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1 Does Inner-City Teaching Interest You? Brett Fuller Curriculum Specialist Health, Physical Education, Safe & Supportive Schools Trina Schuh Physical Education Specialist Rufus King Middle Years Erika Minzlaff Physical Education Specialist Carson Academy

2 Milwaukee Demographics There are 166 schools within MPS. They include: – 113 Elementary schools (including K8s) – 8 schools serving grades 6-12 or K-12 – 4 Middle schools – 23 High schools – 18 alternative schools Schools are a mix of traditional, charter, alternative and partnership schools. In addition, the district has Early Childhood programs and Head Start. Over 135 Physical Education Teachers

3 The Good news 2011 MPS School YRBS 55% of middle school student watched 3 or more hours of TV on an average school day (down from 66% in 2001). 42.8% of high school students watched 3 or more hours of TV on an average school day (down from 52.3% in 2005, the first year the question was on the survey). 30.6% of high school students were physically active for at least 60 minutes per day on five or more days in the last seven (up from 24.4% in 2005, the first year the question was on the survey).

4 The Need in MPS 2011 MPS School YRBS 68.3% OF Middle School children had 1 or more days of PE in the average week (down from 76.6% in 2003) 18.1% of Middle School children had daily PE (down from 29% in 2001) 41.4% of High School students had 1 or more days of PE in the average week (down from 59.4% in 2005) 23.6% of High School students had daily PE (down from 46.6% in 2005)

5 The Reality Physical Education took a big hit in after lay offs. Superintendent Thornton has reversed the trend, dedicating funds to Physical Education. (e.g. Elementary Schools without a Physical Education Specialist): – school year 61 schools – school year 16 schools Varying degree of equipment per school Varying facilities Parental support MPS does not have a cohesive K-12 curriculum Communication between elementary /middle/high school PE Specialists is limited or non-existent

6 The Positives In the 2013 – 2014 school year will see additional PE positions added to MPS schools. MPS has been fortunate enough to have received 5 PEP grants. MPS is making a commitment to student wellness: – Community Learning Center Focus on Wellness funding – FITNESSGRAM 9.0 adopted by MPS Board of School Directors in June 2012 – Making partnerships with the community around obesity (Medical College of Wisconsin, UW-M, Petit National Ice Center, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, etc…)

7 Support Systems – Mentor for first year – New Teacher Support Seminars – Wellness and Prevention Office Brett Fuller Dale Garman: District Adapted Physical Education Specialist – WPO Website: – Additional new teacher supports being developed with business partners in Milwaukee

8 Human Resources Application Process – Online Application Process –

9 Requirements Minimum of Dual Certifications: Physical Education/Health Recommendations Lifeguarding in addition to Water Safety Instructor certification if you want to work in High School Adapted Physical Education License SPARK training experience FITNESSGRAM

10 Placement Have your college contact Brett Fuller directly for all placements: – Student Teaching – Field Visits

11 Where am I Now? Dr. Benjamin Carson Academy of Science -Approximately 500 Students -Head Start - 8 th Grade -97% Free and Reduced Lunch -K-4 – 8 th Grade have PE at least one time a week

12 What’s my story? Erika Minzlaff Attended this same presentation in 2009 at WHPE University of Wisconsin Stevens Point – Physical Education – Health Education – Adapted Physical Education Student Teaching – Humboldt Park K3-8 th Grade Approximately 600 students – 39% White – 32% Asian – 20% Hispanic – 9% African-American

13 Year One “There is a first time for everything” My First Week – Everything was new – Overwhelming – Had not even started teaching Making Connections – With Students – With Parents – With Staff

14 Making it Count One child at a time Get involved – Extra duties – Committees – Coaching/Afterschool Activities In the gym – Exposing the children to new opportunities – It is not all about basketball – Everything isn’t about winning

15 The Path of Education for Trina Schuh What’s my story? University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh – Education Program Student Teaching Experience – F.J. Gaenslen School Serves Approximately 600 students K4-8 th 39% of the student population has special needs Sage School: Grades K5-3 rd

16 Education Cont. – Riverside University High School Offers a rigorous university preparatory program – MPS’s largest and most inclusive AP program Serves Approximately 1600 students Taught 2 Sophomore Level Courses and 2 Adapted P.E. Courses African-American65.9% Hispanic15.1% White8.9% Asian6.8% Native American 0.4% Other2.9%

