Event Title

M3: Milwaukee Public Schools Graduates Attending UW-Milwaukee ? Improving Curricular Alignment, Retention, and Graduation Rates

Presenter Information

Kaitlin Trokan

Mentor 1

Vicki Bott

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

27-4-2018 1:00 PM

Description

M3 is the educational initiative that partners Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), and UW-Milwaukee (UWM) with goals to increase post-secondary education success rates. The primary goal of this study was to understand MPS graduates’ levels of preparedness upon matriculating at UWM with emphasis on math, English, and science. There were three focus groups conducted in Fall 2017 with approximately eight students in each focus group. While all graduates of MPS were invited to participate in the focus groups, the participants were largely comprised of graduates from Rufus King High School, Ronald Reagan High School, and Riverside University High School. There are three more focus groups planned for April 2018 and will include students not from Rufus King, Reagan, and Riverside. The goal is to gain data from a wide range of student experiences from a diverse amount of MPS high schools. Students from the Fall 2017 focus groups felt they were mostly prepared in math, English, and science; however, students described many challenges adjusting to the cultural environment at UWM. These results were compiled and shared with the heads of the English, math, and science departments at MPS, MATC, and UWM; the same will happen with the results of the April 2018 focus groups. The goal is to use this research to improve the student experience at UWM and to align curriculum among MPS high schools and UWM.

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Apr 27th, 1:00 PM

M3: Milwaukee Public Schools Graduates Attending UW-Milwaukee ? Improving Curricular Alignment, Retention, and Graduation Rates

Union Wisconsin Room

M3 is the educational initiative that partners Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), and UW-Milwaukee (UWM) with goals to increase post-secondary education success rates. The primary goal of this study was to understand MPS graduates’ levels of preparedness upon matriculating at UWM with emphasis on math, English, and science. There were three focus groups conducted in Fall 2017 with approximately eight students in each focus group. While all graduates of MPS were invited to participate in the focus groups, the participants were largely comprised of graduates from Rufus King High School, Ronald Reagan High School, and Riverside University High School. There are three more focus groups planned for April 2018 and will include students not from Rufus King, Reagan, and Riverside. The goal is to gain data from a wide range of student experiences from a diverse amount of MPS high schools. Students from the Fall 2017 focus groups felt they were mostly prepared in math, English, and science; however, students described many challenges adjusting to the cultural environment at UWM. These results were compiled and shared with the heads of the English, math, and science departments at MPS, MATC, and UWM; the same will happen with the results of the April 2018 focus groups. The goal is to use this research to improve the student experience at UWM and to align curriculum among MPS high schools and UWM.