At University School of Milwaukee, we work to ensure that all students are set up for success. In 2019, USM welcomed Dr. Gina Haughton in the newly created role of director of equity and student success. The role focuses on support and guidance for new students and current students who may need extra support, and also supports the success of families and teachers at USM. Haughton works collaboratively with USM's administration, including each of the division heads. In addition, she assists the College Guidance office with support for these students as they prepare for college.
The director of students success also supports students by supporting classroom teachers with best practices related to planning and implementing engaging, differentiated lessons, varied assessments, and cultural responsiveness. The director meets with teachers from all grade levels and helps support their professional goals, observes teacher's instruction in classrooms in order to provide feedback and guidance, and collects data to create plans to support any students with academic or behavioral needs.
The role also supports the College Guidance office to aid student success beyond USM. The director assists first-generation college students through the application process, as well as the various processes for financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and works with these students to develop the life skills needed to be successful in college. The director supports the College Guidance staff by helping students and families find the "best fit" schools based on their individual priorities and needs.