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About Teachtown MKE

In Milwaukee, we value our teachers. To prove it, the Greater Milwaukee Committee formed Teachtown MKE at the request of Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton. We are working with local partners to fuel a community dedicated to providing local educators with a warm welcome and continued gratitude. Our goals include:

  1. Showcasing Milwaukee as a city that appreciates its local educators
  2. Retaining and rewarding talented teachers
  3. Facilitating networks between educators and our community

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Be sure to check out the Teachtown MKE 2013-14 Yearbook for all of our first-year accomplishments!

Educators fuel our future.

The least we can do is greet you with a welcome package. The Greater Milwaukee Committee is partnering with area businesses and representatives to create the Key to the City (the “Welcome Kit 2.0”). Teachtown MKE educators, click here to check out everything the Key to the City provides for the 2014-15 school year (and details on how to redeem)!

New Teachers Welcome Kit

Please note: These opportunities are available only to new educators who have received their Keys to the City.

  • Educator’s Toolkit – Discovering Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods
    Looking for a great place to live? The Greater Milwaukee Committee and Teachtown MKE partnered with Find My Spot to help you find the right place to call home.
  • FUEL Milwaukee
    FUEL is offering a free 12-month membership ($50 value). Complete the membership form on the website and enter promotional code TEACHTOWN on the payment page to waive the fee.

    • For more information: Corry Joe Biddle, FUEL executive director - cjbiddle@mmac.org; (414) 287-4137
  • Milwaukee Film
    On a date TBD, Milwaukee Film will be offering a limited number of complimentary tickets to a specially selected festival film screening to Teachtown MKE educators. Stay tuned to the newsletter for details.

  • Milwaukee Public Museum
    Present your Key to the City and matching photo ID to receive free individual admission to the Milwaukee Public Museum. Download the 2015-16 Educator Guide to learn more about MPM’s education programs, dome theater shows, planetarium programs and educator resources.

    • For more information: Shawn Storey, Group Sales Manager - storeys@mpm.edu
  • Skylight Music Theatre
    Skylight is offering $20 price level seats the day of performances, which can be redeemed in person or over the phone at the box office with code TEACHDAYOF. Good only the day of desired performance; limit 2 tickets. Skylight is also offering one comp ticket to be used during the 2015-16 season, which can be redeemed in person or by calling the box office using code TEACH1516. Valid proof of involvement with Teachtown MKE must be presented at time of pick up. Finally, Skylight is also offering free membership to SkylightENSEMBLE, $20 level A tickets and discounts to other major art organizations.

  • United Performing Arts Fund
    UPAF is offering each educator the benefits of a SMART CARD, sponsored by Associated Bank, with your Key to the City. These benefits are typically only offered to UPAF donors at the $100+ level. The SMART CARD offers buy one, get one free tickets, or buy a single ticket at half-off, to one performance for each of the UPAF Member Groups. Popular local restaurants also offer discounts when you show your Key to the City. For more information on SMART CARD benefits, click here.

  • MKE Wave
    Educators will receive free tickets to a designated 2015-16 season game.
  • Discovery World
    New Teachtown MKE educators will be added to Discovery World’s Educator Community. Show your Key to the City for free admission to Discovery World for one year, plus receive a monthly e-newsletter about new developments, events, and special discounts for educators. Free, friendly, first-time and repeat field trip planning help is available through the teacher representative and DW’s reservations team. Also check out the events calendar for Discovery World’s free Educator Showcases.

  • Milwaukee Art Museum
    Show your Key to the City for free admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum.
  • Milwaukee Public Library
    Present your Key to the City to secure a special MPL Teacher Card. This card provides a range of special benefits to teachers. More information is available here.
  • Friends of Boerner Botanical Garden
    Teachtown MKE educators will receive a one-year complimentary educator membership to the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens. This includes unlimited access to Boerner Botanical Gardens and reciprocal admission benefits to over 300 AHS gardens nationwide. (A complete listing of participating gardens and benefits can be found at www.ahs.org.) Members receive discounts on FBBG classes and events, in our Gift Shop, and in Nell’s Garden Café.

    • For more information: Monica Jeske, education manager – mjeske@fbbg.org; (414) 525-5659
  • Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
    Teachtown MKE educators are eligible for HMI’s Student Membership. Student Memberships are just $20 and include FREE regularly scheduled walking tours as well as member discounts to special events, guide training classes, lectures, special tours and more. Simply use the coupon code “teachtown15” on the membership application to verify your participation in Teachtown MKE and you are on your way! Memberships expire one year from sign-up date and are tax deductible.
  • Pabst Theater/Riverside Theater/Turner Hall
    Watch your email for the opportunity for free tickets at the Pabst Theater, Riverside Theater or Turner Hall.
  • Alverno Presents
    Watch your email for the opportunity for free tickets to an Alverno Presents performance.
  • Stone Creek Coffee
    Present your Key to the City at any Stone Creek Coffee location for a 10% discount on a drink.
  • Milwaukee Brewers
    Teachers will receive two free tickets for a spring 2016 game (date TBD) courtesy of the Brewers Community Foundation.
  • Milwaukee Bucks
    Educators will receive free tickets to a designated 2015-16 season game.
  • Milwaukee Admirals
    Educators will receive free tickets to a designated 2015-16 season game.
  • UWM Recreation/Klotsche Center
    Teachtown MKE educators will receive membership to UWM Recreation/Klotsche Center at the faculty and staff rate (faculty/staff: $310/year; faculty/staff adult family: $232.50/year; UWM graduate, one year discount from date of graduation: $75/semester, $50/summer). To redeem this benefit, present your current Key to the City card and a matching photo ID at the Klotsche Center.

The Teachtown MKE Key to the City Card is made possible by the sponsorship of Associated Bank. Check out national discounts for educators!

Beyond The Books

Where great teachers connect, great ideas are born. Where great ideas are born, outstanding education thrives. This is your chance to create something outstanding. Submit your biggest, wildest, most audacious idea for cultivating education in your school or classroom. If chosen, Teachtown MKE and our community will make your idea a reality. So think hard. Dream big. Let’s inspire the generation to come. Click here to learn more.

Live in MKE

Making Milwaukee Home

We know that you’ll be looking for a place to call home in Milwaukee! Teachtown MKE and Find My Spot have put together some materials and services (free to you) that we think will be helpful:

  • A custom web portal created for you on the Find My Spot website (stay tuned for an updated website soon)!
  • Negotiated discounts on rentals that are open only to our Teachtown MKE Educators
  • Photos and Video tours of Milwaukee units
  • Neighborhood information & map with apartment locations

A free half hour neighborhood consultation by a Find My Spot neighborhood expert (phone or in-person).

A Find My Spot Relocation Packet including moving checklists, useful resources and links, lease signing tips and more! Check out the Find My Spot Educator’s Toolkit here.

Why MKE?

We’re home to thriving art, dining and music scenes, with a number of notable lifestyle awards. Get to know our neighborhoods and see why you’ll feel right at home.

Meet MKE

Art, science, cultural & natural history

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Performing arts

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Education for Educators

The Milwaukee area is filled with top tier professional development options for teachers looking to further their own educations.

Get Started

Are you interested in teaching in Milwaukee Public Schools? Apply or look into teacher vacancies. Would you like to volunteer inside a Milwaukee Public Schools classroom? Learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Want to make a difference with Teach for America in Milwaukee? Apply today! Looking to join City Year Milwaukee? Learn more.