ON-Lion Letter

Though Fall may feel a ways off, more than 125 school leaders and 140 new teachers from across Milwaukee gathered recently for intensive collaboration and training to prepare for the coming school year.

In total, the two days of professional development, put on by Schools That Can Milwaukee (STCM), brought together principals, deans of students, instructional leaders, and teacher leaders from 41 Milwaukee public schools, choice schools, charter schools, and local education nonprofits to share best practices and learn from one another.
STCM's team of school-leadership coaches facilitated a packed day of professional development and networking.  After STCM co-founder Kole Knueppel welcomed the leaders to the training, the day included a series of small-group sessions aimed at building cross-sector collaboration and relationships, as well as leadership skills and practices.

Meralis Hood, a new administrative-team member at Bay View High School, was one school leader who attended.  She said the day left her feeling fired up for the return of her students.  "I can say that the training session was such a positive way for me to start the year," Hood said.

Later the same week, STCM joined the Center for Urban Teaching to provide a full day's worth of training of the city's newest teachers.  The day focused on preparing brand new teachers for success in the classroom, as well as helping veteran teachers starting new assignments review foundational best practices.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports STCM.

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