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Friday, April 20, 2007

Milwaukee Public Schools: Working Together, Achieving More

by folkbum

You may not remember, but a few months back I asked for everyone's participation in a virtual town hall sort of meeting, laying out some of the reasons why developing a long-term strategic plan for the Milwaukee Public Schools is important and asking you all to participate in the web-based feedback process.

Well, the elves have finished their work and now the first draft version of the MPS strategic plan is done. You can download it as a .pdf from this page, in English or Spanish, as well as the complete and entire report of feedback from that earlier comment process.

I haven't read the document yet--I think it just became available yesterday--so I can't comment yet on what's in there. But there is, as could be expected, a formal feedback process in place for everyone who wants to learn about the draft plan and give some input about it.

The best way to provide that feedback is to attend one of several public listening sessions MPS has scheduled:
  • Monday, April 30, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Pulaski High School, 2500 W. Oklahoma Avenue
  • Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Burroughs Middle School, 6700 N. 80th Street
  • Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Riverside High School, 1615 E. Locust Street
  • Thursday, May 3, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street
I know I have a number of readers who are MPS employees; there is a separate session for MPS employees on Monday, April 23, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet St. In addition, MTEA members (teachers, aides, and the like) can attend one on Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the MTEA Building, 5130 W. Vliet St.

UPDATE: If you can't make it to a session, you can give feedback on-line here.

This is a pretty big deal, and I stressed last fall how important extensive participation in the process is; if you can at all attend one of these sessions or otherwise provide feedback on the draft plan, please, please do so.

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