Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 4/20/2017 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation
Type: Action
Subject: 4. Report with Possible Action on GE Summary and Accomplishments of the GE Elementary Schools
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Policy: Admin Policy 7.01 - Teaching and Learning Goals
Attachments: GE Grant Foundation
File Attachment:
GE Grant Foundation.pdf
Background: In 2011, with support from GE Healthcare, the GE Foundation (GEF) awarded $20.4 million dollars to Milwaukee Public Schools. MPS partners included GE Healthcare, the GE Foundation, and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association.

The grant began as math professional development for teachers then transitioned to the support of a cohort of elementary schools focused on math and literacy improvement through the implementation of the Common Core Standards. As the focus of the grant has evolved, impacts can be seen in elementary and middle schools where students are engaged in STEM subjects during their literacy instruction, as just one example.

Accomplishments of the grant include:
• Significant improvement in the GEF Demonstration Schools vs. the District in the Above Average value-added category.

• Sustained best practices in all schools such as; teach and grade to standards, parent coordinators, culturally responsive teaching, telepresence expansion across campuses, instructional walks with feedback and support, expansion of Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) curriculum in grades kindergarten through second grade, School Quality Reviews, and use of Wisconsin Framework for Principal Leadership.

• Overall a total number of students impacted by the GEF grant has been approximately 8,550 students and total number of teachers impacted by the GEF grant approximately 900 educators.

Currently, the grant is transitioning to a college-and-career-readiness focus across the district. Knowing it takes more than competency to realize career and college ambitions, GE has also supported MPS in developing “employability skills” among students and establishing school-based College and Career Centers. The strong GE partnership has provided MPS students with a solid academic foundation and life skills necessary to succeed in both college and career, prepared for future success.
Fiscal Impact Statement: No fiscal impact.
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee reports having received the foregoing report from the Administration. Although this item has been noticed for possible action, no action is required.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Director