ERIC Number: ED439939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
First Year Site Visits to Milwaukee Urban Systemic Initiative Schools. A Report on the Milwaukee Public Schools Milwaukee Urban Systemic Initiative.
Huinker, DeAnn; Pearson, Gretchen; Posnanski, Tracy; Coan, Cheryl; Porter, Corrie
The Urban Systemic Initiatives (USI) program is an effort sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that targets large urban school systems with the goal of sustainable implementation of high-quality, standards-based teaching for the purpose of attaining system-wide increases in students' learning of challenging mathematics and science. The Milwaukee Public Schools joined USI in 1996 with the Milwaukee Urban Systemic Initiative (MUSI). The goal of this report is to contribute data to the formative evaluation of MUSI. It consists of information obtained from 1997 site visits to the First Wave schools towards the end of the first year of implementation. The purpose of the site visits was to develop an understanding of the science and mathematics program at each school and to gain an understanding of the impact of MUSI. Site visits were conducted at 18 of 51 First Wave MUSI schools which consisted of eight elementary, six middle schools, one K-8 school, and three high schools. Criteria for site selection included: (1) diversity of representation according to level; (2) diversity of geographic location; and (3) no two schools serviced by the same Mathematics and Science Resource Teacher (MSRT). Conversations with students, teachers, and principals and classroom observations are reported. Major findings were highlighted in the areas of student and teacher tools and materials; student grouping arrangements and equity; student engagement tasks, and activities; and connections which focused on the presence of connections between students' lives, subject areas, careers, and culture. (Appendices contain a list of First Wave Schools, general guidelines for conducting a site visit, guidelines for being a team leader, a classroom observation form and checklist, and 3 interview protocol forms for students, teachers, and principals.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Principals, Questionnaires, Science Achievement, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, State Programs, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Urban Schools
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research, School of Education, 265 Enderis Hall, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Milwaukee. Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research.