Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/14/2023 - 5:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 4. Informational Report, with Possible Action, on Urban School Transformation
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Attachments Urban School Transformation
File Attachment:
Urban School Transformation 2023 (jh_jmh).pdf
Background: On January 20, 2023, the Division for Student and School Success -Title I Continuous Improvement Team from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced that Dr. Jennifer Hernandez was hired by CESA #1 as the Urban Transformation (UT) Executive Director to work directly with Milwaukee Public Schools and Racine Unified School District. The UT Executive Director works closely with each the superintendent and their administration to:
• provide strong encouragement or redirect district officials in the implementation of systems, processes, and protocols for Continuous Improvement purposes.
• provide public updates to the community and the Board of Directors or School Board on Continuous Improvement efforts being monitored by DPI.
• provide training in the school district in the areas of needed growth as determined by the district’s data and administration.
• work collaboratively with district staff as determined by the superintendent and /or his designee.
• serve as a liaison between the DPI staff responsible for improvement under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and identified district staff.
The Title I Continuous Improvement Team and CESA #1 are committed to collaborating with Milwaukee Public Schools through Dr. Hernandez, to ensure that all our students are able to achieve at higher levels. This partnership is uniquely designed to assist Milwaukee Public Schools and includes monthly updates to the superintendent and senior team from DPI and CESA#1 representatives as well as bi-weekly meetings between Dr. Hernandez and the chiefs from the offices Human Resources, School Administration and Academics.
Today’s presentation to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors will include information from

Dr. Keona Jones, the Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Student and School Success at the Wisconsin Department of Public instruction, our liaison, Dr. Jennifer Hernandez, the Executive Director of Urban Transformation, and Mr. Ben Ketterer, the Director of Title I Continuous Improvement from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Fiscal Impact Statement: n/a
Implementation and Assessment Plan n/a
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jennifer Mims Howell - Chief Academic Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent