Teachtown MKE

Teachtown MKE partner Find My Spot helps renters find apartments

From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published August 15, 2013


In addition to helping new Milwaukee residents, Find My Spot has partnered with the Greater Milwaukee Committee and its services will be provided to new educators in the Milwaukee area through the GMC’s Teachtown MKE initiative.

Find My Spot has been able to find a new home for about 130 new teachers since Teachtown went live on June 20, and hopes to help at least 200.

The GMC formed Teachtown MKE in January after Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton came to the committee with hopes to create an initiative to welcome new educators to Milwaukee replacing over 700 retiring teachers.

The GMC also partnered with MPS, Teach for America, City Year and Schools That Can for the “New Teachers Welcome Kit.” The kit includes a one-year pass to the Milwaukee Art Museum, tickets to Milwaukee Brewers games and a one-week trial membership from the YMCA.

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Teachtown MKE partner Find My Spot easing MPS teacher relocations

From The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee
Published July 26, 2013

City Year Corps member Sean Bussey recently moved to Milwaukee from Rockford, Ill., and said he was thrilled it only took him a couple of days to find an apartment.

An education-focused nonprofit based in Boston, City Year partners with high-risk urban schools to improve course performance and behavior.

To help with his relocation, Bussey used Milwaukee tech startup Find My Spot, a service being provided to hundreds of new educators moving to Milwaukee through the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s new Teachtown MKE initiative.

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Milwaukee Public Schools are focused on success — and the future

Featuring the efforts of the GMC’s Teachtown initiative
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published July 12, 2013

We have 24 million reasons to celebrate in Milwaukee and in Milwaukee Public Schools.

Members of the MPS Class of 2013 earned $24 million in scholarships this year, $6 million more than the Class of 2012. Our students have been admitted to some of the most competitive and prestigious colleges in the nation including Stanford, Columbia, Morehouse, Dartmouth and West Point, as well as fine institutions of higher education in Wisconsin including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Alverno, UW-Stevens Point, Mount Mary, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee School of Engineering and UW-Madison. Three MPS students are among just 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars nationwide and have good-through-graduation scholarships covering tuition, room and board and expenses.

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Teachtown MKE partner Find My Spot is apartment matchmaker

From BizTimes
Published July 8, 2013

Summer is often a time when renters are on the move. Whether it’s a graduate moving on from college, a professional relocating for a new job or someone simply looking for a change, it’s an active time for relocation.

Find My Spot, a Milwaukee-based startup founded by Heather Johnston in October, is aiming to disrupt the relocation industry.

One example of this is the recently launched initiative called Teachtown MKE. The initiative will help 200 Milwaukee Public Schools, Teach For America and City Year teachers relocate this summer. These teachers will have access to a custom online portal –
teachtown.findmyspotmilwaukee.com – that features move-in specials from buildings, a custom relocation packet, and video tours of various properties.

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MPS gears up for influx of young professionals

Featuring the efforts of the GMC’s Teachtown initiative
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published June 26, 2013

Milwaukee Public Schools has hired or extended offers to about half of the nearly 600 new educators it needs by fall to replace a wave of retiring teachers and principals, and it’s working on a campaign to build energy and excitement around the millennial workforce entering the district.

Young professionals born after 1981 make up about 80% of the district’s new hires so far, and they need to see MPS as well as Milwaukee as a place they can be successful, Superintendent Gregory Thornton said in a meeting this week with Journal Sentinel reporters and editors.

The changeover in staff is a major disruption for MPS. Thornton estimated that by the time all staff positions have been filled, about 1,200 people will be new to the district.

So the district has been partnering with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Teach for America, City Year, Art Milwaukee, Bucketworks and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee on an initiative to not only welcome new workers, but also to build avenues for them to stimulate change in the system.

“We have to create an environment where people want to work, live, learn, play, grow and make this city their home,” Thornton said.

The public-private initiative known as Teachtown MKE has been building buzz since spring, when MPS was ramping up recruitment efforts. The initiative has a variety of short- and long-term prongs, from offering new teachers relocation service assistance and welcome packages to setting up ongoing networking opportunities and innovation hubs within the district.

At its core, the effort represents a growing recognition of the power of young talent — how to get it here and how to make it want to stay.

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