Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools is the largest school district in Wisconsin. As of the 2015–16 school year, MPS served 75,568 students in 154 schools and had 9,636 full-time equivalent staff positions.
Expeditionary Learning has partners with schools, districts, charter management organizations, and states to build teacher capacity in service of a more ambitious vision of student achievement: one that joins academic challenge and scholarship to critical skills like perseverance, critical thinking, and an ethic of contribution to prepare students for success in college, career and citizenship.
Toyota Family Learning
Toyota Family Learning (TFL) is a six-year initiative that features intergenerational solutions to educational challenges that respond to societal changes by engaging families online, offline, and on the go. The initiative is led by the National Center for Families Learning and is funded by Toyota. At MESA the Toyota Family Learning project will include mentorship, trainings, and environmentally themed learning expeditions to support parent/family “co-learning” activities with their children.
Arts @ Large
Arts@Large uses the arts to cultivate vibrant, inclusive and innovative school communities where students excel and grow. Arts@Large works with MESA teachers to integrate the arts into their learning expeditions and the life of the school. These projects have included a mural, an aquaponics exhibit and a mobile culture stand that will students will use to provide healthy food and student-made items to families and community members.
The Brookby Foundation seeks to promote community well-being, primarily by supporting endeavors that advance artistic and scientific literacy, with a special interest in those that protect or improve the environment. The Brookby Foundation is providing financial support to MESA for the MESA Native Landscape Hub project, which will re-use up to 9,500 gallons of stormwater annually and will serve a sustainability learning space for the school and surrounding neighborhood.
Fund for Lake Michigan
The Fund for Lake Michigan (FFLM) supports efforts that enhance the health of Lake Michigan and its shoreline and tributary river systems for the benefit of the people, plants and animals. FFLM is providing financial support to MESA to install a stormwater re-use system and develop a set of replication resources to make it easier for other schools develop, maintain and link similar stormwater re-use projects to student learning.
Harley Davidson Foundation
Harley Davidson Foundation builds strong, skilled and sustainable communities. With their employees and dealers, they help to fulfill dreams through partnerships with charitable organizations. Harley Davidson Foundation is supporting the Eco-STEM Learning Badges pilot program at MESA where students, teachers and families will earn badges based on their understanding and application of Next Generation Science Learning Standards.
Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District (MMSD) is a regional government agency that provides water reclamation and flood management services for the Greater Milwaukee Area. MMSD supports projects that protect and improve local water quality, including green infrastructure development. MMSD provided financial support for the installation of its courtyard cistern at MESA, which will collect rainwater for use in its raised bed gardens.
Outpost Natural Foods
Outpost Natural Foods cooperative is a natural foods retail grocer serving the Milwaukee metro area that envisions an ideal world where our community has access to organically and locally produced goods. In 2014, Outpost selected MES as a community partner and provided financial and fundraising support for its food-themed learning expedition. Read more about MES in Outpost’s Graze magazine.
Reflo Sustainable Water Solutions
Reflo Sustainable Water Solutions is a leader in sustainable water use, green infrastructure and water management in urban environments. Reflo is working with MESA to develop conceptual an eco-campus site plan, implement a stormwater diversion and catchment system and a native landscape “hub,” and support teacher development and student learning as part of the 2014-15 weather-themed learning expedition.
Sharp Literacy, Inc
SHARP Literacy enhances future life success by energizing urban children, motivating them to identify themselves as confident, capable scholars and lifelong learners by inspiring engagement in reading, writing and research through hands-on interaction and visual arts. As a SHARP Literacy school, MESA teachers and students benefit from science and social studies themed classroom presenters, field trips, and books in kindergarten to fifth grade.
Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust
WI Green Schools Network
Wisconsin Green Schools Network (WGSN) helps teachers get students outside and use nature as a context for developing environmental literacy while increasing academic achievement. WGSN has supported MESA teachers by providing professional development, assisting with curriculum development and integrating environmental education resources.