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AmeriCorps Helping Students and Schools Succeed

Friday, September 8, 2017

As schools and districts across Wisconsin head back to school, many are considering new approaches to school improvement planning. Partner organizations can play a vital role in supporting efforts to ensure these plans contain the necessary components for student and school success.

City Year has partnered with Milwaukee Public Schools for the last eight years to bring together a diverse group of AmeriCorps members to serve as tutors, mentors, and role models, working full-time to assist Milwaukee public schools. During their year of service, AmeriCorps members develop relationships with their students to support their academic, social-emotional, and behavioral growth.

City Year partners with teachers, administrators, and the district to deliver a holistic set of services that help students develop crucial academic and workforce readiness skills, while fostering conditions for learning to keep students, particularly those most at-risk, on a path to graduation and beyond.

City Year Support Services

Our services align with school improvement planning by supporting:

  • Multi-tiered Systems of Support and Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports - City Year AmeriCorps members collaborate with teachers to review student data and implement responsive evidence-based academic, social-emotional, and behavioral supports to keep students on track to graduation.
  • Personalizing the learning environment - Serving full-time in classrooms, City Year AmeriCorps members support small group instruction and work alongside teachers to personalize the learning environment.
  • Extended Learning Time - City Year supports the extension of the school day by providing before and after school programming aligned with classroom learning.
  • Early Warning System Implementation - City Year AmeriCorps members collaborate with teachers to implement Early Warning and Response Systems and leading meetings about student progress with partner teachers and administrators.

Ultimately, City Year Milwaukee’s goal is to support our partners across the state to further student success. Strong partnerships, on multiple levels, are crucial in ensuring that all students in Wisconsin are provided a high-quality education to reach their highest potential. To learn more about City Year Milwaukee’s support of Milwaukee Public School’s students, visit

Subcriber submission - Meralis Hood is Executive Director and Vice President of City Year Milwaukee and a former teacher and administrator with Milwaukee Public Schools.