School children of diverse backgrounds looking at a globe.

Mission Statement

To provide leadership and inspiration for learning and human development in urban communities.

Vision Statement

To become a premier urban school of education recognized for its diversity, and known for excellence in teaching, learning and research.


  • Recruit and retain a diverse faculty, academic and classified staff and student populations.
  • Increase scholarship and research productivity and their impact.
  • Develop infrastructure and support, including innovative technology, for research, teaching, service and partnerships.
  • Develop and maintain model collaborative ventures and partnerships.
  • Maintain and continue to improve a climate of respect and human dignity.
  • Model quality instruction and mentoring for undergraduate and graduate students.


We, as the UWM School of Education, commit to the following values:

Leadership: We value and are committed to competent and courageous leadership promoting an environment that reflects the needs of our diverse communities.

Excellence: We value excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service. We are committed to identifying creative solutions to challenges that face the community, the university, and the school.

Social and Ethical Responsibility: We value honesty, fairness, respect, compassion, and professional and scholarly ethics among faculty, staff and students. We are committed to increasing access to opportunity and promoting social justice.

Diversity: We value cultural and individual differences, including those due to age, gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, ability, national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, family configuration, philosophical orientation, and socioeconomic status, among others. We are committed to continuous critical reflections of self and practice central to the true spirit of diversity.

Communication and Collaboration: We value open communication and collaboration within and across SoE organizational units and with our partner communities. We are committed to maintaining a spirit of community where differences of opinion are encouraged and respected.