WUWM: Education Reporting

There’s a lot to know about our schools - from the systems at large down to individual students. WUWM's job is to take you into classrooms, introduce you to the people involved and explain the complicated stuff.

No matter how education touches your life - whether you're a parent, student, teacher or just interested in better understanding how learning happens - we want your ideas to help shape the stories we cover.

What do YOU want to know about education in southeastern Wisconsin? Let's learn together.

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Rachel Morello

With change comes uncertainty -- and uncertain is exactly the vibe on UW-Milwaukee’s campus, as faculty, staff and students begin to learn more about the future of their school.

Wisconsin’s public university system will look different in 2018. Come next fall, UWM will merge with a couple two-year UW campuses.

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Learning a new language gets harder for most of us once we’re past the age of 6 or 7. But one way to help make learning a foreign language easier, and perhaps just a bit cooler, for middle and high school students is to bring in a band.

In early November, MPS hosted a special event for students learning German. They brought in the German pop/hip hop and classical mash-up band Einshoch6 to the Milwaukee School of Languages.

Mitch Teich

Notre Dame Hall, the iconic building on the Mount Mary University campus, was built nearly 90 years ago.  But the work that goes on in one particular room is anything but historic.  It’s cutting edge work being done in a space that serves the university and the community at large.

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Employers both large and small have concerns about whether people graduating are ready for employment. Sometimes that question involves specialized skills; but increasingly, the questions are bigger and seemingly simpler - are students prepared to join the workforce?

It’s a field known as “essential employability qualities,” or EEQs, and Alverno College will play a role in determining how to measure whether students are ready for the workplace as a participant in the The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher Postsecondary Education (the QA Commons) EEQ Pilot program.

These days, school is more than just a place of learning.

The classroom has become a “home away from home” for some students, especially those whose lives involve big challenges. And increasingly, school is the place kids seek help with their social-emotional needs.

What are the best ways to do that? How should schools strike a balance between social-emotional and academic learning? And what are educators in the Milwaukee area already doing on this front?

That’s the question in front of a panel, assembling Wednesday at Marquette Law School.

Rachel Morello

Several Wisconsin school districts are trying a new method of evaluating what students learn.

It’s called “standards-based grading,” and it’s different than the typical A-F grading system people may be used to.

Advocates believe the new approach will replace the old system. But, in order for the practice to catch on, it will take a shift in mindset from both parents and educators.

At first, when you step into David Venne’s room at Racine Case High School, it looks like any other public school science class. 

A Primer on Homeschooling in Wisconsin

Nov 27, 2017
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Wisconsin is home to arguably the largest school choice scene in the country, and many local parents are aware of the public and private school options available to them. But there’s one lesser-known alternative: homeschooling.

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The majority of Wisconsin’s students are performing at or above expectations, according to the latest round of state report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction on Tuesday. But, DPI officials warn that although new scores paint a brighter picture for schools across the state, in some cases they may not be an accurate reflection of what’s happening in classrooms.

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Updated Thursday, Nov. 9
The UW Board of Regents approved a plan at its monthly meeting Thursday that would merge the systems two-year schools with its four-year campuses.  The Regents approved the proposal on a voice vote -- with Tony Evers and Janice Mueller dissenting.

The proposal, crafted by UW System president Ray Cross, will impact the UW Colleges, four-year institutions and the UW-Extension -- but not Wisconsin's Technical College System, which is a separate entity.

Original post: October 11, 2017  

Rachel Morello

Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello scans through her notes and gives us the scoop about what’s happening in schools around the greater Milwaukee area. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her news quiz!

Meet Bell, This Racine School's Therapy Dog

Oct 26, 2017
Rachel Morello

School can play many roles in a child’s life: it’s the place kids learn, it can be the place they eat, and play. And it can also be the place they go for help. Along with people like counselors and nurses, some schools are adding therapy dogs to their staffs to address students’ emotional needs.

Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello opens up her notebook to give us the scoop about what's happening in schools around the greater Milwaukee area. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her news quiz!

There's often a trend in the news cycle -- particularly the education news cycle, I think -- where it feels like nothing major is happening and then 'Wham!' A big headline hits you from what feels like way out of left field.

Rachel Morello

Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello opens up her notebook to give us the scoop about what’s happening in schools around the greater Milwaukee area. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her education news quiz.

Today marks the last Friday in September, and roughly the end of the first month of school. Can you believe it?

Rachel Morello

Today’s education and business communities talk a lot about “jobs of the future.” What are those jobs? And how are kids being prepared for them?

Educators commonly promote the cause of “preparing kids for jobs that don’t even exist yet.” But what does that mean?

In Wisconsin, we now have a better idea where employees coming up in the next few decades might find some of those jobs.  

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Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello opens up her notebook to give us the scoop about what's happening in schools around the greater Milwaukee area. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her education news quiz.

Forget how it works? Check out the back-to-school quiz for a refresher.

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