Even with increased participation, Wisconsin students do well on AP exams. The percentage of students earning at least a passing score was 68.4 percent, 9.1 percentage points higher than the national average.
State Superintendent Tony Evers noted Miller leads by example—seeking National Board Certification, taking additional coursework so as to provide cutting edge science instruction to students, living a commitment to helping both students and new teachers.
Miller pushes students to achieve through a science curriculum incorporating student-driven inquiry. “By creating a positive classroom environment that invites investigation, discovery, and curiosity, students can open their minds to a world of unforeseen knowledge,” she says.
Her AP students master complex concepts by translating them into biology-themed children's books.
She founded her schools annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Symposium, where over 300 students present original scientific research and projects to classmates, community members, and business leaders.
Her Beaker Buddies program pairs elementary students with high school volunteers for labs and other activities that spark interest in science.
Wide-ranging experiences and volunteerism outside of teaching prepared Miller to coach students on non-academic skills like pushing past personal barriers and knowing workplace expectations.
Wisconsin will use the grant for a project called "Focus on PLCs." Educators at schools with a particular need to raise achievement, or reduce achievement gaps, for students with disabilities will form PLCs. In these groups, they will analyze data and decide on actions for their own classrooms.
The grant will also continue to fund three projects initiated during a previous round of SPDG grant money in Wisconsin: the Early Childhood and Curriculum and Assessment Network, which uses an approach similar to PLCs to help young students with disabilities; the state's SPDG mini-grant program for colleges and universities, which enhances training for teachers related to students with disabilities; and helping the Parent Training and Information Center get parents involved in the PLC project.
Funding for the program came from settlement funds received by DFI over the last couple of years.
Wisconsin was the first state in the nation to develop content and performance standards defining what students should know about financial literacy.
“Preparing students to understand and participate in their own financial well-being through education in personal financial literacy is essential if we want every child to graduate with the knowledge and skills needed for success in college and career,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. These grants will help schools provide important financial literacy lessons to students.
The programs that will receive the grants and the amounts they will receive can be viewed in the online news release.
The theme is “Life Long Empowerment: Students and Parents Advocating for their Future.” The event is open to both middle and high school students and will provide them with meaningful and motivational information to better prepare them for college and for future success.
Students will have the opportunity to listen to college panel discussions and to speak firsthand with representatives from Wisconsin colleges. They will attend workshops on bullying, ACT preparation, personal development, and researching colleges and scholarships.
Keynoting this year is Thelma Sias, Vice President of Local Affairs for We Energies.
For information contact Kelly Ramirez, 414-443-8543, or visit the web site for registration materials. Deadline to register is November 9.
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