Preparing our students for high school and beyond

Prior to joining the incredible MJDS community, I taught in and led high schools for fourteen years. Starting in 2010 the schools I worked in began implementing Document Based Questions (DBQs) as part of their humanities and social studies curricula. The impetus for this came from multiple research studies and, locally, the work of two Read More…

How to get smarter

There is an amazing amount of evidence in the last several years debunking many long held beliefs about teaching and learning. At MJDS we strive to truly be lifelong learners and as such, be aware of this research and apply it to how adults and students learn best. With this in mind and in connection Read More…

The huge impact of social-emotional support

I am sharing two articles that I hope you take the time to read. You can access the first article by clicking HERE. This report from Harvard’s graduate school of education shares current research and actionable steps for schools to implement so that social-emotional learning is embedded in a student’s typical school day. At MJDS we already Read More…

Repairing Together at MJDS

We are so fortunate to have visionaries on our staff. Elsie Crawford leads our Repairing Together program (click HERE to learn more) which fosters relationships between MJDS, Milwaukee College Prep’s (MCP) 38th street campus, Bruce Guadalupe Community School and the Indian Community School. As part of this unique partnership, students from each school shadow one another at Read More…

How we learn at MJDS

What you see on the walls, doors and windows of a school can tell you a lot about the culture of teaching and learning that is occurring in that environment. If you walk upstairs at MJDS you will see these bulletin board displays that have been up for a few weeks. On the right are Read More…

Gratitude

As we move into our new year I wanted to post about an article that was recently shared with me by someone in the MKE community who is an amazing leader, models gratitude for her family and those around her. Please take a few moments to read and I hope your 2019 is full of Read More…

Professional Learning to begin 2019

Today was a great day at MJDS. Our staff spent the day learning together in preparation for the 2nd half of the school year. Full day professional learning during the school year is rare and incredibly valuable so we made the most of our time. The purpose of today was: To reflect on the the Read More…

A day in the life…

One of my goals this year is to visit every teacher’s classroom twice a week. The why behind this is so I am plugged into the teaching and learning happening across our school. It also provides the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with faculty and students about their growth throughout the year. I continue Read More…