Welcome to the UW System Institute for Urban Education (IUE). The IUE is a UW System program housed at the UW-Milwaukee. The purpose of the Institute for Urban Education is to:

  • Create a residential initial educator preparation program for preservice teachers from UW System campuses.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for practicing teachers in urban classrooms.
  • Support scholarly research focused on urban education.


Save-the-Date **** August 2015 ****

IUE Professional Development Conference
UWM School of Continuing Education, Downtown Milwaukee

Conference Theme
“Professional Development in Urban Education: Designed for Teachers, by Teachers and with Teachers”

Call for Proposals coming in early spring.

IUE In The News

EdLine 2014, Page 34 – Institute for Urban Education: Supports UW System student teachers working in Milwaukee

UWM Report: May 2014 Issue, Page 8 – Relocated from Madison, UWM-based institute draws majors to Milwaukee

About the IUE

Schools and programs of education have a responsibility to respond to the persistent education gap that exists in public schools. This gap has consequences throughout our society. Although the structure of economic opportunities provides a major influence on the gap in performance, school-related variables also have an impact on the performance of culturally and socio-economically diverse youth.

Within the dialogue around, and research on school reform, one factor consistently identified as influential is the presence of an effective teacher in the classroom. The preparation of highly effective, culturally relevant and responsive teachers to serve the needs of culturally diverse youth should be central to the mission of schools and programs of education within the UW System. The UW System Institute for Urban Education is a program designed to establish urban educational opportunities for pre-service teachers and in-service teachers as well as for scholars.

The Institute aims to:

  1. Improve the depth and quality of the applicant pool for Wisconsin Public Schools.
  2. Increase professional development opportunities for Wisconsin teachers who are working in urban settings or want to work in urban settings.
  3. Create a program that facilitates the integration of science and practice in the area of urban education.
  4. Increase and improve the collaborative teaching and research efforts of UW System Schools and Programs of Education.

IUE Enrollment History


UW-System Campus Resources

Student Teaching Handbooks
Assessment/Observation Forms for Student Teachers
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Resources

Book Titles We Recommend: (most are available on Amazon.com)

Leading for Social Justice: Transforming Schools for All Learners by Elise M. Frattura et al

Poverty is NOT a Learning Disability: Equalizing Opportunities for Low SES by Lizette Y. Howard

Social Worlds of Children Learning to Write in an Urban Primary School by Anne Haas Dyson

Reflective Teaching: An Introduction (Reflective Teaching and the Social Conditions of Schooling Series) by Kenneth M. Zeichner et al

The New Teacher Book: Finding Purpose, Balance, and Hope During Your First Years in the Classroom

Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement

Open Minds to Equality – A sourcebook of Learning Activities to Affirm Diversity and Promote Equity by Nancy Schniedewind et al

Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children by Gloria Ladson-Billings

Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement by Robert J. Marzano et al

Star Teachers of Children in Poverty by Martin Haberman

Differentiation for Real Classrooms: Making It Simple, Making It Work by Kathleen Kryza, et al

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester and Karen Barbour

White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: A Guide to Building Inclusive High Schools, Promoting High Expectations, and Eliminating Racism by Julie Landsman and Chance W. Lewis

Other Links & Resources