Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Students from MacDowell Montessori School departed for Washington, D.C. today as part of a Learning Journeys pilot program that provides a five day, all expenses paid educational experience in the nation’s capital. During their trip, MacDowell’s students will have a unique opportunity to meet with MPS alumna Alethia Tilford for a tour of Howard University, a historically Black university founded in 1867. The campus tour will be followed by dinner with Ms. Tilford at famous D.C. restaurant Ben’s Chili Bowl.
Four hundred MPS students at select schools will participate in the trip during the 2017-2018 school year, but the Washington, D.C. Learning Journey will eventually grow to support all MPS ninth graders. Students will visit the White House, Smithsonian Museum, Holocaust Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the U.S. Supreme Court among many other educational attractions.
The program is being funded by Herb Kohl Philanthropies, founded by former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, and is supported by the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation.
“We are pleased to support MPS Learning Journeys by funding these student trips to Washington, D.C.,” said Herb Kohl. “We want students to have the opportunity to learn about leadership, government, civics and democracy through the invaluable experience of travel that connects the real world to their classrooms. Whether it’s the trip of a lifetime or a life-changing trip, we encourage and support students taking it.”
Learning Journeys are high-quality educational events provided at no cost to all MPS students in six different grade levels. Each Learning Journey is designed by MPS subject-area experts in collaboration with community partners and each aligns with and supports specific, grade-level subject matter.
A Learning Journey connects learning in the classroom to experiences throughout our community and gives students the chance to have hands-on learning experiences, engage their senses and imagination, and explore the city beyond their own neighborhoods. Current Learning Journeys include Boerner Botanical Gardens, Discovery World, Junior Achievement, Milwaukee Public Museum and Oak Ridge Farm in Waukesha County.
“The MPS Foundation is so very pleased with our partnership with Herb Kohl Philanthropies to make this 9th Grade Learning Journey to Washington, D.C. happen for 400 of our MPS students,” stated Ann Terrell, executive director of the MPS Foundation. “It has been exciting to plan this groundbreaking program which will be life-changing for our students. The events we have planned for them for this Learning Journey are aligned to their studies and we’ve included some really fun things for them as well!”
Students at select MPS schools will begin experience this Learning Journey in early 2018. The MPS Foundation and Herb Kohl Philanthropies are partnering with Brightspark Travel, a leader in the educational travel industry with more than sixty years of experience.
About Herb Kohl Philanthropies
Herb Kohl Philanthropies has long supported Wisconsin’s teachers and their schools along with high school students through a Scholarship and Fellowship award program. He also sponsors the state’s Teacher of the Year program and has added a new category of recognition to Principals for outstanding school leadership. In addition to recognizing excellence in education for students, teachers, schools and principals, Herb Kohl Philanthropies supports many educational programs and initiatives such as those that support literacy, pathways to college and experiential learning.
About Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation
The Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc., seeks to inspire, engage and motivate the community, including philanthropic, business, families, former and current staff and students, in the support of Milwaukee Public schools and the academic achievement of its students. The Foundation was founded in 1998 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation for educational and charitable purposes.
About Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:
- More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
- The MPS Class of 2016 earned $51+ million in scholarships; and
- MPS is home to seven of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.