Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent Dr. Greg Thornton recently approached the Greater Milwaukee Committee to address an important problem: the loss of human capital. MPS will need to replace 700 teachers by August of this year.
In response, the GMC and its education committee created the “teachtown” initiative. Teachtown will help MPS widen their talent pool, and create some important supports for them so that new teachers are able to access our community and make meaningful connections to their students and to Milwaukee.
It is crucial that we support this process for Milwaukee. Nationally, teacher hiring figures for elementary and secondary school were 36% higher in 2010 than in 1999 (301,000 versus 222,000), and those figures are projected to increase 28% between 2010 and 2021 to 384,000. Milwaukee is competing with our sister cities throughout the United States to attract and retain quality teachers and instructors.
The GMC has collected a great group of partners in order to make this happen. We’ve compiled a “new teacher package” that includes:
- A year pass to Milwaukee’s architectural landmark, the Milwaukee Art Museum
- Passes to the Milwaukee County Zoo from the Zoological Society of Milwaukee
- A year pass to Discovery World
- A year membership to the Boerner Botanical Gardens from the Friends of the Boerner Botanical Gardens
- Tickets to NBA games from the Milwaukee Bucks
- Passes to the world-famous Summerfest Music Festival
- Tickets to shows from the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF)
- Tours given by Historic Milwaukee Inc.
- Programs given by the Urban Ecology Center
- Free coffee drinks from Stone Creek Coffee
- A ready-to-go library card from the Milwaukee Public Library
- A week pass and membership signing package from the YMCA
If you are interested in learning more about Teachtown or getting involved with this project, please visit the official teachtown website at www.teachtownmke.com.