Transforming Education in Milwaukee During YPWeek

By Michelle Burmeister, Communications Director

This morning PAVE joined a group of young professionals and other school support organizations at YPWeek’s “Transforming Education in Milwaukee” event at the University Club. The 6th floor at the U Club was completely full and buzzing with interest waiting for MPS superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton to speak. As a nonprofit sponsor of the event, PAVE had the opportunity to set-up a table and talk to people about who we are and what we do. That’s me in the photo, sipping some coffee and gearing up for invigorating conversations (of which there were many!).

Transforming Education in Milwaukee


We’ve done a few of these types of events in the past year and I always walk away from them energized and hopeful that education in Milwaukee will improve because so many people genuinely care. Dr. Thornton made a plethora of notable comments and one of his overall messages was that our kids need us to actually get involved. To reference his sports analogy, we have to do more than put on the uniform, but actually get it dirty, and in the case of education in Milwaukee, we need to get it really dirty before we’ll see more progress.

I love the community support at these types of events and it’s reassuring to know that groups of influential leaders like The Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 have identified education as the most important issue facing Milwaukee, but listening to speakers at events and agreeing that education is the number one issue isn’t going to solve any problems. What is your approach to improving education in Milwaukee? How have you gotten involved or how do you want to get involved?

In case you need some guidance, in addition to PAVE, we’re fortunate to have many other awesome school support organizations in this city – Schools That Can Milwaukee, City Year, Teach for AmericaBoys and Girls Clubs, Junior Achievement, and the list goes on… The links will take you to their Web sites for more information.


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