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Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership: Sharing in Leadership for Student Success (Phase I and Phase II)


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Public Schools, and the Milwaukee Area Technical College comprise the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership. As a member of the Milwaukee Partnership Academy, a community-wide collaborative PK-16 effort among school, university, union, government, business, and community organizations, the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership seeks to substantially improve mathematics achievement for the 80,000 K-12 Milwaukee Public Schools students.

The Partnership involves mathematics faculty and mathematics educators in collaboration with PK-12 educators in strengthening district curricula, student assessment measures, and re-designing pre-service and in-service teacher preparation focused on the needs of an urban district. Through this Partnership, the Institutions of Higher Education Mathematics Network, consisting of 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, will be established to focus on the mathematical preparation and continued growth of PK-12 teachers and to improve the transition of students to post secondary education.

The Partnership embraces four major goals in order to improve student achievement:

  • Comprehensive Mathematics Framework:
    Implement and utilize the Comprehensive Mathematics Framework to lead a collective vision of deep learning and quality teaching of challenging mathematics across the Milwaukee Partnership. Strategies include PK-12 student Learning Targets and Model Performance Assessments, alignment of high school coursework with college expectations, and increased enrollment and success in challenging mathematics courses, including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate mathematics courses.
  • Distributed Leadership:
    Institute a distributed mathematics leadership model that engages all partners and is centered on school-based professional learning communities. Strategies include Math Teacher Leaders, school-based Learning Team, Principal Mathematics Leadership endeavor, and district mathematics leadership;
  • Teacher Learning Continuum:
    Build and sustain the capacity of teachers, from initial preparation through induction and professional growth, to understand mathematics deeply and use that knowledge to improve student learning. Strategies include the IHE Mathematics Network; Design Teams focused on core mathematical preparation for all PK-8 teachers, an elementary mathematics minor, and a secondary mathematics capstone course; teachers on special assignment as Teachers-In-Residence at the university; teacher recruitment; content-focused induction; and school-based professional learning communities.
  • Student Learning Continuum:
    Ensure all students, PK-16, have access to, are prepared and supported for, and succeed in challenging mathematics. Strategies include School Educational Plans, mathematics alignment for the Tutoring and Family Literacy Initiative, and Transitioning to College Mathematics effort.

Site Contributions
12/05/14Strategies for Developing Teacher Content Knowledge for Teaching the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
11/20/12Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership Final Report
09/12/12Perspectives on Deepening Teachers' Mathematics Content Knowledge: The Case of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership
04/06/12Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership, Phase I and II
03/28/12Unpacking Division to Build Teachers' Mathematical Knowledge
03/10/11Links Between Teacher Professional Development, Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching, and Student Achievement
03/10/11Comparison of Math Teacher Leader Models: Value-added Analysis of Student Achievement in Schools with Released and Non- released Math Teacher Leaders
01/31/11Linking Principles of Formative Assessment to Classroom Practice
01/28/11Math Focus Meeting Observation Protocol
01/28/11Social Network Analysis Survey
02/02/10Changes in School Learning Networks from 2006 to 2009
02/01/10The Impact of MMP School Involvement on Student Achievement
03/15/07Measuring the Effect of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership on Student Achievement
10/05/06How Valid Are Self-Report Survey Data Obtained from School District Personnel?
10/03/06The Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership: A path model for evaluating teacher and student effects
09/28/04What Is the Mathematical Knowledge Needed for Teaching: An Interactive Conference
09/21/04School Is Not Out for Some Math Teachers
09/21/04Math Teacher Leaders Learn to Coach Others, Improve School
09/21/04IHE Network Conference to Help Teachers Solve a Math Problem
06/02/04Mathematics Partnership Grant Strengthens Math Teaching and Learning
04/08/04Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership grant awarded by NSF
01/22/04Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership Grant