May 11, 2016

Hi Friends,

Our good friend Thiphachanh “Thip” Aitch, the School Support Teacher at Gwen T Jackson School, is responsible for providing academic coaching modeling best practices for teachers. She also facilitates professional development sessions and supports teachers with analyzing and effectively utilizing data to drive instructional decisions. Thip has assisted in facilitating the “My Very Own Library” (MVOL) events this year and is looking forward to the last MVOL event that will take place at Gwen T Jackson May 25th.

Milwaukee is one of six communities selected to take part in the MVOL literacy initiative, dedicated to putting books into the hands of children in need. The program is supported by the Feeley Family Foundation, Scholastic Book Fairs, Milwaukee Public Schools and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. United Way and MPS have partnered to match the $250,000 grant award, dollar for dollar. 

Three times this academic year, more than 3,400 MPS students will get to choose free new books to start their own home libraries and build their reading skills through the My Very Own Library (MVOL).

What a wonderful alignment with our Milwaukee Succeeds Goal 2: School Readiness. Up until 3rd grade, students learn to read, after that point they read to learn. This is why the level of reading proficiency in Milwaukee is alarming and improvement is crucial. We hope there is great attendance at the last MVOL event at Gwen T Jackson on May 25th.

Take it away Thip.

See you soon,



If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn” – Ignacio Estrada
Gwen T Jackson was one of ten Milwaukee Public Schools to participate in the My Very Own Library program which will wrap up for this school year on May 25.  MVOL encourages and supports students' love of reading by providing them the opportunity to choose brand new, free books to build their own home libraries. At Gwen T. Jackson Early Childhood and Elementary School (GTJS), books are highly valued by our students. As an acknowledgement of their hard work and dedication during the school day, students are able to select free books of their choice so that they can continue to practice their literacy skills at home.

Some of the data utilized to improve reading outcomes for our K5 – 2nd grade students is collected from the instructional practices utilized by teachers as a result of the Milwaukee Succeeds comprehensive Transformative Reading Instruction (TRI) initiative. I’m happy to say that Gwen T Jackson is a very unique school because here we are fortunate enough to have both initiatives. Coupled with TRI, MVOL is rooted in research indicating that students foster a life-long love of reading and demonstrate stronger literacy skills as they build home libraries. TRI allows teachers to improve their professional practice through side-by-side coaching and support in teaching foundational literacy skills. The combination of the teacher's hard work, the structure and valuable resources from TRI, MVOL, parental involvement and the support of our community partners has not only increased reading scores, but has had a positive impact on increasing our students love of reading.


Danae Davis  |  Executive Director
Milwaukee Succeeds
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