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
Developing a Deep Understanding and Appreciation for Meaningful K–12 Mathematics
Mathematics in Milwaukee Public Schools is built on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. These standards define what students should understand and be able to do in their study of mathematics. In prekindergarten through grade 8, the standards lay a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals. These elements support a student's ability to learn and apply more-demanding mathematics concepts and procedures as students progress through high school. This in turn ensures preparation for college and career.
Milwaukee Public Schools mathematics instruction calls for students to apply mathematics through real-world contexts, building on conceptual understanding of topics balanced with procedural skill and fluency. Students’ abilities to think and reason about mathematics are developed over the course of their study through engaging, appropriate, high-level teaching and learning.