MPS Acting Superintendent Driver to visit summer programs Wednesday

Visits set for three schools the day after Dr. Driver was sworn in

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools Acting Superintendent Darienne Driver will visit three of the district’s strong summer programs on Wednesday, her second day leading the 160-school district.

The school visits will come one day after Dr. Driver was officially sworn in by the Milwaukee City Clerk (photos, video: http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/dept/superintendent/2014/07/photos-video-dr-darienne-driver-sworn-in-as-mps-acting-superintendent/).

Dr. Driver (right) at her swearing-in with Milwaukee City Clerk Jim Owczarski on Tuesday, July 1

Dr. Driver (right) at her swearing-in with Milwaukee City Clerk Jim Owczarski on Tuesday, July 1

“Our victory lies within each classroom and the magic of teaching and learning that happens within this space is our core business,” Dr. Driver said.

Dr. Driver, who recently completed her doctorate degree from the Urban Superintendents Program at Harvard University, was previously MPS’ Chief Innovation Officer, overseeing the district’s charter schools, research efforts and its work to develop innovative models to transform schools.

Scheduled school visits include:

– Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning, a K-12 school immediately west of downtown in the Avenues West neighborhood, to visit students taking part in the 8th Grade Promotional Program, which focuses on strengthening the academic skills of current 8th grade students transitioning to high school, and Be the Change, which is aimed at instilling academic and leadership skills among young men entering or continuing high school.

– Greenfield Bilingual School, a K-8 school in the Burnham Park neighborhood on the city’s south side, to visit students at one of MPS’ largest monolingual and bilingual Summer Academy sites. MPS Summer Academy curriculum is tied to rigorous college- and career-ready standards and gives students a preview of the standards they are expected to master in the coming grade to stay on track for success.

– Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts, a K-8 school in the Bay View neighborhood on the southeast side, to visit students in MPS Summer Academy as well as those involved in Milwaukee Recreation summer camp programs. This is Parkside’s first summer hosting Summer Academy programming.

Media are invited to attend the Greenfield Bilingual School visit at 9:30 a.m. at the school, 1711 S. 35th Street, Milwaukee 53215. Dr. Driver will have a brief media availability near the end of her visit to the school, but her schedule will not permit full interviews.

 

About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, cultivating leadership and building stronger, more positive relationships between the city’s youth and adults who can showcase the path to success. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • More MPS students are meeting reading standards
  • The MPS Class of 2014 earned $31 million in scholarships, up $7 million
  • and MPS is home to 4 of the state’s top 15 high schools according to U.S. News and World Report

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