Lessons from Elsewhere


You are invited… Lessons from Elsewhere. What Milwaukee Can Learn from Work on Improving Urban Education Systems Nationwide


With Milwaukee facing a fresh search for a public schools superintendent, continuing debate over what should be done with low-performing schools, and little overall progress for high-needs students, what paths should be pursued? At this morning-long conference, national experts will offer their thoughts on what is working elsewhere and what might be considered in Milwaukee.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
8 a.m. to Noon
Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall
Reserve your spot. The event is complimentary; however, registration is required.
Limited on site parking available

This event is cosponsored by Marquette Law School and the Marquette College of Education.



8 a.m. — Registration and light breakfast

8:30 a.m. — Introduction

8:40 a.m. — A conversation with Michael Casserly, long-time executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, a peer organization of leaders of the nation’s largest school districts. Casserly is a respected authority on characteristics of urban school systems that have had above-average success.

9:35 a.m. — A conversation with Paul Hill, founder of the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington Bothell. Hill developed the “portfolio school district management” idea being used in some cities. A leading figure in thought on urban school reform, Hill chaired the National Charter School Research Project and the Brookings National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education.

10:30 a.m. — Break

10:45 a.m. — Panel discussion – ideas and thoughts on what Milwaukee should pursue. Participants: Reuben Jacobson, senior associate for research and strategy, the Coalition for Community Schools of the Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, D.C.; Nata Abbott, GE Healthcare, Community Relations Director; Kole Knueppel, co-founder and managing director, Schools That Can Milwaukee; and Larry Miller, member of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.

12 Noon — Adjourn


  • Eckstein Hall
  • 1215 W. Michigan Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233