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.

Eighth-grader publishes book about how teens view Milwaukee

Jack Hietpas is making 100 books by hand to be sold at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Riverwest and online at Hidden Color Press. (Photo by Caroline Roers)

Jack Hietpas, a student at St. Robert School in Shorewood, is making 100 handcrafted copies of an anthology expressing teens’ experiences and perceptions of the city.