When I was a kid, summer school was thought of as a place for slackers and ne'er-do-wells, and kids that struggled to keep up during the academic year. Now, I think summer school can be valuable to everyone, from the lagging learner to the valedictorian.
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On Saturday, May 12, Lloyd Barbee Montessori School, 4456 N. Teutonia Ave., will host the sixth annual Milwaukee Public Montessori Peace Summit, which this year focuses on the theme of "Kindness Rocks."
The Betty Brinn Museum was selected as one of 15 organizations in the country to participate as a designated Making Spaces Hub, an innovative program partnership between Google, Maker Ed and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh that supports maker-centered learning in schools and STEAM education.
Surely, you've heard me say it before. Milwaukee Public Schools' family of public Montessori schools is unrivaled in the United States. No other city can boast seven traditional public Montessori schools plus one district charter Montessori program. On March 7, a busload of folks from Madison is coming to check out three of the schools.
The world is full of beautiful, unexpected collisions. Take for example the upcoming "After School's Out" benefit concert at The Hotel Foster on Friday, March 22. The show, organized by Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric and his better half - and OnMilwaukee.com contributor - Lindsay Garric was put together to raise money for Lloyd Barbee Montessori, a Milwaukee Public Schools Montessori program housed in the former Garden Homes School on 24th and Teutonia.
What does a Montessori education really look like? Prospective parents, prospective teachers, current Montessori families, the media and community members who want to learn more are invited to take a look as MPS - which operates the largest collection of public Montessori schools in the U.S. - hosts a Montessori Summit on Saturday, Oct. 6. Admission is free.
Milwaukee's Montessori schools - Lloyd Barbee, Craig, Fernwood, Kosciuszko, MacDowell and Maryland Avenue - which enroll 3% of the district's roughly 80,000 students, tend to score above district averages in most subjects and have better retention and lower mobility rates than other MPS schools. A number of them even outscore state averages. In a couple weeks, a new MPS Montessori will open in the old Tippecanoe School on Howard Avenue.
MPS is making Montessori education public; accessible to everyone. MPS has been offering Montessori education since the mid-1970s. We are expanding this year by growing MacDowell at Juneau Campus and opening a new school in the old Tippecanoe building.
The North American Montessori Teachers' Association hosts a double-themed conference in Milwaukee at the Hyatt Regency this weekend. In addition to discussing "Strengthening the Montessori Culture in the Public and Private Sectors," the conference, which runs from Thursday through Sunday, will also look at "The Essential Montessori Mathematics."