Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/25/2018 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Parent and Community Engagement
Type: Action
Subject: 1. Report with Possible Action on the Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 7.01 - Teaching and Learning Goals
Attachments: BLMA Winter Update
File Attachment:
BLMA January Board Update (002).pdf
Background: On July 27, 2017, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors approved four staff members for the Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement (BLMA) -- Juan Baez, Ed.D., Director; LaNelle Ramey, Director; Paul Moga, Coordinator; David Castillo, Planning Assistant and Sergio Muniz, Public Ally. The BLMA Team began on August 14, 2017. Each brings diverse perspectives and experiences to the department.

The department reports directly to Superintendent Darienne Driver, and works to analyze data and adopt local and national best practices that result in improved academic and life outcomes for students.

Over the last three months the Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement has been working in each of the five priority strategies in the following ways:

1. Selection of four pilot schools with BLMA Metrics Committee for the Manhood Academy

2. Aligning MPS Way Framework and Culturally Responsive Practices to the Manhood Academies and district community schools

3. Development of communications plan to begin promoting positive narratives about Black and Latino male students

4. Conducted listening sessions at 16 middle and high schools, engaging over 400 hundred Black and Latino male students

5. Engaged more than 20 community partners, businesses and potential funders regarding support for the Department of Black and Latino male achievement

6. Collaborated with MATC and UWM around short and long term strategies for the recruitment and retention of teacher including Black and Latino male teachers

7. Presented Department priorities strategies at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Black School Educators

The presentation will provide an update on the work of the department since September 2017.
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not authorize expenditures
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee reports having received the foregoing report from the Administration. Although this item has been noticed for possible action, no action is required.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Director