Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 3/14/2019 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 3. Action on a Request to Adopt the MPS Montessori Strategic Plan
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 2.12 - Advisory Committees: Administration-originated
Attachments: Montessori Resolution, Strategic Plan, and Presentation
File Attachment:
Resolution 1819R-004 Miller and Harris - Montessori Programming.pdf
Montessori Strategic Plan.pdf
MPS MSP presentation.pdf
Background: At its meeting on September 27, 2018, the Board adopted Resolution 1819R-004, which called for the development of a district-established MPS Montessori Strategic Plan Advisory Committee to begin work on the MPS Montessori Strategic Plan (MPSMSP). The MPSMSP was to include long- and short-term planning. In February 2019, an informational report and draft plan was shared with the Board.

Through the continued collaborative effort of parents, principals, teachers, central staff, Board members, and community members, a final draft of a strategic plan has been created. It offers a strategy to protect, to enhance, and to expand Montessori education within Milwaukee Public Schools.

The Montessori Strategic Plan's timeline is organized with activities which are prioritized in years one, three, and five. The recommendations in the plan could be implemented by 2024. They include the following: adoption of Montessori Essential Elements, identifying a Montessori coordinator, a new teacher training pathway, adolescent professional development, and the expansion of program offerings with equity.

Estimated yearly costs to implement the MPSMSP plan are outlined in the second attachment to this item.
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not provide budget authority. There are estimated preliminary costs not to exceed $380,580 beginning with FY20. The Administration will conduct a needs assessment and budget analysis to bring specific funding recommendations to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors for approval each year during the budget process.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon approval by the Board, the Administration will begin implementation of the plan in alignment with the yearly budget process.
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board adopt the proposed MPS Montessori Strategic Plan as attached, with funding recommendations to be brought to the Board for approval as part of each fiscal year's budget process.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Martha Kreitzman - Chief Financial Officer
Signed By:
Christopher Hauser - Interim Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent