What We Do

  • Engage, Empower, & Connect

    At Schools That Can Milwaukee, we engage, empower, and connect transformational school leaders to foster more high-quality schools, increasing opportunity and closing the achievement gap, especially for the kids and families who need it most.

    We identify leaders at all career stages, we help them get better, and we connect them with one another — all for the good of our city’s kids.

    No two great schools look exactly alike. That’s why we support school leaders across all school sectors to implement proven strategies and best practices relevant to the cultural identities of their students, their schools, and their communities.

  • Recruitment

    We identify and develop Milwaukee’s home-grown school leadership talent while recruiting high-quality leaders to our city from across the region and country. We then work directly with the schools we support to match high-quality prospective leaders to areas of need.

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  • Talent Development

    We have two leadership pipeline programs designed to develop and retain Milwaukee’s existing high-potential leaders.

    The Emerging Leaders Program

    The Emerging Leaders Program brings together a group of passionate educators for a year-long professional development experience designed to provide a hands-on introduction to school leadership.

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    The Burke Fellowship

    The Burke Fellowship is a rigorous two-year principal licensure program at Alverno College that combines classroom learning with job-embedded school leadership coaching.

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  • Coaching

    We provide continuous, customized, and intensive onsite coaching that helps school leadership teams develop culture, talent, and academics, with an emphasis on closing the achievement gap.

    Each of our school leadership coaches is themselves a proven school leader.

    Most of our coaching is provided to leaders at our Focus Schools, a group of 10 high-potential schools identified by STCM for significant support.

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  • Collaborative Professional Development

    Our monthly professional development Collaboratives create a cross-sector community for Milwaukee school leaders to share challenges and successes, and get better together for the students they serve.

    Believed to be the only forum of its kind in the U.S., these Collaboratives begin with an intensive two-day summer retreat that sets the tone and focus for the coming school year. Then, monthly sessions provide ongoing support and training.

    Collaboratives bring together participants that span school types, instructional models, and personal politics to support one another and share best practices. Leaders leave each Collaborative with practical tools they can begin using that same day.

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  • High-Quality School Visits

    Together, our coaches and school leaders visit high-quality schools locally, regionally, and across the country. During these visits, leaders are exposed to high-quality schools in action and see first-hand what’s possible when they implement best practices to transform their own schools.

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  • High-Quality School Expansion

    We work to expand high-quality, open-admission schools by making connections with local and national partners and philanthropists that want to support and invest in great schools.

    We also provide accountability to schools to which we previously awarded expansion funds through a one-time grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

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  • Community Leadership

    We provide leadership to, and build alliances between, other organizations, professionals, and volunteers that share our passion for transforming education in Milwaukee.

    We raise awareness of what’s possible and shine a light on our city’s best schools.

    We push mindsets and drive city-wide dialogue around educational best practices and issues that impact our students, schools, and school leaders.

    We connect the work of school leaders with key policy partners and decision-makers to improve conditions for successful schools.

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  • What Are Leaders Saying?

    • Schools That Can Milwaukee has provided significant assistance in our work to recruit and develop leaders that will take on new roles as we grow our network.

      Dr. Patricia Hoben
      Founder and Head of Schools
      Carmen Schools of Science & Technology
    • This was the first year that I felt as if I had a focus for my vision. Schools That Can Milwaukee equipped me with knowledge and strategic tools to make a dent in the transition from being a manager to an authentic instructional leader.

      Jennie Doucette
      Principal
      MPS James Fenimore Cooper School
    • By connecting with other school leaders through Schools That Can Milwaukee, I can honestly say I feel as though I am part of a broader vision for our city. Those connections have led to ideas, support, and an overall sense of solidarity for the students in our city.

      Kyra Vandebunte
      High School Principal
      Carmen Schools of Science & Technology, Northwest Campus
    • Schools That Can Milwaukee helped to connect me with other great leaders in Milwaukee schools across all sectors. I’ve been able to develop genuine relationships to receive guidance from — and concurrently help to serve as a resource to — others.

      Tianna McCullough
      Assistant Principal
      MPS Dr. George Washington Carver Academy
    • As a new school leader, I relied on the support and guidance of my Schools That Can Milwaukee coach to keep my work focused on student learning when the list of things to do can be overwhelming.

      John Meuler
      Director of Middle School
      Nativity Jesuit Academy

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