Dear Milwaukee Succeeds Friends,
For anyone who needs some inspiration on how Milwaukee Succeeds is helping close the achievement gap on education issues, listen to this teacher from Carver Academy:
“I’ve been an MPS teacher for 25 years, when I first heard about the TRI model, I was upset. I know what I’m doing; I don’t need a TRI Coach telling me what to do with my students. But, after I met with my TRI coach and began to understand the TRI model, I discovered new ways of teaching and reaching my students. The TRI model is awesome. I’m a first grade teacher, and it is apparent which students are introduced to the TRI in K5. They’ve retained information from the prior school year, which makes my job that much easier. I’m not playing catch up.”
This teacher shared her story last Thursday night at the MPS Department of Research & Development’s November Research Review, where more than fifty Transformational Reading Instruction (TRI) coaches, teachers, MPS staff, data researchers from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and community advocates gathered at Central Office on Vliet Street.
TRI creates readers by providing intensive evidence-based coaching to K-2 teachers on foundational reading and social emotional skills; this coaching is then aligned with tutoring, parent engagement workshops, and experiential learning opportunities.
Debbie Kuether, Manager of K-12 Literacy for MPS (far left), Dr. Rachel Lander of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (far right) and I spoke about the TRI model that has been implemented in five Milwaukee Public Schools (Gwen T. Jackson, Clarke Street, Carver Academy, Rogers, and Forest Home) along with choice and charter schools (St. Catherine and MAS). Several teachers from those schools gave heartfelt testimonies about how TRI has been a great tool in improving how their students learn.
Yolanda Tooks, Assistant Principal at Clarke Street Elementary School, described how she had been dreaming of an easy-to-use tool that could guide research and evaluation activities and ensure the work is aligned with the District Improvement Plan. She said when she was later introduce TRI, she said it was exactly what she wished for.
“The TRI model is an amazing tool that makes our jobs as educators so much easier,” said Ms. Tooks.
A teacher from Gwen T. Jackson told team, “I have 30+ children in my classroom with so many different needs. When I heard of this TRI model I was cynical because this was one more thing added to my plate that I don’t have time for. When I met with my TRI coach and began implementing this in my classroom, I felt like there was a weight lifted from my shoulders. My children are learning faster and retraining so much more information. I love the TRI model.”
See you soon,
Danae Davis | Executive Director
101 W. Pleasant St., Suite 210, Milwaukee, WI 53212