Professional Development Opportunities for MTEA members

Three Credit Book StudyMKE center logo
Earn 3 graduate credits with your colleagues through this popular book study course. Credits are offered through Augustana College and are accepted by DPI for license renewal. Suggest
book titles by Jan. 17. Mandatory course orientation, Tues., Jan. 24 from 4:30-5:30pm. After the orientation, book study groups select their own four dates to meet. Cost for three credits is $355.
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Restorative Practices
Learn how Restorative Practices can positively influence your classroom practice. Mon., Jan. 23 and Wed., Jan 25 from 4:30-6:30pm. Both sessions are required. Limit 18 members.
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*NEW* Three Credit Online Courses
Earn 3 graduate credits by choosing from the three online courses listed below. The mandatory
orientation on Mon., Jan. 30 from 4:30-5:30pm will give course overviews, provide help navigating the online classroom and facilitate registration. Cost is $355-385 per course.
Refocus & Recharge: Strategies for Finding Balance in Teaching
Explore strategies to attain professional and personal balance, avoid teacher burnout and recharge.

Co-Teaching: Partners in Practice
Reflect on what you can bring to a co-teaching framework and aspects of co-teaching that are essential for success.

Achieving Success with English Language Learners
Gain strategies to better teach English language learners.

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National Board Support Sessions
MTEA members seeking National Board Certification are invited to support sessions. Must be enrolled as a National Board candidate or renewal candidate. Mon., Jan. 23; Tues., Feb 28; Wed., March 29 and Wed., April 26 from 4:30-6pm.

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*NEW* Strategies for Struggling Readers in the Elementary Grades

This interactive workshop offers strategies and suggestions for teaching foundational reading skills to struggling elementary students in small groups. Sat., Jan. 28 from 9:30-11:30am.

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Degrees Not Debt!

Learn ways to save money on your student loans and options for loan forgiveness. Mon., Feb 6 or Wed., May 17 from 4:30-5:30pm.

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This course will prepare teachers to pass the Praxis assessment. Mon., Feb. 13 from 4:30-6pm. Members free; $75 fee for non-members.

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*NEW* Constructing Relationships for Schools
Participate in activities and discussions centered around race, systemic inequity, oppression. Together we will work towards solutions that build community and relationships in and outside the classroom. Tues., Feb. 14 from 4:30-6pm.

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Teaching American Labor and Working Class History

 A 3-Credit Online Graduate Level Course in Education, Accredited by Viterbo University; Sponsored by: the Wisconsin Education Association Academy; and the School for Workers, University of Wisconsin-Extension  

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Children protesters supporting GM Sit-down Strikers
in Flint, Michigan, 1937


Course Faculty:

Armando Ibarra, PhD, Political Science, Associate Professor, School for Workers,

David Nack, PhD, American History, Professor, School for Workers,

Course Description:

This online course covers a broad view of the history and development of the American working class and labor movement from the Colonial Period to the present. It serves as an introduction to the field of Labor History, and as a primary source for learning material for teachers and students. As course participants become familiar with the field, they will construct two lesson plans.


Course Eligibility: K-12 Educators and other interested individuals {a major course requirement is to write 2 lesson plans, or plans for 2 labor history presentations}

Required Text: Dray, Philip (2010). There Is Power in a Union, The Epic Story of Labor in America, New York: Doubleday. Course participants must procure this text on their own; required material for all other reading assignments will be provided online.

Next Class Begins: January 30, 2017; Special introductory rate between 11/15 and 12/31, 2016—our lowest cost—only $159 to audit or $489 for 3 graduate Education credits!

To Register please go to:; for more information please contact: Jeff Baas at 608-298-2409 ex 279.



Vote YES to Recertify the MTEA Oct. 27 – Nov. 16, 2016

ALL teacher unit educators (teachers, social workers, speech pathologists, guidance counselors, nurses, etc.), educational assistants (paras, safeties, interpreters, general assistants), and bookkeepers should vote in this election. You don’t have to be an MTEA member to vote!

VOTE YES to support your colleagues and RECERTIFY the MILWAUKEE TEACHERS’ EDUCATION ASSOCIATION! we_can_do_it-2

A YES vote means the MTEA will continue to represent you in collective bargaining with MPS.

To win this election, 51% of ALL employees in each unit represented by the MTEA must vote YES. If you don’t vote, it counts as a NO.

Vote online or by phone:

Starting October 27 at noon, go to and click on the voting link, or call 1-866-458-9862 to cast your vote. Voting ends Wed., November 16 at noon!

