Browning is a recipient of an Arts@Large grant. This grant brings opportunities for students to learn through the arts. Arts@Large has built an exemplary program that links community artist educators and higher education with teachers and students to create an atmosphere of arts-infused learning.
Browning has a greenhouse that is used productively by students in its after-school program with Growing Power. Growing Power works with the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, to teach youth about growing organic produce, eating healthy, and being more physically active. Since 2006, they have been working with the 10-18 year olds who attend the weekly after school sessions held either at Growing Power or the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center greenhouse. As part of the program, Growing Power is training the youth in building and maintaining Sustainable Urban Food Systems (i.e. Aquaponics System, Vermiculture, Sprouts System, etc.), collaborating with Browning Elementary School to install a native prairie and community garden, hosting cooking classes focusing on nutrition, and teaching youth about food sovereignty and the importance of eating fresh local food.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
PBIS is a joint effort between Milwaukee Public Schools Office of Family Services and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association to effectively reduce classroom disruptions and student suspensions through a school-wide systematic tiered-intervention approach. Data shows that schools that implement PBIS with fidelity see decreases in disruptions and suspensions and increases in student achievement.
Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE)
The Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program was established in the 1996-97 school year to improve student achievement through the implementation of four specific school-improvement strategies (see below). Wisconsin’s approximately 449 SAGE schools enter renewable 5-year contracts designed to promote academic achievement through lower class sizes in the primary grades. Schools receive state aid up to $2,250 for each low-income K-3 child.
Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
Browning shares a building with Silver Spring Neighborhood Center (SSNC). The partnership allows us to provide a quality educational program paired with the SSNC services that are available for children and families before, during and after school, on Saturdays and throughout the summer.