Our Mission

The demand that students develop skills that will will enable them to survive and thrive in the 21st century (communication, collaboration, problem solving) is rising.  This, in turn, is forcing a big shift in education -- away from the mass production, content-centric model in use for the last 100 years to student-driven work on real-world projects. As this transition unfolds we fear Milwaukee and its students will be left behind. Learn Deep aims to put Milwaukee out in front.

Practices and curriculum for this new model have been around for years. Though we see growing use, teachers and schools find the transition difficult. A shift to student-driven, project-based work recasts the role of the teacher and places new demands on schedules and processes within the school. Our goal is to accelerate the rate at which the mindset and culture that enable the effective use of these practices takes root and spreads.  Why now?



Our monthly Collab Labs bring educators and community partners together to share ideas and solve problems. They provide a chance to hear what other schools are working on and how they’ve overcome hurdles to implement innovative practices.

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We see lots of places where the ideas and enthusiasm of educators can lead to some remarkable opportunities for students.  We’re also big believers in trying things out at a small scale to better understand the challenges and opportunities at hand.

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We look to drive change from the bottom up by tapping into the energy of teachers who want to see their students do great things. Our cross-district initiatives are driven by the passions of teachers to engage students in meaningful, authentic work, and structured to build the capacity of schools to do even more.

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What’s New

  • We’ve set the schedule for this year’s Collab Labs.  In Collaboration with SafeNet Consulting, we’re kicking off the season in October with a look at developing computer science talent. [read more …]

  • Our workgroup met Tuesday evening to walk through our goals for the 2018-19 school year which are focused on getting Number Talks to take root within schools:

    – Validate assumptions about what needs to be in place for Number Talks to take root and spread within a school
    – Pilot effort with Brown Street Academy and Prince of Peace
    – Recruit and prepare additional educators in round 2 schools
    – Develop community of practitioners that can support pilot and round 2 schools [read more …]