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Image featurng Members of the Women’s Giving Circle (from left to right) Joanne Neusen, Karleen Haberichter, Emily Robertson, Diane Thieme, and Mary Domer

Members of the Women’s Giving Circle (from left to right) Joanne Neusen, Karleen Haberichter, Emily Robertson, Diane Thieme, and Mary Domer

The Women’s Giving Circle of the UWM School of Education was founded in 2006 “to bring together women alumni and former and current teachers of all ages who pool their gifts for greater impact and keep themselves current about education through their promotion of the School and its educational research.”

Historically, annual gifts of $1,000 or more have been contributed by each WGC Executive Committee member. We joyfully accept gifts of less than $1,000. Gifts can also be fulfilled with payments throughout the year. Annually, with input from the Dean, the Executive Committee members collectively decide how to designate their combined gifts to award our faculty-led projects that will impact education in our community and beyond.

Faculty speakers from the School are invited to the Circle’s gatherings to discuss new programs, cutting edge research, and upcoming student initiatives.

2022 Grant Recipients

Jenny Brownson, Senior Lecturer for the Elementary and Middle Education program, designed an effort to support and mentor teacher candidates. The grant, which ran from February to May 2022, supported a workshop for cooperating teachers to help them coach, mentor and evaluate the student teachers with whom they work.

Candance Doerr-Stevens, Associate Professor of Literacy Education, looked at ways of promoting teacher resilience through restorative circles in a project that ran from January to July 2022.

Angel Hessel, Distinguished Lecturer and director of student teachers in the Elementary Education program, is working to give student teachers the tools to build classroom communities. The work is carried out through the Peace Learning Curriculum offered in collaboration with the Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee.

Jeremy Page, Assistant Dean of Student Services is leading the SOE Jumpstart First Year Experience, which is now in its third year. The class is designed for students in the School of Education, providing them with resources that help them transition to campus and college.

Denise Ross, Associate Professor of Education, focused her project on developing a curriculum for the new applied behavior analysis certificate program. This is a graduate certificate for autism professionals scheduled to start in the fall of 2022. The project will involve seven students who will meet bi-weekly to align the course syllabi with university and professional requirements and infuse equity activities into the curriculum.