17 Townsend Street School Student Demographics – Approximately 380 students K4-8 th Grade Physical Education – K4-5 th receive physical education once a week for 40 minutes – 6 th -8 th receive two 40 minute class periods every week African-American96.0% Hispanic0.5% White1.2% Other2.4% Free-Meal82.7% Reduced Meal 8.3% Not F/R Meal 9.0%

18 Rufus King International School -Grades Serves Approximately 1,900 students -With a strong focus on academics, activities and diversity, Rufus King International School-High School Campus is the 2012 top-rated Wisconsin public high school (Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report). We offer a rigorous pre- university course of study which meets the needs of highly-motivated secondary students. Alaska Native 0.2% Asian or Pacific Islander 8.5% Black not Hispanic 69% Hispanic5.6% White not Hispanic 16.7% Students with Disabilities 12.9% Limited English Proficient 1.2% Economically Disadvantaged 60.2%

19 Fantasy & Survival : The Stages a First Year Teacher Experiences Fantasy Stage – The notion that you are going to change the world! Straight from college --- we have been equipped with the “best practices”. We will be wonderful teachers --- right? Survival Stage – The first week of school --- reality strikes! – You will experience this stage for the first few years of your career. – Mentors are essential during this stage Surrounding yourself with positive influences Mastery Level – When am I going to be a great teacher?

20 Team Concept The Importance of Camaraderie – As a Staff Member Learning Team, PBIS, School Softball Team, Sports Coordinator – In the Classroom Everyone is at different levels No put downs If you excel at this, help out another classmate Team Challenges – “I” vs. “WE

21 Teaching in a low-income inner-city school can wear down the most energetic professional. It is imperative to recognize and genuinely appreciate every motivational factor that comes your way. I started the school year thinking and believing that “I” had to make a difference, and that “I” was solely responsible for the success of my students. “I” was wrong! “WE” make a difference in the lives of our students. “WE” work together to help the students become successful. Trina Schuh, June 2009

22 “WE” represents students, staff, parents and the community. I cannot do it alone. Once I stopped focusing on “I”, improvement was made in all aspects of my life. I became a better teacher because I was now a “team player” in every essence. I felt cohesion as a staff member, and most importantly I felt the bond growing between myself and my students. Also, sources of motivation began flooding in, and I did not take them for granted. For example: smiles, hugs, good mornings, high fives, genuine apologies, and student successes became sources of motivation that carried me through the day and continue to do so. Creating a community in which everyone works together is the fundamental building block of success. It is not an easy task and requires a lot of hard work. The transition to a team-focused concept is proving to be a success for me. Always remember you do not work for MPS, you do not work for your administrators, you do not work for your students --- you work with them. Trina Schuh, June 2009

23 Recommendations/Insight Journal/Daily Reflection Time Support Systems Don’t take Things Personally! Balance in Your Life Show Your Heart! ALWAYS TRY YOUR BEST TO DO YOUR BEST TO BE YOUR BEST

24 Your Future (anywhere) Make yourself invaluable Integration of curriculum Personal relationships

25 Websites Milwaukee Public School District: Application Milwaukee Public School’s Webpage pt Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

26 Question/Answer Time

27 Thank You for Your Dedication to Children Brett Fuller Curriculum Specialist: Health, Physical Education, Safe and Supportive Schools Milwaukee Public Schools Wellness & Prevention Office 5225 W. Vliet St., Room 265 Milwaukee, WI Phone: Fax: Trina L. Schuh Physical Education and Health Teacher Rufus King International School - Middle Years Campus 4950 N. 24th Street Milwaukee, WI (414) Erika Minzlaff Physical Education Teacher Dr. Benjamin Carson Academy of Science 4920 W. Capitol Drive Milwaukee, WI (414)

28 Milwaukee Public Schools Elementary Physical Education MPS Active Classrooms MPS Board of School Directors Dr. Michael Bonds, President Larry Miller, Vice President Mark Sain, District 1 Jeff Spence, District 2 Annie Woodward, District 4 Dr. Peter Blewett, District 6 David Voeltner, District 7 Meagan Holman, District 8 Terrence Falk, At-Large Senior Team Dr. Gregory Thornton, Superintendent Naomi Gubernick, Chief of Staff Darienne Driver, Chief Innovation Officer Tina Flood, Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Karen Jackson, Chief Human Resources Officer Michelle Nate, Chief Operations Officer Gerald Pace, Esq., Chief Financial Officer Anita Pietrykowski, Director, School Administration Denise Callaway, Communications & Partnerships Patricia Gill, Executive Director, Family Services Sue Saller, Coordinator to the Superintendent


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