Thank you for visiting Milwaukee Public School’s online resource for the process to update the district’s strategic plan. The current plan, Working Together, Achieving More (WTAM) has been an important road map for MPS reform and continues to be the document used to align our efforts in support of the achievement of all our students.
WTAM’s key elements, the Mission and Vision statements, Core Beliefs and Goals have been updated to incorporate the feedback received in public meetings, parent and student gatherings, and our online surveys.
Below are the Mission and Vision statements, Core Beliefs and Goals as presented to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors for consideration at a January 2014 meeting. At that meeting, Board members made suggestions for adjustments to the proposed language detailed below. Members of the planning team, which includes members of the Milwaukee Board of Directors, the Board Clerk/Director of Board Governance, the district’s Chief Accountability Officer, the Superintendent, Chief of Staff, and other members of the MPS Administration, are working to incorporate those suggestions. Updated versions of the key elements reflecting actions by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors will be posted on this site in the near future. The Board will be taking testimony on the Strategic Plan on February 20 at 6:00pm.
Proposed Mission Statement
Milwaukee Public Schools is a diverse district that welcomes all students, preparing them for success in higher education, work and citizenship.
Proposed Vision Statement
Milwaukee Public Schools will be among the highest student growth school systems in the country. All district staff will be committed to providing an educational environment that is child-centered and supports achievement. Schools will be safe, welcoming, well-maintained and accessible community centers meeting the needs of all. Relevant, rigorous and successful instructional programs will be recognized and replicated. The district and its schools will collaborate with students, families and community for the benefit of all.
Proposed Core Beliefs
- Students come first.
- Wherever students are learning is the most important place in the district.
- Educators and school staffs are the foundation of academic success for all students.
- Leadership, educator development and child-driven data-informed decision making are keys to student achievement.
- Involved families are integral to increasing student achievement.
- Students have a voice.
- Quality community partnerships add value.
- Increased operational efficiencies are consistently pursued to support learning opportunities for our students.
- Central Services supports student achievement, effective and efficient operations and student, family and community engagement and effective and efficient operations.
Goal 1: Academic Achievement
Goal 2: Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3: Effective and Efficient Operations
Our work began in late 2012 with a series of public meetings that allowed facilitators to collect input from our staff, students and members of our valued community. Invitations to those meetings were sent to a broad list of stakeholders, including members of the community, MPS employees and labor unions representing staff, families and students. In early 2013, this website was created as the main mechanism to share information with our stakeholders. We are happy to say that it has become an important outreach tool in our efforts to revamp the district’s strategic plan.
The information and ideas that we have gleaned from our in-person sessions and our online outreach has been immensely helpful. Feedback continues to be reviewed and documented.
Please continue to let us know your thoughts and provide any questions you may have, by writing us at firstname.lastname@example.org