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Increased Test Scores Release MPS From Takeover Legislation

kim-banner-copyStatement from MTEA President Kim Schroeder:

Today we welcome an important announcement on the status of the MPS Takeover plan. The Department of Public Instruction and MPS have shared that as a result of improved DPI scores, MPS is no longer at risk of takeover under the current legislation.

The MPS Takeover legislation was one of the greatest threats to public education Milwaukee has ever seen. I applaud every member who worked tirelessly to fight this unjust law through grassroots organizing and direct action. It is because of the dedication and commitment of MTEA members, parents, and community members, that our students are performing against all odds to overcome the effects of failed educational policies.

We know what works in Milwaukee because we are seeing the results of positive, educator-driven initiatives like the Community School model. We see what happens in public schools when parents, communities, students, and educators are empowered to take ownership of their schools to ensure the success of every child. The takeover legislation, which threatened to take away local control, is another example of a failed policy created without the expertise of educators who work in our schools.

Every child in Wisconsin has the right to a publicly funded, equitable, and democratically controlled public school and the MTEA is deeply committed to ensuring every child, regardless of their zip code, has access to the schools they deserve. MTEA members will continue to fight any attempts to threaten the public schools that have the commitment, capacity, and legal responsibility to educate all children.

In solidarity,


Kim Schroeder
MTEA President



Wisconsin Education Association Council President, Ron “Duff” Martin sent a formal letter congratulating MTEA on the news from the Department of Public Instruction.


MTEA President Kim Schroeder’s Statement on Sherman Park Events

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The Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA) joins with our students, parents and members of the community to take stock of this past weekend’s events in Sherman Park. MTEA members know that Governor Walker’s calling out of the National Guard is not a solution. We need community led solutions that empower neighborhoods.

The Sherman Park neighborhood, like much of our city, has gone through decades of declining opportunity: the loss of living wage union factory jobs, redlining, hyper segregation, foreclosures, mass incarcerations, and the growth of low wage jobs lacking health care coverage or security. As educators we know that Milwaukee has been ground zero for over 25 years of the failed school privatization schemes that have targeted low-income black and brown communities, leaving our public schools starving for resources and our children in the crosshairs.

We also know as educators that we play a critical role in the lives of our students and their families. In the coming days our students will come to us with questions. Listed below are some resources recommended by educators that can assist you in your classrooms and with your work with family and community members. Many of these titles can be found in the Martin Haberman Library for Social Justice Teaching in the MTEA’s office.

MTEA members are dedicated to fighting for the schools and communities our children deserve.

In Solidarity,

Kim Schroeder
MTEA President


For White Teachers in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter
Teaching for Joy and Justice by Linda Christensen
Rethinking Globalization by Bigelow/Peterson
Failing our Kids by Swope and Miner
Reading, writing, and rising up by Christensen
Rhythm and Resistance by Christensen and Watson
Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching social justice by the numbers By Gutsetin and Peterson
The Line Between Us by Bill Bigelow
Planning to Change the World: A plan book for social justice teachers

Congratulations on retirement to Libby Mitten

LibbyThe Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association would like the express our deep appreciation to Libby Mitten for her long years of service to the members of our union. Libby began working at the MTEA in 1982 part time to help with mailings and other office duties. After four years, Libby was brought on full time by then Executive Director, Jim Colter. Colter was determined to have her work at the MTEA so he sent her to classes to learn how to type and learn general secretarial duties. Libby has lived in Milwaukee her entire life, even attending Neeskara Elementary School as a child. She lived down the street from the MTEA office on 51st for 46 years. Libby married John Mitten in 1964 and had three children, Jackie, Johnnie and Kelly and 7 Grandchildren, her work at the MTEA included EA and Sub Membership, Committees, Grievances, Misconducts, MOU’s, Assaults, Worker’s Compensation along with working closely with Pat O’Mahar on the MTEA publications, which were then called the Sharpener, Team-Mate and Dispatch. In 2001 Libby became Assistant to the Director of Operations. She is a valuable part of the MTEA Family and she will be missed very much as she begins her retirement. Please join us in wishing Libby all the best in her future endeavors. You can send messages for Libby to the MTEA Building or email


Wisconsin Public Education Network Annual Summit – setting the pace for the statewide fight for public education

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WPEN Second Annual Summer Summit Tuesday, August 23

*New Location* Wauwatosa East High School

Join public education advocates from all over the state for the Wisconsin Public Education event of the summer!

