OHMS construction skills training moving to Barack Obama School

OHMS founder Ezzard White explains his construction training program to representatives from the National League of Cities and My Brothers Keeper in August 2014 at Barack Obama School. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

Working to find new workshop space for more than six months after being forced out of North Division High School, One Hope Made Strong, which teaches construction industry skilled trades to low-income adults, has found a home at the Barack Obama School.

Majority of Milwaukee school board members are up for re-election

Members of the school board listen as a student provides testimony on behalf of a charter school. (Photo by Molly Rippinger)

While the terms of five members of the nine-person school board will end this spring, there are only two contested races in the April election.

‘No Place Like Home’ lets students combine arts with community building

Seventh graders at Golda Meir Gifted and Talented School worked on a coat drive as part of a service-learning project. (Photo by Robyn St. John)

Youngsters learn about their city while building arts-related skills through a new Arts@Large initiative.

Cold-weather closures compel some groups to stay open for first time

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, 2819 W. Richardson Place, extended its hours because of weather-related school closings. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee and a few other nonprofit organizations stayed open for the first time during an MPS cold weather closure last week to meet the increased needs of area parents and youth.

Favorite of 2014: Former MPS superintendent backs Common Core education standards

Howard Fuller sees school choice as a critical component to the future of education, but says politicians, educators and parents must work together. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service covered a wide range of stories focused on central city neighborhoods during 2014. NNS reporter Matt Wisla explains why the story republished here is the favorite of those he wrote this year.

Great Handshake competition trains students in character, communication

Students and judges interact during the preliminary stage of The Great Handshake competition. (Photo by Jabril Faraj)

Students from Milwaukee College Prep tested their confidence and social skills at The Great Handshake championship.

Special Report: Nearly three-quarters of MPS high school students labeled ‘truants’

Though the most recent data available shows an increase in the number of MPS students in seats, truancy has plagued the district for more than a decade. (Photo by Tessa Fox)

More than a decade of increased truancy in MPS high schools prompts questions about what the district is doing to address the empty desks.

Housing Authority spelling bee gives kids chance to s-u-c-c-e-e-d

The city’s Housing Authority runs an annual spelling bee to help students build self-confidence and composure under pressure.

Urban teacher-training program emphasizes making connections

Siefert Elementary School physical education teacher Joe Pitsch works with a first grader on his throwing skills using the “step, point, throw” technique. (Photo by Raina J. Johnson)

New teachers from across the University of Wisconsin System volunteer for an urban teacher-training program that addresses their own cultural and socioeconomic biases.