Recruitment events set to start as MPS seeks 700 new teachers

Qualified applicants who attend any teacher sessions could leave with a letter of intent to be hired; hiring comes as MPS boosts starting teacher salary, sees achievement growth

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools will hold five recruitment events starting this week as the district seeks to hire 700 new teachers as well as paraprofessionals and more than a dozen principals.

Qualified applicants who attend any teacher recruitment session could leave with a letter of intent to be hired by the district. At the March 2 district-wide recruitment event for teachers and paraprofessionals, early contracts may be offered.

MPS recently boosted its starting teacher salary to $41,000 from $37,721 and now gives teachers coming into hard-to-fill positions extra time to meet residency as the district seeks to attract qualified applicants for the 700 teaching positions.

Milwaukee Public Schools has posted a 17-percentage-point gain in its graduation rate between 2000 and 2011; it hosts three of the state’s ten best high schools according to U.S. News and World Report; and a majority of MPS schools are growing student achievement better than or at least roughly as well as the state as a whole according to new state report cards. Milwaukee Public Schools offers a strong curriculum tied to the rigorous Common Core State Standards, which Wisconsin and more than 40 other states have implemented to prepare students for success in college and careers.

“With the strong academic reforms we’ve put in place and our commitment to excellence, we are dedicated to being the employer of choice for the best and brightest educators and support staff for our students,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said.

The hiring is largely the result of the last year of a three-year wave of retirements sparked in part by the aging of the baby boom generation, which is represented significantly in the Milwaukee Public Schools workforce.

Three smaller teacher recruitment events are scheduled for teachers in specific shortage areas leading up to a March 2 district-wide recruitment event for all K-12 teachers and paraprofessionals. A principal recruiting event has also been scheduled. Details are as follows:

 

February 6 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Special Education teacher focus

Manitoba School: 4040 W. Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee 53215

 

February 13 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Bilingual, K3/K4, Head Start teacher focus

Milwaukee School of Languages: 8400 W. Burleigh Street, Milwaukee 53222

 

February 20 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Science/Technology/Engineering/Math, Reading teacher focus

Alexander Hamilton High School: 6215 W. Warnimont Avenue, Milwaukee 53220

 

March 2 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Teachers (K-12, all certifications) and paraprofessionals district-wide

Harold S. Vincent High School: 7501 N. Granville Road, Milwaukee 53224

March 20 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Principal recruitment informational meeting

Milwaukee Public Schools Central Services: 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee 53208

Applicants seeking additional information can visit http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/dept/careers/ to learn more or apply. They can also contact the Milwaukee Public Schools Office of Human Resources at (414) 475-8224 for more information. Media inquiries should be directed to Tony Tagliavia, MPS media manager, at (414) 475-8675.