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In addition to an exciting and action-focused agenda of informational breakouts and strategy sessions, the keynote speakers for this year’s event are North Carolina NAACP President and founder of the “Moral Mondays” movement, Rev. Dr. William Barber and John and Tashia Morgridge. These inspiring speakers will help highlight two key themes of the day: the deep value of supporting public
education and strategies for non-partisan advocacy and action that put our values first and hold decision-makers to a high moral standard. Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Evers, will once again kick off the event.

The Summit is the place to get connected, learn more about the issues facing our students and schools, and learn how you can be a part of the growing movement to support public schools.

Special MTEA Member Registration Offer

MTEA will cover the registration cost for the first 50 members who sign up and bring a parent. Registration costs will be covered for both the member and the parent–this includes lunch. To attend dinner as well, you will need to add “Dinner Only” tickets for $20/person to your registration order.

To take advanage of this special offer, select the “MTEA Member + Parent Combo” ticket option.

Space is limited! Register today!

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Here is a summary of the agenda – click here for the full schedule:
  • 8:00-9:00 Check-In and Registration. Coffee/pastry/mingling. Note: Registration is required ($20 includes lunch for those who register online by 8/19. On-site registrations will not include lunch).
  • 9:00  Morning Meeting. Welcome: Dr. Tony Evers, Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • 10:00-12:15 Breakouts (two sessions of concurrent panels)
  • 12:15-1:00  Lunch
  • 1:00 KEYNOTE: Tashia and John Morgridge, “80 Years of Public Education”
  • 1:45-2:45 FEATURED PANEL: Building Bridges in a Time of Divides: Coming Together to Support Our Students and Schools, former Wisconsin State Senators Tim Cullen and Dale Schultz and Madeline Power, 371 Productions, producer of “Whatever Happened to Wisconsin Nice?”
  • 3:00-4:15 STRATEGY SESSION: Local-Level Action with State-Level Impact: Strategies for Coalition-Building
  • 4:30 KEYNOTE (open to the public): Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, “Our Moral Moment: Public Education, Civil Rights, and Democracy”
  • 6:30  Dinner at Tosa Pool (1800 N Swan Blvd, 53226 NOTE: Tickets required).

MPS Board President Mark Sain, Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver issue statement regarding OSPP


June 17 Presser Dr.Driver OSPP


June 17, 2016

To Our Milwaukee Public Schools Community,

We truly appreciate your dedication, time and support to promote and encourage the success of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) students and want to provide you with this update on the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program (OSPP).

In June 2015, the state legislature passed a law creating the OSPP, which gives Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele the responsibility to appoint a commissioner who has the authority to transfer an MPS school or schools from the district to the OSPP.

On April 21, 2016, Commissioner Demond Means presented a proposal to MPS with a June 23 deadline for response. We appreciate the desire of County Executive Abele and Commissioner Means to develop a partnership proposal that attempts to limit harm to MPS students. However, as we have examined the OSPP proposal over the past six weeks, we have identified the following concerns:

  • The academic and curricular programming lacks detail and clarity
  • The school funding plan is unclear
  • The school qualitative reviews outlined in both state law and the OSPP proposal have not been conducted
  • The request for proposals seeking a school operator was not issued and steps have not been taken to select a school
  • The OSPP proposal contains elements which contradict the legislation, namely that staff at the OSPP schools will remain employees of the district with little guidance about how this would be compliant with state law

Given these concerns, we recently requested a meeting with County Executive Abele and Commissioner Means to discuss an alternative to the OSPP proposal. We know the fundamental needs of our families include greater access to high-quality early childhood education, sustained resources and support, stable school communities, rigorous curriculum led by strong instructional leaders and having a voice in the decisions that impact their children.

With these critical factors in mind, and given that the qualitative analysis as outlined in the OSPP proposal was not completed, selecting a school would be unfair to school communities because they have not had an opportunity to participate in a qualitative review. We have developed an alternative option that will add value and align with the critical work already underway at MPS:

  • Create a high-quality early childhood education program, addressing a community need acknowledged by local leaders and the Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education
  • Provide the choice for families to opt-in to OSPP
  • Locate the program inside the former 35th Street Elementary School, which is well suited to serve our youngest learners; it would share a separate and distinct space in the same building with Assata, an MPS partnership school; this is a model that has been used in the past and allows for improved achievement and better student and family engagement and support at both schools
  • Next year, as outlined in the OSPP proposal, would be a planning year, with the program opening in the 2017-18 school year

Improving student outcomes is challenging and much work remains. As a district, we have implemented strategies for school turnaround rooted in collective impact including:

  • Developing intentional, mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Making data-informed decisions
  • Implementing research-based programs
  • Strengthening current infrastructure
  • Maximizing resources and managing our assets

Our efforts are yielding results. More students are earning scholarships with a record-breaking $47.8 million awarded this year; more high schools are ranked among the best in the state and nation; and over 100 MPS schools are recognized for promoting positive behaviors by an independent statewide organization. Community engagement is leading to stronger families and a healthier community. With ongoing support from committed community partners, we will continue to see positive results.

