STCM leaders head back to school early

August 06, 2015

Though September may feel a long way off, more than 125 educators from across Milwaukee joined us for a day of intensive collaboration and training to prepare for the coming school year.

The day of professional development on Tuesday, July 28th brought together principals, deans of students, instructional leaders, and lead teachers from 37 Milwaukee Public Schools, private Choice schools, public charter schools, and local education nonprofits to share best practices and learn from one another. The training, made possible thanks to a generous sponsorship from BMO Harris Bank, was designed to equip those running schools to be more effective leaders, especially while managing aggressive efforts to change and improve their schools.

Another focus of the day: breaking down the invisible barriers that too often keep teachers and leaders in Milwaukee’s different education sectors from working together, said STCM Executive Director Abby Andrietsch.

“By bringing together school leaders from traditional district, Choice, and charter schools around Milwaukee, this training helped continue to break down the silos that too often hinder positive change in our city,” Abby said. “The mixture of teachers and leaders that attended made for a powerful cross-pollination of education ideas.”

One session focused on leading effective trainings for teachers. Another featured a panel discussion with students and parents of STCM network schools.

Ryan was one leader who attended the training. Ryan just started as the new principal at Mt. Lebanon Lutheran School.

“The day of training was a critical step in unifying our leadership team,” he said. “It was energizing, and I can already see how the connections made with other school leaders from across the city will impact our students and their learning.”

It was the training on adult learning that made the biggest impression on Angela Meadows. Angela is City Year Milwaukee’s Impact Manager for Dr. George Washington Carver Academy of Mathematics & Sciences.

“Having the opportunity to learn with professionals from all sectors about Adult Learning was both rewarding and timely,” Angela said. “I appreciated how we were able to build community in such a short amount of time and engage in productive, professional, and fun learning!”

To close the day, Dr. Howard Fuller gave an inspiring and challenging talk that, in part, encouraged leaders to have faith in themselves.

“You’re definitely going to make mistakes,” Dr. Fuller said. “We can’t be so concerned about making mistakes that we stop being creative.”

For most leaders in the room, last week’s training was just the beginning. Many who attended the training will receive direct support from STCM during the coming school year.

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