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.
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
Health Education Activities and Resources for Families during COVID-19
Health education is about helping students understand how to manage their behaviors and avoid high-risk behaviors in order to improve physical and mental health. This includes reducing stress and improving the immune system. Below are links to activities that students and families can do during the "safer at home" order. Choose activities that are fun and that you can do wherever you are comfortable. There are activities and games for indoors and outdoors.
Children's Wisconsin (formerly Children's Hospital of Wisconsin) has long been a partner in providing high-quality health education to students in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. It has provided free access to its online health classes for families to use. The classes are fun learning activities for students:
Here is a link to the sign-up page: https://healthykids.chw.org/login/signup.php
For high school students, dealing with stress under normal circumstances is an important skill to learn. During these times, it becomes even more important. Try the two "Daily Big 3" versions here as part of learning to take care of yourself, which is a lifelong health skill. (Thank you, SHAPE America, for providing these resources.)
If you have any questions, contact your teacher from your school or Brett Fuller, curriculum specialist for health and physical education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and Physical Education Vision Statement
Students will leave Milwaukee Public Schools with the skills, knowledge, and attitude necessary for lifelong wellness and daily physical activity.
Health and Physical Education Mission Statement
Milwaukee Public Schools’ K–12 health and physical education mission is to support students in developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be healthy, well, and physically active throughout their lifetime.
The concepts and skills learned in health education become the cornerstone for developing healthy habits that students will use every day for the rest of their lives. Students will learn how to analyze influences, access accurate health information, use positive communication skills, make healthy decisions, set goals, practice healthy/safe behaviors, and advocate for their own health and those around them.
MPS Human Growth and Development
MPS has worked with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and community partners to develop its own sex education curriculum called the MPS human growth and development curriculum. This curriculum, one of only three curricula recommended by the DPI, is used in other districts across the state. Parents/guardians will receive a permission form for students to opt out of some of the HGD lessons. Most lessons in each grade level have more to do with interpersonal communication and decision making than specific sex-related topics, so students should not be opted out of all lessons. Please review the lessons. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher.