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GE Schools Grant

The GE Developing Futures in EducationTM Grant

  • develops, implements, and supports STEM education in pilot GE schools for increased academic outcomes;
  • assists in developing and supporting principals and teachers with multidisciplinary approaches that address real-world problems to advance students as complex problem solvers who are future ready;
  • provides training, professional development, and performance evaluation critical to moving the district's work forward to achieve strategic academic goals;
  • supports school structures and cultures for professional development, continuous improvement, recruitment, and retention of educators;
  • infuses technology-enhanced practices.

Achieving Excellence through Innovation

The GE Foundation Grant has supported three phases of education best practices to prepare our students for success in becoming college and career ready. The first phase included 19 schools in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and education best practices. Phase two included college and career readiness, and phase three focuses on STEM. These schools are to serve as models for others in research-based innovation to increase student academic achievement.

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  Phase I: Kindergarten-Grade 8 Schools

Professional development for teachers in math and literacy for improved student outcomes through the implementation of the standards

Cohort 1 – ten Demonstration Schools – October 2012

Demonstration Schools provided observers with a firsthand look at instruction best practices; total enrollment in these schools was approximately 4,200 students.

  1. Albert E. Kagel School
  2. Browning School
  3. Fifty-Third Street School
  4. Jeremiah Curtin Leadership Academy
  5. La Escuela Fratney
  6. Milwaukee Sign Language School
  7. Ninety-Fifth Street School
  8. Riverwest Elementary School (formerly Pierce Elementary School)
  9. Samuel Clemens School
  10. Victory K–8 and Italian Immersion School

Cohort 2 – nine Foundation Schools – December 2013

Foundation Schools followed the same application process as the Cohort 1 schools; total enrollment in these schools was approximately 4,350 students.

  1. Cass Street School
  2. Congress School
  3. Elm Creative Arts School
  4. Frederick J. Gaenslen School
  5. Grantosa Drive School
  6. Hampton School
  7. Nathaniel Hawthorne School
  8. Parkview School
  9. Walt Whitman School
  Phase II: High Schools

Development of college and career readiness through the embedding of GE Essential Skills, telepresence, and the execution of College and Career Centers in all traditional high schools

Schools – 2016

  1. Bay View High School
  2. James Madison Academic Campus
  3. Milwaukee Marshall High School
  4. Riverside University High School
  5. South Division High School
  6. Washington High School of Information Technology
  Phase III: Middle Schools

Vision of STEM in MPS

Milwaukee Public Schools students will engage in high-quality, culturally relevant, interdisciplinary STEM learning experiences that ignite a passion for learning, a commitment to innovative thinking, and the desire and skills to transform the global community.

Mission of STEM in MPS

Milwaukee Public Schools will ensure that every student receives equitable access to culturally relevant, interdisciplinary STEM learning experiences. MPS will engage staff in rigorous, differentiated, professional learning opportunities focused on standards, common strategies, and shared language, and it will enable teachers to effectively plan interdisciplinary STEM learning experiences and deliver high-quality instruction through culturally relevant, real-world applications. Administrators, as instructional leaders, will prioritize and monitor the implementation of interdisciplinary STEM learning experiences. Schools will engage families and community in STEM learning that supports the development of students as complex problem solvers, innovators, inventors, and critical thinkers so that they may be successful in college, careers, and beyond.

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  Lessons Learned to Impact Student Outcomes
  • GE partnership – blueprint for district partnerships
  • Collective impact – framework for shared outcomes
  • Sustainable solutions – long-term planning
  • Leveraging of human capital to build capacity
  Building a Legacy of Best Practices

College and career readiness focus:

  • Expansion of internship and scholarship opportunities
  • Implementation of GE Essential Skills curriculum at all MPS high schools
  • School-based College and Career Centers in all MPS high schools
  • STEM focus to ensure STEM-literate students
  • Preparing students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math
  • Creating a continuum of college and career readiness supports
  • Providing Advanced Placement (AP) courses through telepresence to 175 students
  Sustained Best Practices
GE Foundation Schools Milwaukee Public Schools
Teaching and grading to standards All schools teach and grade to standards
Parent coordinators All schools have parent coordinators
Culturally responsive teacher leaders All schools have received training in culturally responsive practices
Telepresence STEM book study with teachers High schools are using telepresence to teach courses across campuses
Instructional walks with feedback and support All schools have instructional walks with feedback and guaranteed academic supports
Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) curriculum kindergarten through grade 2 Thirty-two schools use the CKLA curriculum, and we continue to expand
GE audits School quality reviews
Ensuring quality leadership of GE schools through development and assignment Use of Wisconsin Framework for Principal Leadership to ensure quality leadership at all schools


  Phase III: College and Career Ready (2016-Future)
  • Opening of six College and Career Centers supported by GE
  • Increasing internships, added internship coordinator
  • Increasing support for STEM in middle schools
  • Rolling out GE Essential Skills curriculum in all high schools
  • Increasing implementation of CKLA professional development and curriculum throughout the district
  GE Schools: Achievement

Students are closing gaps at GE schools!

We have seen increases in the numbers of students on target for proficiency:

  • Early literacy – 185 more students
  • Reading – 305 more students
  • Math – 300 more students


Sherrie Griffin

Timothy Meyer

GEF Legacy Site –Videos of Best Practices and Other Digital Resources

The GEF Legacy Site is designed to be used as a tool, created by the district, to give an insight into classrooms that are in the process of implementing standards-based best practices. The intent of each video and accompanying digital resources is to inspire and share new ideas as well as to showcase the excellent teaching and learning happening every day in the Milwaukee Public Schools. The library is a place where teachers, academic coaches, and administrators can visit and explore. We can all learn from each other as we continue to teach, learn, and lead. 


We believe that one of the keys to effective education is building partnerships with local businesses, nonprofits, and stakeholders. Together we are working to bring Common Core State Standards implementation to scale across the district.

GE Foundation
GE Healthcare
Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association
Other departments within Milwaukee Public Schools:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Organizational Development and Supports
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