public Charter School. She presses enter on the keyboard and, sure enough, the animated cat on her screen begins to pace back and forth. Goldsmi...

This article hits on so many of the things the school is doing to make it successful - coaching, personalized learning, ...
02/19/2019
At D.C.’s Ingenuity Prep, Personalized Learning Hasn’t Replaced Teacher Time; It’s Put the Focus Back on Small Groups

This article hits on so many of the things the school is doing to make it successful - coaching, personalized learning, small group instruction, trauma informed care, etc etc. There are so many things to consider in running a high-quality, high-performing charter school!

https://www.the74million.org/article/at-d-c-s-ingenuity-prep-personalized-learning-hasnt-replaced-teacher-time-its-put-the-focus-back-on-small-groups/

How one school is using co-teaching and computer-based learning to maximize the amount of individual attention each student receives Updated, Feb. 7 Washington, D.C. When Aaron Cuny and Will Stoetzer were thinking about how they wanted to structure their own D.C. charter school back in 2012, they ke...

I know applying to high schools in Milwaukee can be quite a complex process too - this seems like a great idea!https://w...
01/30/2019
How One Chicago Authorizer Created Common Ground

I know applying to high schools in Milwaukee can be quite a complex process too - this seems like a great idea!

https://www.qualitycharters.org/2018/11/chicago-authorizer-created-common-ground/?utm_source=NACSA%27s+Master+List&utm_campaign=273abbd8c5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_17_12_58_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9db2bde88f-273abbd8c5-102594481

This piece is part of our interactive, Authorizer Showcases, which highlight how authorizers around the country are tackling obstacles related to access and accountability. Good authorizers find solutions to barriers that prevent children from …

Look at all those smiling and concentrating faces!
01/17/2019

Look at all those smiling and concentrating faces!

Fun and learning at Penfield Montessori!

11/13/2018
Why Authorizing Matters for Quality

This short video does a great job explaining the work of Charter School authorizers!

Ever wonder why charter schools are knocking it out of the park in some places, but not in others? The answer is authorizing, which can catalyze great charte...

Way to go, Kaity Moquet, Lead Student Support teacher at Stellar Collegiate!
10/16/2018

Way to go, Kaity Moquet, Lead Student Support teacher at Stellar Collegiate!

Stellar Collegiate congratulates Kaity Moquet, our Lead Student Support teacher, on receiving the Early Career Teaching Award presented by the Education Deans of Milwaukee. Stellar Collegiate is fortunate to have your “relentlessly positive, persistent and creative” energy supporting our Bright Stars everyday!

I love seeing how UWM Charter Schools like Seeds of Health Elementary (Windlake Elementary and Windlake Academy) engage ...
09/18/2018

I love seeing how UWM Charter Schools like Seeds of Health Elementary (Windlake Elementary and Windlake Academy) engage with the community like this! Way to go, Seeds of Health Elementary!

A huge thank you to FJA Christiansen Roofing for sponsoring our float in the 2018 Mexican Independence Day Parade! It was a great experience for all of our families and teachers.
We are incredibly grateful :)
¡Muchas gracias a FJA Christiansen Roofing por patrocinar nuestra carroza en el Desfile del Día de la Independencia de México 2018! Fue una gran experiencia para todas nuestras familias y maestras.
Estamos increíblemente agradecidos :)

More adorable first day of school pictures - this time from Penfield Montessori. Welcome back kiddos!
09/05/2018

More adorable first day of school pictures - this time from Penfield Montessori. Welcome back kiddos!

What a great start to the school year! Parents: if you have 1st day of school pictures, feel free to tag Penfield Montessori. We're excited for this year's adventures ahead!

First day of school pictures are the best! Welcome back, Bruce Guadalupe Community School students!
08/28/2018

First day of school pictures are the best! Welcome back, Bruce Guadalupe Community School students!

We are so excited for the first day of school for Bruce-Guadalupe Community School students. Welcome back it is going to be a great year!

Join Tracey Knight at her celebration of educators this afternoon! For more information and to RSVP, check out this link...
07/10/2018
The After School Affect

Join Tracey Knight at her celebration of educators this afternoon! For more information and to RSVP, check out this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-after-school-affect-tickets-47828934631

I AM Tracey Knight is celebrating Educators! If you are a Teacher, Principal, School Staff or you just believe they are valuable IT'S HIGH TIME WE SAID THANK YOU! Join Us for “THE AFTER-SCHOOL AFFECT” Social Gathering on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at ABV Social 11200 West Bu...

06/27/2018
Medical College of Wisconsin

This is a great story about an amazing partnership between Bruce Guadalupe and the Medical College of Wisconsin!

Meet Eva and Trent, two medical students with an eye on bridging disparities in medicine.

Here's a story about the fun and learning happening this summer at Woodlands!
06/27/2018
Woodlands School, Inc.

Here's a story about the fun and learning happening this summer at Woodlands!

Last week we wrapped up Camp Invention and had a visit from WISN 12 NEWS! Check it out!

Exciting news about charter schools this month!http://www.progressivepolicy.org/blog/why-it-matters-that-public-charters...
05/25/2018
Why it Matters That Public Charters Dominated the 2018 US News Best High School Rankings - Progressive Policy Institute

Exciting news about charter schools this month!

http://www.progressivepolicy.org/blog/why-it-matters-that-public-charters-dominate-the-2018-us-news-best-high-school-rankings/

This morning, U.S. News and World Report released its 2018 list of the nation’s best high schools. For the past few years, public charters have been slowly taking over the top 10 spots on the list; this year, they dominated them. For those of us who believe in the power of public school choice to ...

05/24/2018
Walking the Talk: Character Education Schools Promising Practice Award Winners Announced - School of Education

Way to go Capitol West Academy for being recognized for your Promising Practices in Character Education!

http://uwm.edu/education/walking-the-talk-character-education-schools-promising-practice-award-winners-announced/

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Education, in partnership with the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership (WCEP), is pleased to announce the Wisconsin schools recognized in 2018 for their innovative, successful initiatives integrating character education into the curriculum. S...

Way to go Veritas! I know I posted a call for volunteers for this program last year - glad to hear it's going well!
05/11/2018
Veritas High School

Way to go Veritas! I know I posted a call for volunteers for this program last year - glad to hear it's going well!

Veritas has been highlighted in a BizTimes article regarding our partnership with the TEALS program, which helps introduce Computer Science to the classroom. Special thanks to the volunteers who help make this possible, as well as math teacher Carly Anderson who was open to making this work for our students.

https://www.biztimes.com/2018/magazines/innovate-wisconsin/preparing-wisconsins-future-computer-science-professionals/

I love seeing the community partnerships our schools have developed!
05/03/2018

I love seeing the community partnerships our schools have developed!

Today, more than 100 Kohl's facility managers met at Penfield Montessori to donate their time and talents to renovate the school. Projects included painting, light installation, repairing walls, constructing storage shelving, creating a breastfeeding room for staff and families, and restoring the school’s entrance on Cherry Street.

In addition, Kohl’s Wild Theater, a partnership between Kohl’s Cares and the Milwaukee County Zoo, performed for our students and taught about animals and conservation.

Kohl's, we cannot thank you enough! You truly transformed our school.

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