MPS is committed to ensuring that all partnerships bring additional value and enhance our current standard of care. In doing this, we must also ensure our school communities are kept intact and we believe our alternative does just that. We are prepared to discuss this alternative with County Executive Abele and Commissioner Means and will continue to keep you informed throughout the process.

For more information, please visit or call 414-475-8274.


Dr. Driver Signature

Darienne B. Driver, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Mark A. Sain, President
Milwaukee Board of School Directors

MPS Press Conference on Abele/Means MPS Takeover Proposal from MTEA Union on Vimeo.

Pierce Elementary First Graders Hold Book Signing Celebration

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How many books did you have published at the completion of first grade? Few people can claim five published works before they even step into second grade, but that’s exactly what the first grade students of Pierce Elementary have done. On Thursday morning, they invited family to school to join them for a book signing celebration.

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The students arrived to the gym to find a red carpet laid out for them leading to the head table where they would be signing their books.


The students welcomed family members to their book signing celebration and described some of the things they learned about the writing process.

The students welcomed family members to their book signing celebration and described some of the things they learned about the writing process.


The students delivered their completed books to their loved ones, while they singing. Very few had dry eyes during this moving presentation.

The students delivered their completed books to their loved ones, while singing. Very few had dry eyes during this moving presentation.


Mrs. Haack, the students teacher, spoke along with several other speakers congratulating the students on their tremendous achievement.

Mrs. Haack, the students teacher, spoke along with several other speakers congratulating the students on their tremendous achievement.


And finally the moment the students have been waiting six months for...time to sign!

And finally the moment the students have been waiting six months for…time to sign!


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Like any great celebration, the students ended with cake.

Like any great celebration, the students ended with cake.

Pierce Classroom Book Signing Celebration from MTEA Union on Vimeo.

Sixty-Two Years After Brown v. Board of Education, MPS Students Still Facing Inequalities

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On the 62nd anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Supreme Court education ruling, Milwaukee got a first-hand look into the continued attempts to provide less for the students in Milwaukee Public Schools, who are overwhelmingly black and brown children. During Tuesday’s debate over school privatization at Marquette University Law School forum, Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association Executive Director (MTEA), Lauren Baker schooled Representative Dale Kooyenga on the many ways his ALEC-model, privatization experiments betray the promise of equal educational opportunities for all children.


On May 17, 1954, the unanimous Brown decision outlawed school segregation policies and eliminated “separate but equal” doctrine. It is clear that Kooyenga’s Takeover legislation is a betrayal of Brown.


During the debate, Kooyenga listed the need for changes in governance as a main reason for his Takeover law–a law which will foster racial and economic inequalities by weakening our public schools and eliminating the promise of education as a civil right. Baker warned the audience that within 5 years, Kooyenga’s Takeover could be taking $41 million out of Milwaukee Public Schools, abandoning the very institution of public education, which is the foundation of our democracy.

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“There’s a model that works, and it has nothing to do with governance,” Baker said referencing the proven Community Schools model. “You don’t have to take schools from their democratically elected school board and hand them to private operators to make that happen.”


Baker also criticized Kooyenga for his efforts eliminating the one school “choice” program in Wisconsin that actually worked–Chapter 220–a voluntary integration program in Wisconsin that transferred students between MPS and suburban districts. Kooyenga later responded by calling the Chapter 220 program “out of date” and “offensive,” showing his complete lack of understanding of that powerful desegregation intiative.


Baker further stressed, “the City of Milwaukee has had more experiments in governance than any other city in the country and for the last 25 years and that has not moved the needle.”


Attacks on education that shift public dollars to unaccountable operators will not lead to greater opportunities for Milwaukee’s children, it will not decrease segregation, or eliminate the inequities in school funding that still exist. Education is a civil right and Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association is committed to defending and improving our public schools to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity for all.

Lauren Baker Lays Out the Flaws in Wisconsin’s School Funding Formula from MTEA Union on Vimeo.