Ambitious Instruction: Accelerating Learning Overview
Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to providing all students with equitable access to high-quality, grade-appropriate instruction aligned to the Wisconsin State Standards. Rigorous expectations of our students require ambitious instruction in our classrooms.
The following equity-oriented practices provide the framework for Ambitious Instruction: Accelerating Learning:
- using high quality, standards aligned, district adopted instructional materials
- focusing on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching practices that promote learning
- leveraging technology to empower students to create, collaborate, communicate, and think critically
Closing the opportunity gap in reading, writing, and mathematics remains priority work for the district, however; Ambitious Instruction: Accelerating Learning explicitly acknowledges the key role all content areas play in ensuring students acquire essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions for school, college and career success.
The Ambitious Instruction: Accelerating Learning plan brings the district back to the basics of quality learning and teaching. It unites all content areas around (1) formative practices, (2) explicit instruction, and (3) meaningful student engagement. Each grade level and content area will embrace specific instructional practices around these areas.
Ambitious Instruction continues to focus on formative practices, explicit instruction, and student engagement. During the 21-22 school year we took a close look at each lever and cross curricular application. This work is evident in the ebook Ambitious Instruction: Accelerating Learning. During the 22-23 school year, we went deeper into the use of district materials, grade level instruction, and scaffolding. This work is evident in the second volume of the ebook, Ambitious Instruction Accelerating Learning: A Deeper Dive. We will continue this work by aligning our work to the strategic plan goal of 50% of all students meeting proficiency or higher by 2028. With a focus on collaborative practices, we will articulate the teaching, leadership, and organizational practices that will lead to high levels of academic achievement