Auer Avenue Community School is one of seven Milwaukee Public Schools who are currently a part of the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership. The Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership (MCSP) is a collective strategy to transform schools into a place where students, families, staff, and the surrounding community can work together to ensure every student is successful.
Community Schools are a proven model to increase a school’s capacity to better engage and align partnerships centered on the self-identified, real-time priorities of schools and communities. Our strategy places the focus on the whole child by providing academic supports, social & emotional learning, health & wellness, family & community engagement, and a safe and supportive climate.
Auer’s Community School priorities for the 2016-17 school year are as follows:
1. Safety – Staff and students are respected and feel safe within the building and in the community.
2. Communication – To have ongoing positive communication with students, parents and staff. Increase consistency in communications with our families, staff and community partners as well as the community surrounding the school.
3. Parent Involvement – See parents volunteering in various capacity. Parents support teachers. Parents assist with student work, attending events/activities and supporting the school uniform policy.
MCSP was born out of Commitment School Grant Process in January of 2015. Three schools Auer, JMAC and Bradley Tech chose Community Schools as a school reform process. United Way hired Community School Coordinators in Feb. 2015. Through Community Advocacy, Hopkins Lloyd was added as 4th School, their Community School Coordinator was hired in August, 2015. Two more schools were added this summer, Lincoln Avenue Elementary and Browning Elementary.
While we have seen some very promising results around academic achievement, attendance and improved school climate
within just about one year of implementation, we recognize that Community Schools are a long-term investment strategy for building sustainable and successful schools. We hope you can join us at our monthly meetings to help our Community School grow!
Michelle R. Allison,
Auer Avenue Community School Coordinator