ACCESS is a project made possible through a Department of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant. The project includes three distinct but interconnected efforts that promote a highly effective diverse teaching staff able to implement culturally responsive practices (CRP).
1. Partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools to Support Culturally Responsive Practices
The first effort works with twelve Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) as they become models of CRP. As models of practice, these sites will demonstrate effective CRP instruction in each classroom and a school culture that supports and drives effective CRP. These sites will serve as host sites for UWM student teachers providing an immersive high quality clinical experience in CRP.
2. Alignment of Culturally Responsive Teaching in UWM Teacher Certification Programs
The second effort improves UWM practices through alignment of CRP in all teacher certification programs. While all UWM programs currently include CRP content and skills, the ACCESS grant allows the SOE to align CRP across all programs with depth, scope and sequence.
3. Support of the Professional Licensure with Undergraduate Support (PLUS) Program
The third effort creates a pathway for para professionals to become teachers through the PLUS program. This pathway is a partnership with MPS, MATC and UWM infused with CRP. ACCESS provides tuition, other financial supports and a coordinator to support participants.
Faculty and Staff Associates
Hannah Meineke, PhD
Molly A. Wolk